Loving Oneness Now
key: The Course offers us only one key to the dynamics of the ego,
namely the idea of sacrifice with its central theme that somebody must lose
(refer to the first quotation).
However, the Course offers us many valuable keys to rapid spiritual progress. These keys open the inner doors to: spiritual Togetherness (Oneness), Freedom, Peace, salvation, release, Light, our Real Thoughts, and Heaven. The quotations below explain each of these key themes in detail. (See: idea)
Sacrifice is a key idea to the ego: In the "dynamics" of attack is sacrifice a key idea. It is the pivot upon which all compromise, all desperate attempts to strike a bargain, and all conflicts achieve a seeming balance. It is the symbol of the central theme that somebody must lose. (T-26.I.1:1-3)
The key of spiritual Togetherness (Oneness): Enemies do not share a goal. It is in this 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. (S-1.IV.1:4-8)
The key to Freedom is the Holy Spirit's Plan: The happy learner meets the conditions of learning here, as he meets the conditions of knowledge in the Kingdom. All this lies in the Holy Spirit's plan to free you from the past, and open up the way to freedom for you. For truth is true. What else could ever be, or ever was? This simple lesson holds the key to the dark door that you believe is locked forever. You made this door of nothing, and behind it is nothing. The key is only the light that shines away the shapes and forms and fears of nothing. Accept this key to freedom from the hands of Christ Who gives it to you, that you may join Him in the holy task of bringing light. For, like your brothers, you do not realize the light has come and freed you from the sleep of darkness. (T-14.II.7:all)
Reason is the key to Peace: Reason is not salvation in itself, but it makes way for peace and brings you to a state of mind in which salvation can be given you. Sin is a block, set like a heavy gate, locked and without a key, across the road to peace. No one who looks on it without the help of reason would try to pass it. The body's eyes behold it as solid granite, so thick it would be madness to attempt to pass it. Yet reason sees through it easily, because it is an error. The form it takes cannot conceal its emptiness from reason's eyes. (T-22.III.3:all)
Here stands your brother with the key to Heaven in his hand, held out to you. Let not the dream of specialness remain between you. What is one is joined in truth. Think of the loveliness that you will see within yourself, when you have looked on him as on a friend. (T-24.II.7:6-8) & (T-24.II.8:1)
Another key to the door of Peace: Today's idea [my only function--of forgiveness--is the one God gave me] offers you escape from all your perceived difficulties. It places the key to the door of peace, which you have closed upon yourself, in your own hands. It gives you the answer to all the searching you have done since time began. (W-pI.65.3:2-4)
The key to understanding salvation: God's Will for me is perfect happiness. Today we will continue with the theme of happiness. This is a key idea in understanding what salvation means. You still believe it asks for suffering as penance for your "sins." This is not so. Yet you must think it so while you believe that sin is real, and that God's Son can sin. (W-pI.101.Heading) & (W-pI.101.1:all)
Our brother holds the key to our salvation: The key you threw away God gave your brother, whose holy hands would offer it to you when you were ready to accept His plan for your salvation in the place of yours. How could this readiness be reached save through the sight of all your misery, and the awareness that your plan has failed, and will forever fail to bring you peace and joy of any kind? Through this despair you travel now, yet it is but illusion of despair. The death of specialness is not your death, but your awaking into life eternal. (T-24.II.14:1-4)
Forgiveness is the key to our release: Forgiveness is the great release from time. It is the key to learning that the past is over. Madness speaks no more. There is no other teacher and no other way. (T-26.V.6:1-4)
My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world. This is the first idea we have had that is related to a major phase of the correction process; the reversal of the thinking of the world. It seems as if the world determines what you perceive. Today's idea introduces the concept that your thoughts determine the world you see. Be glad indeed to practice the idea in its initial form, for in this idea is your release made sure. The key to forgiveness lies in it. (W-pI.11.Heading) & (W-pI.11.1:all)
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. (W-pI.121.13:5-7)
The key to Light is forgiveness: 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. (W-pI.198.9:all)
Here is the key to our Real Thoughts: God is the Mind with which I think. Today's idea holds the key to what your real thoughts are. They are nothing that you think you think, just as nothing that you think you see is related to vision in any way. (W-pI.45.Heading) & (W-pI.45.1:1-2)
The key to the gate of Heaven: I am as God created me. Let us declare this truth as often as we can. This is the Word of God that sets you free. This is the key that opens up the gate of Heaven, and that lets you enter in the peace of God and His eternity. (W-pI.110.11:4-7)
kill: Most of us on a spiritual path shy away from
openly discussing or investigating such topics as killing, death and murder,
even though they are all around us in both our everyday lives and
entertainments. Furthermore the crucifixion or killing of Jesus is one of the
mainstays of traditional Christianity because it is considered to be the
sacrifice he made for us with God's blessing, a sacrifice which erases our sins
and saves us when we believe in him. We must, however, look at killing, death
and murder openly and very carefully.
In the Course Jesus radically reinterprets the crucifixion and the reasons for its occurrence. He tells us that crucifixion, killing, murder and death are the ego's aim because the ego always views God, Spirit and the Son of God as guilty "enemies" who are out to kill it, which, of course is something They would never do. Jesus also points out that he would never offer his body to us because, "no one can die for anyone and death does not atone for sin." (Refer to third quotation below.) In fact, then, his crucifixion was an act of defenseless Love that demonstrated God, Spirit and the Son (Who are guiltless) never resist and always forgive. Other sections of the Course emphasize the crucial importance of Jesus' resurrection, as well as the Fact that he could not die because it is impossible to kill any Son of God, our Selves included. In the first set of quotations concerning the crucifixion Jesus does not mince his words about the arrogance, motivations, deceits and distortions of the ego, whose only goal is our deaths as bodies.
The ego also desires the death of God, the Self and the Sonship. Believing this world and bodies are real, the ego thinks God is not only cruel (He brings pain, suffering and sickness) but also that He is responsible for everyone's eventual death. For example, a grieving parent may say, "Why did God take my child from me?" Therefore, the ego reasons (quite illogically) that keeping the body alive is our salvation, and that if only we could eliminate God (i.e., kill Him) we might be able to preserve our bodies (perhaps scientifically) for much longer than at present. All this reasoning of the ego is insane because God is only Love and Love does not kill to save. And bodies, of course, are not Real. Only the Self in us is Real and the ego wishes to kill it.
In the section below containing the quotations on special relationships the Course states clearly that every special relationship, because it excludes other people, is a senseless ritual between two separate partners. In the special relationship (after each partner has crucified his Real Self because it is a threat to his ego) each partner then tries to symbolically "kill" the other in order to replace his unworthy, inadequate, little ego-self (the unwanted self that he also wants to hide, repress and/or "kill") with the attractive "better" ego-qualities of the other partner which he desires to snatch and incorporate into himself. Thus each seeks to extract from the other his or her "better half." This insane ritual (a triple killing) is a reenactment of our separation from God and the Sonship in which we "kill" the unwanted God by renouncing His Love and then attempt to find a "better" specialness by substituting the pseudo-love and false "heaven" of the special relationship. This "heaven" the ego sees as its "salvation." Of course, these special "heavenly" relationships, being ego-fantasies, never last (even if the partners stay together) and so this guilty Godless ritual is played out over and over again, not infrequently in actual fantasies. (Refer to: T-16.V.all, for a detailed account)
In fact, it is our very separated specialness (as ego/bodies that fear and hate others who will steal from us the little "love" we have) which sees its safety in strong defenses and the murder (i.e., attack, war, ostracism, hate, vengeance, execution) of these enemies, near and far. Thus death and destruction, by protecting us (as egos) from perceived harm, become our "saviors." And so our fascinations with sickness, violence, death and murder become our savior-idols in both everyday life and our entertainments. In addition, the thousands of pleasant and pleasure-giving idols we make and seek are illusions that will fail us, and in the end they will merely precipitate us into our inevitable death. Fundamentally all idols (including special relationships) are intended to continuously kill the Son of God within ourselves and others. Thus the crucifixion is reenacted moment by moment by everyone.
Yet it is only our thoughts as separated Beings that make (manifest) all of this world of killing, attack, defense, guilt, sin and suffering. However, we are even more afraid of True salvation and Real Universal Love, which is why we stay here immersed in nightmares and compensatory fantasies of pseudo-love.
Once we perceive the murderer is within us and withdraw all our insane projections onto God and our Brothers, we can give the whole human dream-charade to the Holy Spirit and return Home Peacefully to discover God's Love never left our Christ-Minds. Always remember: The Son of Life cannot be killed. He is as immortal as his Father. (Refer to last quotation below.) (See: crucifixion, resurrection, relationships, death, murder, special)
CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH ARE ALWAYS THE EGO'S AIM; ESPECIALLY, THE EGO DESIRES TO KILL THE SON OF GOD
Crucifixion is always the ego's aim. It sees everyone as guilty, and by its condemnation it would kill. (T-14.V.10:6-7)
I [Jesus] elected, for your sake and mine, to demonstrate that the most outrageous assault, as judged by the ego, does 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 clear that this was only because of the projection of others onto me, since I had not harmed anyone and had healed many. (T-6.I.9:all)
THE IMMORTAL SON OF GOD [OUR REAL IDENTITY] CAN NEVER BE KILLED
Creation is the Will of Both together. Would God create a world that kills Himself? (W-pI.73.3:4-5)
Swear not to die, you holy Son of God! You make a bargain that you cannot keep. The Son of Life cannot be killed. He is immortal as his Father. What he is cannot be changed. (T-29.VI.2:1-5)
kind, kindness: The ego sees kindness as giving-to-get. It also thinks
it is kind when it "corrects" the sins and errors of others, usually
through attack, even though the ego has not the faintest idea of what true
correction is. True "correction" is genuine forgiveness. Note that all
ego-correction by ego is always attack. All egos believe they would be
totally kind if they were not forced to defend themselves from the unscrupulous
savage behavior of their enemies, even those close to them. Thus attack (however
cruel or "gentle") is always a "kindness" completely
justified and rationalized from every ego-angle. Some of us rationalize
"gentle" attack as "sharing."
Right-mindedness, on the other hand, comes from a mind that knows it is perfectly safe, and therefore wholly kind. In its knowledge of its own eternalness it is forever kind, patient and Loving. The way to accomplish this state of Right-mindedness is to Lovingly forgive all our brothers and release everyone from dreams of fear and attack.
Jesus and the Holy Spirit will happily assist us with this healing process if we let them. In this way we can be kind to ourselves, until, through our own healing we can help our brothers heal; then we can all wake up in the Mind of God.
It is important to Know that God Himself is Wholly Kind and only wishes to awaken us gently. God has given us Everything, including sharing all His Attributes which include Vision, Love, Light, Happiness, Kindness and Peace.
kingdom, Kingdom: The choice is simple; we choose to live in
the insane, barren, little kingdom of the ego/body in this world, or we choose
to Live in Love, Light, Peace, Joy and Oneness in the eternal Kingdom of
God--Which is His Mind.
When we separated from God and fell asleep we did so to achieve the specialness we felt He has refused to give us. By usurping God's Powers and Will (with which He freely endows us) we built an unnatural dreamworld of fictitious forms, including egos and bodies, but one bereft of Real Love and Light. In this false world of form we all separately strive to be very special, because specialness (such as winning, attractiveness, ownership, wealth, rank, etc.,) as well as the imaginary rewards and adulations which come from it, are our poor substitute for the Love, Light, Peace and Joy of the God we deserted. The Course uses a whole slew of negative adjectives (such as barren, cruel, unproductive, dry, lonely, joyless) to describe the characteristics of our impoverished world here--which includes all our egos. Our little kingdom is in direct opposition to God's Kingdom and there is no way the two can be combined, much to the chagrin of those who wish to join them.
What is God's Kingdom like? Well, the Course makes it quite clear that WE, as the Whole Sonship, are God's Kingdom. Of course, in our continuing state of self-imposed delusional separation, we are unaware of who we truly are, and therefore ignorant of the Kingdom of Heaven even though we are fast asleep in the middle of it. God, too, is the Universal Kingdom because it is His Mind-as-such in which we, as the Sonship, eternally exist. God shares all His Attributes with His Creations, and therefore Love, Light, Peace, Joy, Happiness, Freedom, Knowledge, Fatherhood, Innocence, Strength, Will, Reason and Oneness are our Attributes as the Sonship.
We are asked "to will" ourselves the Kingdom of Heaven because, in Reality, we are the Kingdom. The way to accomplish this, with the help of the Holy Spirit and Jesus, is through forgiveness, and accepting the At-one-ment process for ourselves and our brothers.
know not: As egos, separated from God, we do not know anything
about Reality or about the ego. The Course is saying, quite bluntly, we
could hardly be more blindly ignorant about everything--either
here or in Heaven.
The numerous quotations on what we do not know, are set out below in groups in accordance with the major themes they contain. For easy reference each quotation (or sub-group) has been given a bold introduction which summarizes the "what we do not know" content. In these bold introductions the word "Know" has often been capitalized because true Knowing is of God (and the Awake Sonship and the Holy Spirit), and it is this Knowing that we, as egos, do not Know.
WHAT, AS EGOS, WE DO NOT KNOW, AND WHY WE DO NOT KNOW IT
We do not Know what anything is for, its purpose, or its meaning: Purpose is meaning. Today's idea explains why nothing you see means anything. You do not know what it is for. Therefore, it is meaningless to you. Everything is for your own best interests. That is what it is for; that is its purpose; that is what it means. It is in recognizing this that your goals become unified. It is in recognizing this that what you see is given meaning. (W-pI.25.1:all)
The ego's witnesses do not Know: It is within itself it [the ego] sees the guilt. It is its own despair it sees in you. Hear not its voice. The witnesses it sends to prove to you its evil is your own are false, and speak with certainty of what they do not know. (W-pI.151.5:5-6) & (W-pI.151.6:1-2)
Frantic and loud and strong the dark ones seem to be. Yet they know not their "enemy," except they hate him. In hatred they have come together, but have not joined each other. (T-21.VII.3:1-3)
When we attack we do not Know we are Blessed: Those who attack do not know they are blessed. They attack because they believe they are deprived. Give, therefore, of your abundance, and teach your brothers theirs. (T-7.VII.7:5-7)
We do not Know our Real Thoughts are of God, because of guilt: 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. (T-5.V.7:2-4)
We do not Know our Self and so, as egos, we are our own enemy: Yet it is you who ask this of yourself, in deep injustice to the Son of God. You have no enemy except yourself, and you are enemy indeed to him because you do not know him as yourself [the Son of God]. (T-26.X.3:5-6)
We do not Know What is Real and what is illusion: It is the dream you fear, and not the mind. You see them as the same, because you think that you are but a dream. And what is real and what is but illusion in yourself you do not know and cannot tell apart. (T-28.IV.2:8-10)
Ego and Spirit do not know each other: The ego and the spirit do not know each other. The separated mind cannot maintain the separation except by dissociating. Having done this, it denies all truly natural impulses, not because the ego is a separate thing, but because you want to believe that you are. (T-4.VI.4:1-3)
We do not Know, as egos, what empathizing means: Make no mistake about this maneuver; the ego always empathizes to weaken, and to weaken is always to attack. You do not know what empathizing means. Yet of this you may be sure; if you will merely sit quietly by and let the Holy Spirit relate through you, you will empathize with strength, and will gain in strength and not in weakness. (T-16.I.2:5-7)
We do not Know our only problem is our separation from God: A problem cannot be solved if you do not know what it is. Even if it is really solved already you will still have the problem, because you will not recognize that it has been solved. This is the situation of the world. The problem of separation, which is really the only problem, has already been solved. Yet the solution is not recognized because the problem is not recognized. (W-pI.79.1:all)
We do not Know the Real purpose of this world: To change all this [death and disappointment], and open up a road of hope and of release in what appeared to be an endless circle of despair, you need but to decide you do not know the purpose of the world. You give it goals it does not have, and thus do you decide what it is for. (T-29.VII.8:1-2)
Let us be still an instant, and forget all things we ever learned, all thoughts we had, and every preconception that we hold of what things mean and what their purpose is. Let us remember not our own ideas of what the world is for. We do not know. Let every image held of everyone be loosened from our minds and swept away. (T-31.I.12:all)
We do not Know what idols are for, or their purpose here: What is an idol? Do you think you know? For idols are unrecognized as such, and never seen for what they really are. That is the only power that they have. Their purpose is obscure, and they are feared and worshipped, both, because you do not know what they are for, and why they have been made. An idol is an image of your brother that you would value more than what he is. Idols are made that he may be replaced, no matter what their form. And it is this that never is perceived and recognized. Be it a body or a thing, a place, a situation or a circumstance, an object owned or wanted, or a right demanded or achieved, it is the same. Let not their form deceive you. Idols are but substitutes for your reality. (T-29.VIII.1:all) & (T-29.VIII.2:1-2)
We do not Know what we Really need: For where the ego sees salvation it sees separation, and so you lose whatever you have gotten in its name. Therefore ask not of yourself what you need, for you do not know, and your advice to yourself will hurt you. (T-13.VII.11:4-5)
We do not Know our own best interests: I do not perceive my own best interests. How could I recognize my own best interests when I do not know who I am? What I think are my best interests would merely bind me closer to the world of illusions. I am willing to follow the Guide God has given me to find out what my own best interests are, recognizing that I cannot perceive them by myself. (W-pI.rI.55.4:all)
WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT HEALING AND SALVATION ARE
We do not Know where True healing originates: Healing does not come directly from God, Who knows His creations as perfectly whole. Yet healing is still of God, because it proceeds from His Voice and from His laws. It is their result, in a [unhealed] state of mind [in us] that does not know Him. The state [of unhealed mind in us] is unknown to Him [God] and therefore does not exist, but those who sleep are unaware [of their own unhealed state of mind, or of God]. Because they are unaware, they do not know. (T-7.IV.1:4-8)
We do not Know what salvation is: Whenever you feel your confidence wane and your hope of success flicker and go out, repeat your question and your request, remembering that you are asking of the infinite Creator of infinity, Who created you like Himself: What is salvation, Father? I do not know. Tell me, that I may understand. He will answer. Be determined to hear. (W-pI.72.12:all)
We do not Know the Way to God, so (as egos) we will not interfere with His Answer: 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. (W-pI.189.10:1-6)
We do not Know Who walks beside us on the Way: Truth has rushed to meet you since you called upon it. If you knew Who walks beside you on the way that you have chosen, fear would be impossible. You do not know because the journey into darkness has been long and cruel, and you have gone deep into it. (T-18.III.3:1-3)
WE DO NOT KNOW OUR CHRIST-SELVES, CREATION, OUR BROTHERS OR OUR CREATOR
We do not Know our Selves, our Creator, or our Brothers as the Sonship: You do not know yourself, 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. I have already said that only the whole Sonship is worthy to be co-creator with God, because only the whole Sonship can create like Him. (T-7.XI.6:2-4)
We do not Know our Creations--Who are our Brothers: You cannot deny part of truth. You do not know your creations because you do not know their creator. You do not know yourself 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. (T-7.XI.7:1-9)
You do not know your creations simply because you would decide against them as long as your mind is 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. (T-10.I.1:1-3)
This brother who stands beside you still seems to be a stranger. You do not know him, and your interpretation of him is very fearful. And you attack him still, to keep what seems to be yourself unharmed. Yet in his hands is your salvation. (T-19.IV.D.12:1-4)
We do not Know what our brother is for: What is your brother for? You do not know, because your function is obscure to you. Do not ascribe a role to him that you imagine would bring happiness to you. And do not try to hurt him when he fails to take the part that you assigned to him, in what you dream your life was meant to be. (T-29.IV.6:1-4)
We do not Know the Reality of our Father or Brothers: It is not the reality of your brothers or your Father or yourself that frightens you. You do not know what they are, and so you perceive them as ghosts and monsters and dragons. Ask what their reality is from the One Who knows it, and He will tell you what they are. (T-11.VIII.14:7-9)
We do not Know what our Reality is: Yet the reason for the Course is that you do not know what you are. If you do not know what your reality is, why would you be so sure that it is fearful? The association of truth and fear, which would be highly artificial at most, is particularly inappropriate in the minds of those who do not know what truth is. (T-9.I.2:5) & (T-9.I.3:1-2)
We do not Know our Christ-Self: Yet this Self you clearly do not know, and do not recognize It even though It functions. What functions must be there. (T-16.III.3:6-7)
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. (W-pI.139.7:all)
We do not Know our Selves when the Christ in us is unacknowledged: You are as God created you. Today honor your Self. Let graven images you made to be the Son of God instead of what he is be worshipped not today. Deep in your mind the holy Christ in you is waiting your acknowledgment as you. And you are lost and do not know yourself while He is unacknowledged and unknown. Seek Him today, and find Him. (W-pI.110.9:all) & (W-pI.110.10:1)
WE DO NOT KNOW WHERE WE ARE GOING OR WHAT WE DO
We do not Know Who we are, where we are going, or what we do: My Name, O 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. (W-pII.224.2:all)
The Holy Spirit is your strength because He knows nothing but the spirit as you. He is perfectly aware that you do not know yourself, and perfectly aware of how to teach you to remember what you are. Because He loves you, He will gladly teach you what He loves, for He wills to share it. (T-12.VI.2:1-3)
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 or on myself. Yet in this learning is salvation born. And What you are will tell you of Itself. (T-31.V.17:6-9)
WE DO NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CREATION AND WHAT WE MADE AS ILLUSION
We do not Know the difference between what we made and Creation: Truth is not absent here, but it is obscure. You do not know the difference between what you have made and what God created, and so you do not know the difference between what you have made and what you have created. (T-11.VII.4:5-6)
We do not Know Creation is timeless and changeless: What is timeless [all Creation] 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 Who created it. God does not reveal this to you because it was never hidden. (T-7.I.7:9-13)
WE DO NOT KNOW THE MEANING OF ANYTHING, INCLUDING LOVE
We do not Know the meaning of anything we perceive: You do not know the meaning of anything you perceive. Not one thought you hold is wholly true. The recognition of this is your firm beginning. (T-11.VIII.3:1-3)
We do not Know the meaning of Love: You do not know the meaning of love, and that is your handicap. (T-12.V.6:1)
We do not Know what anything means: When your peace is threatened or disturbed in any way, say to yourself: I do not know what anything, including this, means. And so I do not know how to respond to it. And I will not use my own past learning as the light to guide me now. By this refusal to attempt to teach yourself what you do not know, the Guide Whom God has given you will speak to you. (T-14.XI.6:6-10)
We do not Know that we (as egos) do not Know: Yet the essential thing is learning that you do not know. (T-14.XI.1:1)
WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT KNOWS: LIGHT, JOY, LIFE AND GOD'S WILL
We do not Know What the Holy Spirit Knows: He [the Holy Spirit] teaches healing, but He also knows of creation. He would have you see and teach as He does, and through Him. Yet what He knows you do not know, though it is yours. (T-13.X.7:6-8)
We do not Know we are Light: Understanding is light, and light leads to knowledge. The Holy Spirit is in light because He is in you who are light, but you yourself do not know this. It is therefore the task of the Holy Spirit to reinterpret you on behalf of God. (T-5.III.7:5-7)
We do not Know our Joy: 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 Self-fullness. Exclude any part of the Kingdom from yourself and you are not whole. (T-7.IX.4:1-3)
We do not Know that we are Blessed: If you are blessed and do not know it, you need to learn it must be so. (T-14.I.1:1)
We do not Know we have the Gift of Life: The gift of life is yours to give, because it was given you. You are unaware [do not know] of your gift because you do not give it. You cannot make nothing live, since nothing cannot be enlivened. Therefore, you are not extending the gift you both have and are, and so you do not know your [Real] being [as a co-Creator]. All confusion comes from not extending life, because that is not the Will of your Creator. (T-7.VII.5:1-5)
We do not Know God's Will is our Will as His Son: God's Will is that you are His Son. By denying this you deny your own will, and therefore do not know what it is. You must ask what God's Will is in everything, because it is yours. You do not know what it is, but the Holy Spirit remembers it for you. Ask Him, therefore, what God's Will is for you, and He will tell you yours. It cannot be too often repeated that you do not know it. (T-11.I.8:3-8)
WE DO NOT KNOW THE CERTAINTY OF GOD'S KNOWLEDGE OR HIS MESSAGES TO US
We do not know the certainty of Knowledge: To know is to be certain. Uncertainty means that you do not know. Knowledge is power because it is certain, and certainty is strength. Perception is temporary. (T-3.III.1:3-6)
Certainty is always of God. When you love someone you have perceived him as he is, and this makes it possible for you to know him. Until you first perceive him as he is you cannot know him. While you ask questions about him you are clearly implying that you do not know God. (T-3.III.5:2-5)
We do not Know the messages we have received from God: Would you receive the messages of God? For thus do you become His messenger. You are appointed now. And yet you wait to give the messages you have received. And so you do not know that they are yours, and do not recognize them. No one can receive and understand he has received until he gives. For in the giving is his own acceptance of what he received. (W-pI.154.8:all)
WE DO NOT KNOW GOD WANTS US TO REUNITE WITH HIM BY REMEMBERING HIM
We do not Know we are waiting only to reunite with God: God would reunite you with yourself, and did not abandon you in your distress. You are waiting only for Him, and do not know it. Yet His memory shines in your mind and cannot be obliterated. (T-12.VIII.4:5-7)
When we do not Know God, He is lonely: 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. (T-7.VII.10:4-8)
We do not Know God watches over us, and denies us nothing: God watches over His children and denies them nothing. Yet 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 yourself. (T-7.XI.3:9-11)
Father, let us be still and remember all we do not Know: Your Voice, my Father, then is mine as well, and all I want is what You offer me, in just the form You choose 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 [as ego] is nothing, but my Self is all. (W-pII.358.1:4-7)
know: The entry above
covered most of the things we do not know in this world, while the next
entry (after this one) covers What is Known and What we can Know about Reality
The quotations and information in this entry deal with a wide range of topics most of which have to do with ego, the separation, spiritual healing and right-mindedness. The quotations have been gathered into loose categories, the titles of which are self-explanatory. Each quotation (or sub-group) also has a brief introductory explanation in bold type that summarizes the main theme or content. (See: know not, Know (what is Real), Knowledge, healing, right-mindedness)
WE CAN KNOW THE EGO'S IMAGES OF SADNESS, ANXIETY, ETC., ARE NOT TRUE
When we are not joyous we should know this need not be: I have said that you cannot change your mind by changing your behavior, but I have also said, and many times, that you can change your mind. When your mood tells you that you have chosen 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 brother God created, and are perceiving images your ego makes in a darkened glass. (T-4.IV.2:1-3)
When we are sad we should know this need not be: When you are sad, know this need not be. Depression comes from a sense of being deprived of something you want and do not have. Remember that you are deprived of nothing except by your own decisions, and then decide otherwise. (T-4.IV.3:all)
When we are anxious we should know this need not be: When you are anxious, realize that anxiety comes from the capriciousness of the ego, and know this need not be. You can be as vigilant against the ego's dictates as for them. (T-4.IV.4:all)
We need but know the ego's images are not True: You are a mirror of truth, in which God Himself shines 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 the Holy One shine on you in peace, knowing that this and only this must be. (T-4.IV.9:1-3)
We can know that the goal of the curriculum is to find the Kingdom and our Selves: The Kingdom cannot be found alone, and you who are the Kingdom cannot find yourself alone. To achieve the goal of the curriculum, then, you cannot listen to the ego, whose purpose is to defeat its own goal. The ego does not know this, because it does not know anything. But you can know it, and you will know it if you are willing to look at what the ego would make of you. This is your responsibility, because once you have really looked at it you will accept the Atonement for yourself. (T-8.III.6:1-5)
When, as ego, we distort Reality we cannot know what Reality is: You cannot distort [God's] reality and know what it is. And if you [as ego] do distort reality you will experience anxiety, depression and ultimately panic, because you are trying to make yourself unreal. (T-9.I.14:3-4)
Our sick minds are too divided to know Creation shares Power: All forms of idolatry are caricatures of creation, taught by sick minds 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. Yet this is impossible, because you are part of God, Who is all power. (T-10.III.4:3-5)
We have to refuse to know our Selves [and this is blasphemy] in order to be sick: Blasphemy, then, is self-destructive, not God-destructive. It means that you are willing not to know yourself in order to be sick. This is the offering your god [of sickness] demands because, having made him out of your insanity, he is an insane idea. (T-10.V.3:5-7)
We are afraid to know God's Will: You are afraid to know God's Will, because you believe it is not yours. (T-11.I.10:3)
Our destructive thoughts cause God to Safely hide our Real Selves away from our egos: Do you really believe that you can kill the Son of God? The Father has hidden His Son safely within Himself, and kept him far away from your destructive thoughts, but you know neither the Father nor the Son because of them. You attack the real world every day and every hour and every minute, and yet you are surprised that you cannot see it. If you seek love in order to attack it, you will never find it. (T-12.VIII.1:1-4)
Do we not want to know our True Identity by relinquishing all judgment?: Desire now its [judgment's] whole undoing, and it is done for you. Do you not want to know your own Identity? Would you not happily exchange your doubts for certainty? Would you not willingly be free of misery, and learn again of joy? Your holy relationship offers all this to you. (T-20.VIII.1:6) & (T-20.VIII.2:1-4)
Ideas leave not their source as ego, or their Source as God: We know that an idea leaves not its source. And death is the result of the thought we call the ego, as surely as life is the result of the Thought of God. (T-19.IV.C.2:14-15)
No form of compromise is a solution to finding salvation: It is denied where compromise has been accepted, for compromise is the belief salvation is impossible. It would maintain you can attack a little, love a little, and know the difference. (T-23.III.3:6-7)
We know the signs of wanting to attack, and can rise above the battle: When the temptation to attack rises to make your mind darkened and murderous, remember you can see the battle from above. Even in forms you do not recognize, the signs you know. There is a stab of pain, a twinge of guilt, and above all, a loss of peace. This you know well. (T-23.IV.6:1-4)
We are not special; we can know the Truth: You are not special. If you think you are, and would defend your specialness against the truth of what you really are, how can you know the truth? (T-24.II.4:1-2)
If we believe in sin we cannot know of Heaven or salvation: What but a little faith remains to those who still believe in sin? What could they know of Heaven and the justice of the saved? (T-25.VIII.2:8-9)
As egos we do not recognize the idols we worship: What is an idol? Do you think you know? For idols are unrecognized as such, and never seen for what they really are. That is the only power that they have. (T-29.VIII.1:1-4)
This world of separation and ego is not our Real Home: This world you seem to live in is not home to you. And somewhere in your mind you know that this is true. (W-pI.182.1:1-2)
The Son of God who Knows Reality cannot know of ego and its attributes: The Son of God is egoless. What can he know of madness and the death of God, when he abides in Him? What can he know of sorrow and of suffering, when he lives in eternal joy? What can he know of fear and punishment, of sin and guilt, of hatred and attack, when all there is surrounding him is everlasting peace, forever conflict-free and undisturbed, in deepest silence and tranquility? To know reality is not to see the ego and its thoughts, its works, its acts, its laws and its beliefs, its dreams, its hopes, its plans for its salvation, and the cost belief in it entails. (Commentary 12 on "What is the Ego?" W-pII.12.3:all) & (Commentary 12 on "What is the Ego?" W-pII.12.4:1)
One egoless therapist [any of us] could heal the world by his Christ-Presence: 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. (P-2.III.3:7-9) & (P-2.III.4:1)
KNOWING HOW TO UNDO FEAR (WHICH DOES NOT EXIST) THROUGH PERFECT LOVE
Knowing the corrective steps for undoing error/fear: The first corrective step in undoing the error is to know first that the conflict is an expression of fear. Say to yourself that you must somehow have chosen not to love, or the fear could not have arisen. Then the whole process of correction becomes nothing more than a series of pragmatic steps in the larger process of accepting the Atonement as the remedy. These steps may be summarized in this way: Know first that this is fear. Fear arises from lack of love. The only remedy for lack of love is perfect love. Perfect love is the Atonement. (T-2.VI.7:all)
Jesus Knows that fear does not exist, but we do not: You may still complain about fear, but you nevertheless persist in making yourself fearful. I have already indicated that you cannot ask me to release you from fear. I know it does not exist, but you do not. (T-2.VII.1:1-3)
We need to cease questioning and listen to God's Answer [the Holy Spirit]: 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 what you are, so that you can cease to question it and know it for what it is. (T-9.VIII.11:8-9)
We will never rest until we Lovingly forgive everyone: You will never rest until you know your function [of Loving forgiveness] and fulfill it, for only in this can your will and your Father's be wholly joined. (T-11.II.6:1)
Our minds must be as pure as God's Mind to Know our inheritance: For what is unlike God cannot enter His Mind, because it was not His Thought and therefore does not belong to Him. And your mind must be as pure as His, if you would know what belongs to you. (T-11.III.7:5-6)
We will learn Everything when we know we know nothing: Those who remember always that they know nothing, and who have become willing to learn everything, will learn it. (T-14.XI.12:1)
The key test is Perfect Peace: Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone. (T-14.XI.12:4)
How can we know whether we choose Heaven or hell? Peace is the key: Yet any instant it is possible to have all this [fear and attack] undone. How can you know whether you chose the stairs to Heaven or the way to hell? Quite easily. How do you feel? Is peace in your awareness? (T-23.II.22:5-9)
JESUS KNOWS HOW TO GUIDE AND HELP US
Only Jesus Knows where miracles can be bestowed: They [miracles] are still expressions of your own state of grace, but the action aspect of the miracle should be controlled by me because of my complete awareness of the whole plan. The impersonal nature of miracle-mindedness ensures your grace, but only I [Jesus] am in a position to know where they can be bestowed. (T-1.III.8:4-5)
Healing is a collaborative venture with Jesus because he Knows what we should do: That is why healing is a collaborative venture. I can tell you what to do, but you must collaborate by believing that I know what you should do. Only then will your mind choose to follow me. (T-8.IV.4:8-10)
Jesus Knows the Will of God for us and will tell it to us: Would you know the Will of God for you? Ask it of me [Jesus] who know 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. (T-8.V.5:1-4)
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 [Jesus] because I asked it of Him, and learned of what He had already given. Our function is to work together, because apart from each other we cannot function at all. (T-8.VI.8:1-4)
To know our prayers are answered, we must trust any and all Sons of God: 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 [Jesus] whose faith in you [as a Son of God] cannot be shaken. (T-9.II.4:1-3)
Jesus asks us to forgive him as our brother: Forgive me [Jesus], 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. (W-pII.288.2:all)
Our gifts of Love bring Union with our brothers and Jesus: Your gift [of Gentleness and Love] unto your brother has given me [Jesus] the certainty our union will be soon. Share, then, this faith with me, and know that it is justified. (T-20.III.11:1-2)
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL TELL US ALL WE NEED TO KNOW
The Holy Spirit will tell us all we need to know: All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life. His Voice [The Holy Spirit] will direct you very specifically. You will be told all you need to know. (T-1.I.4:all)
We should know we cannot hurt or be hurt: 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, and 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 other, you will have learned of me and will be as eager to share your learning as I am. (T-6.I.19:all)
The Holy Spirit will tell us what is painful or joyous so we know the difference: The problem is not whether what the Holy Spirit says is true, but whether you want to listen to what He says. You no more recognize what is painful than you know what is joyful, and are, in fact, very apt to confuse the two. The Holy Spirit's main function is to teach you to tell them apart. (T-7.X.3:3-5)
To remember Real Universal Loving we first learn from the Holy Spirit that Loving is possible here: When you hear the Holy Spirit you may feel better because loving [your brother] then 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. (T-10.I.3:3-4)
We will Know the Holy Spirit when we receive His results [miracles]: Perceiving His results, you will understand where He must be, and finally know what He is. (T-12.VII.3:4)
The Holy Spirit will teach us all He Knows: Earlier, I said that the Holy Spirit shares the goal of all good teachers, whose ultimate aim is to make themselves unnecessary by teaching their pupils all they know. (T-13.I.1:1)
What we think we know was never true: Bid Him [the Holy Spirit] welcome, and honor the witnesses who bring you the glad tidings He has come. It is true, just as you fear, that to acknowledge Him is to deny all that you think you know. But what you think you know was never true. (T-16.II.6:5-7)
We can Know the Truth, but it is not outside us: But it is given you to know the truth, and not to seek for it outside yourself. (T-29.VII.1:12)
KNOWING OUR BROTHERS AS SONS OF GOD AND OUR CO-CREATORS
We will Know our brothers as Sons of God by accepting them as such: By following the right Guide [the Holy Spirit], you will learn the simplest of all lessons: By their [our brothers'] [spiritual] fruits ye shall know them, and they shall know themselves [as Sons of God]. (T-9.V.9:5-6)
God Knows his Sons as One, so we can know each other as One: 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. Everyone God created is part of you and shares His Glory with you. (T-9.VI.3:5-9)
We need to Know our brothers are co-creators with God and us: 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 co-creator with God until you learn that your brother is co-creator with you. (T-9.VI.7:8-9)
Say, then, to your brother: I give you to the Holy Spirit as part of myself. I know that you will be released, unless I want to use you to imprison myself. In the name of my freedom I choose your release, because I recognize that we will be released together. (T-15.XI.10:4-7)
When we look on Christ's face in our brother we will have no need of learning: So therefore let us seek to find Christ's face and look on nothing else. As we behold His glory, will we know we have no need of learning or perception or of time, or anything except the holy Self, the Christ Whom God created as His Son. (Commentary 6 on "What is the Christ?" W-pII.6.5:2-3)
WE CAN KNOW GOD AND, LIKE HIM, GIVE LOVE WITHOUT LIMIT
Our denial of God means we know we Love Him: You denied Him [God] because you loved Him, knowing that if you recognized your love for Him, you could not deny Him. Your denial of Him therefore means that you love Him, and that you know He loves you. Remember that what you deny you must have once known. And if you accept denial, you can accept its undoing. (T-10.V.6:3-6)
By acknowledging God we will know He acknowledges us unceasingly: When you acknowledge Him [God] you will know that He has never ceased to acknowledge you, and that in His acknowledgment of you lies your [Eternal Mind-] being. (T-10.V.8:2)
By giving Real Love we will know God gives us His Love without limit: Could any part of God be without His Love, and could any part of His Love be contained? God is your heritage, because His one gift is Himself. How can you give except like Him if you would know His gift to you? Give, then, without limit and without end, to learn how much He has given you. Your ability to accept Him depends on your willingness to give as He gives. (T-11.I.7:1-5)
We know we Live in God: 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. (W-pII.223.1:2-3)
Know (what is Real): Knowing (with a capital "K") is a
God-level experience, but that does not mean we are not able to experience
Knowing in a Holy Instant here. In the Course Jesus repeatedly tells us we can
Know our Christ Selves and our brothers as Sons of God. If all we want is
God, we can even experience the Mind of God directly while in wordless Communion
In our Minds we already have all the Attributes of God, such as Love, Light, Peace, Joy, Happiness, Freedom, Knowledge and Fatherhood, and we can Know them in our Selves (even while living in this world) once we no longer want the things of this world. In God's Mind, Which is Heaven, we Know we can create like God as co-Creators with Him, and even here we can also Know our Creations are waiting for us in Him.
We Know God has given each of us His Holy Spirit because we can find Him inside our Minds where God Himself placed Him. The Holy Spirit is the only Guide, Teacher and Comforter we need, and He will lead us through the At-one-ment process when we Will that He should do so. No miracles will then be denied us. Once filled with Light, our Minds can transform other Minds into Majesty.
True Knowing is not open to interpretation because it always comes to each of us as direct Revelation from God--and only from God or His Holy Spirit. God's Will is our True Will because, once we Know Him and share His Life and His Will, we could want no other kind of Life. Who would not want Perfection in Perfection?
God Knows we are willfully asleep and dreaming in an unreal dreamworld inside our closed minds which are inside His Open Mind. He is, however, unaware of our dreams because, in Reality, they do not exist. God wants us to wake up and remember Who we Really are, so He provided the Holy Spirit and the At-one-ment process to ensure we will wake up of our own Free Will, without coercion or force of any kind. We should Know, right now, that forgiveness and remembering Love is the key to the At-one-ment.
WE CAN ONLY KNOW OUR SELVES AS WE REALLY ARE--AS ETERNAL SONS OF GOD
Yet you can know yourself only as you are, because that is all you can be sure of. (T-3.IV.2:4)
Know yourself [as Self] in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear. (T-3.V.10:9)
This is a Course in how to know yourself [as an eternal Being in God's Mind]. (T-16.III.4:1)
When you are afraid, be still and know that God is real, and you are His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased. (T-4.I.8:6)
Yet you will recognize Him [the Christ-Self in you] as you give Him answer in the language that He calls. He will appear when you have answered Him, and you will know in Him that God is Love. (T-31.I.10:5-6)
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. (W-pII.252.2:all)
[Father,] You are the Self [I am] 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. (W-pII.253.2:all)
WHEN OUR MINDS KNOW ONLY LIGHT THEY WILL TRANSFORM OTHER MINDS INTO THE MAJESTY OF GOD
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. Recognizing the Majesty of God as your brother is to accept your own inheritance. God gives only equally. (T-7.XI.5:1-5)
WE CAN KNOW LOVE IS REAL WHEN WE KNOW ALL OUR BROTHERS ARE SONS OF GOD; WE ARE ALL WHOLE WITHIN GOD'S WHOLENESS
When you love [Love] someone you have perceived him as he is [A Son of God], and this makes it possible for you to know him [Truly]. (T-3.III.5:3)
Your gratitude to your brother is the only gift I [Jesus] want. I will bring it to God for you, knowing that to know your brother is to know God. (T-4.VI.7:2-3)
Through your gratitude you come to know your brother, and one moment of real recognition makes everyone your brother because each of them is of your Father. (T-4.VI.7:5)
Only God's holy children are worthy channels of His beautiful joy, because only they are beautiful enough to hold it by sharing it. It is impossible for a child of God to love his neighbor except as himself [as Self]. That is why the healer's prayer is: Let me know this brother as I know myself. (T-5.IN.3:5-8)
This is the way, and the only way to have His [the Holy Spirit's] answer, because His answer is all you can ask for and want. Say, then, to everyone: Because I will to know myself [as Self], I see you as God's Son and my brother. (T-9.II.12:4-6)
All your brothers must enter with you, for until you have accepted them you cannot enter. For you cannot understand Wholeness unless you are whole, and no part of the Son can be excluded if he would know the Wholeness of his Father. (T-11.III.7:9-10)
We will remember them [our brothers] throughout the day, because we cannot leave a part of us outside our love if we would know our Self. (W-pI.127.12:1)
IN GOD'S REALITY, WE CAN CREATE ONLY WHAT WE KNOW TO BE GOD'S CHILDREN
To create as He created you can create only what you know, and therefore accept as yours. God knows His children with perfect certainty. He created them by knowing them. He recognizes them perfectly. When they do not recognize each other, they do not recognize Him. (T-3.III.7:8-12)
God created you to create. You cannot extend His Kingdom until you know of its wholeness. (T-6.II.8:4-5)
That form of the law [of Creation by Extension] 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 own creation did. (T-7.II.3:7-9)
You do not know your creations because you do not know their creator. You do not know yourself 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 as like the Sons as they are like the Father. Know, then, the Sons of God, and you will know all creation. (T-7.XI.7:2-11)
KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT IS REAL AND OUR ONLY COMFORTER; HE IS IN EACH OF US
Real freedom depends on welcoming reality, and of your guests only the Holy Spirit is real. Know, then, Who abides with you merely by recognizing what is there already, and do not be satisfied with imaginary comforters, for the Comforter of God is in you. (T-11.II.7:7-8)
No miracle can ever be denied to those who know that they are one with God. (W-pI.124.6:1)
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. (W-pII.337.1:1-4)
TRUE KNOWING IS CERTAIN BECAUSE IT IS OF GOD; KNOW, THEN, WE ARE GOD'S KINGDOM
Knowing is not open to interpretation. (T-3.V.5:1)
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 extend you are. (T-7.II.3:4-6)
Beautiful child of God, you are asking only for what I [Jesus] promised you. Do you believe I would deceive you? The Kingdom of Heaven is within you. Believe that the truth is in me, for I know that it is in you. God's Sons have nothing they do not share. (T-11.VIII.8:1-5)
COMMUNION IS THE NATURAL STATE OF THOSE WHO KNOW GOD IN ETERNITY
Communion, not prayer, is the natural state of those who know. God and His miracle are inseparable. How beautiful indeed are the Thoughts of God who live in His Light! Your worth is beyond perception because it is beyond doubt. (T-3.V.10:4-7)
Eternity is one time, its only dimension being "always." 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. (T-9.VI.7:1-4)
Yet what has once been is so now, if it is eternal. When you remember, you will know that what you remember is eternal, and therefore is now. (T-10.I.3:6-7)
WE CAN LOOK ON REALITY PEACEFULLY AND KNOW IT TO BE TRUE
It is possible to look on reality without judgment and merely know that it is there. Peace is a natural heritage of spirit. (T-3.VI.9:6) & (T-3.VI.10:1)
Reality can dawn only on 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. To overlook nothingness is merely to judge it correctly, and because of your ability to evaluate it truly, to let it go. (T-10.IV.2:1-4)
For I [each of us] 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 nearby, as you send out these thoughts to bless the world. (W-pI.132.15:3-4) & (W-pI.132.16:1)
What I [each of us] seek today transcends all laws of time and things perceived in time. I would forget all things except Your Love [Father]. 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. (W-pII.346.1:4-7)
I [each of us] 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. (W-pII.355.1:6-8)
WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW GOD, AND WILL KNOW GOD; WE SHARE HIS LIFE, HIS WILL AND ALL HIS ATTRIBUTES
When teaching is no longer necessary you will merely know God. (T-4.II.4:9)
You who share His Life must share it to know it, for sharing is knowing. Blessed are you who learn that to hear the Will of your Father is to know your own. (T-11.I.11:5-6)
The Son of God has both Father and Son, because he is both Father and Son. To unite having and being is to unite your will with His, for He wills you Himself. And you will yourself to Him because, in your perfect understanding of Him, you know there is but one Will. (T-11.II.1:3-5)
In time, with practice, you will never cease to think of Him [God], and hear His loving Voice [the Holy Spirit] guiding your footsteps into quiet ways, where you will walk in true defenselessness. For you will know that Heaven goes with you. (W-pI.153.18:1-2)
If you were one with God and recognized this oneness, you would know His power is yours. (T-22.VI.12:1)
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 vanish, and all separate thoughts unite in glory as the Son of God. (W-pII.326.1:all)
WHAT GOD KNOWS ABOUT US WHILE WE SLEEP (i.e., NOT AWAKE HERE)
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 Son's 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. (T-4.VII.6:4-7)
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. (T-7.VII.10:4-8)
You did not believe in your own perfection. Would 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. Giving His joy is an ongoing process, not in time but in eternity. God's extending outward, though not His completeness, is blocked when the Sonship does not communicate with Him as one. So He thought, "My children sleep and must be awakened." (T-6.V.1:3-8)
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 desire 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. (T-10.I.4:all)
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. (W-pI.121.13:5-7)
God's memory is in our holy minds, which know their oneness and their unity with their Creator. (Commentary 11 on "What is Creation?" W-pII.11.4:5)
WE CAN KNOW WE ARE PERFECTLY SAFE IN GOD AND PERFECTLY KIND, SO WE BLESS EVERYONE--AS DOES OUR FATHER
The perfectly safe are wholly benign. They bless because they know that they are blessed. (T-6.III.3:4-5)
The children of Heaven live in the light of the blessing of their Father, because they know that they are sinless. (T-14.IV.9:1)
Knowledge: Knowledge is only of God; there is no other
Knowledge. What the ego calls "knowledge" is all relative, false and
constantly changing and adjusting. This Fact has to be understood if we are to
undo and let go all the polarized nonsensical beliefs and ideas of
this world of ego and form; Nothing the world believes is true. (Refer to
God's Knowledge is Perfect, True, eternal, unalterable, and unambiguous. A major aspect of Real Knowledge is Knowing each Son of God as a Son of God, in the sense that, even in this world, we say we "know" the members of our family. God, then, Knows each of His eternal Creations in this way, and once we have totally forgiven everybody we, too, can Know each of our Brothers as a Christ, eternally. We will Know all Creation in this way and Know it is all One in the Mind of God, and we will Know them through direct experience.
God's Knowledge is beyond our comprehension here, but from the Course we can glean (at the level of symbols) bits of His Abstract Universal Knowledge through such words as: Love, Joy, Happiness, Oneness, Being, Creation, Mind (-as-such), Spirit, Christ, Freedom, Innocence, Fatherhood, Will, Peace, Presence, Stillness, Revelation, Truth, Perfection, Reality, Limitless, Extension, At-one-ment and Life-in-Him. (Note: Each of these terms can be looked up in this Glossary.)
The quotations below are grouped into thematic categories, while each of the individual quotations (or sub-groups) have introductory summaries in bold type. These headings and summaries should help you understand the content and meaning of any given quotation.
KNOWLEDGE IS THE ETERNAL, UNALTERABLE, UNAMBIGUOUS TRUTH OF GOD
Knowledge is eternal, unalterable Truth: This is how A Course in Miracles begins. It makes a fundamental distinction between the real and the unreal; between knowledge and perception. Knowledge is truth, under one law, the law of love or God. Truth is unalterable, eternal and unambiguous. It can be unrecognized, but it cannot be changed. It applies to everything that God created, and only what He created is real. (T-PRE.2:1-6)
EGO, WHICH RELIES ONLY ON PERCEPTION, CANNOT HAVE OR GET KNOWLEDGE
Because the ego perceives lovelessly, it is incapable of Knowledge: The abilities you now possess are only shadows of your real strength. All of your present functions are divided and open to question and doubt. This is because you are not certain how you will use them, and are therefore incapable of knowledge. You are also incapable of knowledge because you can still perceive lovelessly. Perception did not exist until the separation introduced degrees, aspects and intervals. Spirit has no levels, and all conflict arises from the concept of levels. (T-3.IV.1:1-6)
Our belief in the autonomy of the ego costs us our Knowledge of God: The belief in ego autonomy is costing you the knowledge of your dependence on God, in which your freedom lies. (T-11.V.6:7)
Knowledge can not attack, but the ego attacks Knowledge: It [Knowledge] can be perceived as an attacker, but it cannot attack. What you [as ego] perceive as its attack is your own vague recognition that knowledge can always be remembered, never having been destroyed. (T-3.IV.6:9-10)
Spirit in its Knowledge is unaware of ego: The ego's ceaseless attempts to gain the spirit's acknowledgment and thus establish its own existence are useless. Spirit in its knowledge is unaware of the ego. It does not attack it; it merely cannot conceive of it at all. (T-4.II.8:5-7)
Knowledge is stable, but egos are not: Knowledge is always stable, and it is quite evident that you [in your present ego-state] are not. Nevertheless, you are perfectly stable as God created you. In this sense, when your behavior is unstable, you are [as egos] disagreeing with God's Idea of your creation. (T-3.V.3:3-5)
The ego's ingenuity is divorced from Knowledge: Ingenuity is totally divorced from knowledge, because knowledge does not require ingenuity. Ingenious thinking is not the truth that shall set you free, but you are free of the need to engage in it when you are willing to let it go. (T-3.V.5:6-7)
All judgment by egos is suspended by Knowledge: In the presence of knowledge all judgment is automatically suspended, and this is the process that enables recognition to replace perception. (T-3.VI.3:6)
We threw away Knowledge to separate from Reality and make our egos: Your own state of mind is a good example of how the ego was made. When you threw knowledge away it is as if you never had it. This is so apparent that one need only recognize it to see that it does happen. If this occurs in the present, why is it surprising that it occurred in the past? (T-4.II.3:1-4)
We need to throw away all fear and ego-ideas to regain the Knowledge of God: It has never really entered your mind to give up every idea you ever had that opposes knowledge. You retain thousands of little scraps of fear that prevent the Holy One from entering. (T-4.III.7:1-2)
All our fantasies deprive us of Knowledge: Every fantasy, be it of love or hate, deprives you of knowledge for fantasies are the veil behind which truth is hidden. (T-16.IV.10:3)
Truth and illusions are irreconcilable: Knowledge cannot dawn on a mind full of illusions, because truth and illusions are irreconcilable. (T-10.IV.2:5)
KNOWLEDGE IS REAL; PERCEPTION IS POLARIZED AND TEMPORARY
Knowledge and perception are two distinct thought systems: From knowledge and perception respectively, two distinct thought systems arise which are opposite in every respect. In the realm of knowledge no thoughts exist apart from God, because God and His Creation share one Will. The world of perception, however, is made by the belief in opposites and separate wills, in perpetual conflict with each other and with God. (T-PRE.4:1-3)
Knowledge is Power; perception is temporary: Knowledge is power because it is certain, and certainty is strength. Perception is temporary. (T-3.III.1:5-6)
Knowledge never makes comparisons (which are often polarized by ego): Knowledge never involves comparisons. That is its main difference from everything else the mind can grasp. (T-4.II.11:12-13)
In this world True perceptions are only the basis for Knowledge: Misperceptions produce fear and true perceptions foster love, but neither brings certainty because all perception varies. That is why it is not knowledge. True perception is the basis for knowledge, but [Real] knowing is the affirmation of truth and beyond all perceptions. (T-3.III.1:8-10)
Knowledge is timeless and certain, but perception is neither: Since perceptions change, their dependence on time is obvious. How you perceive at any given time determines what you do, and actions must occur in time. Knowledge is timeless, because certainty is not questionable. You [Truly] know when you have ceased to ask questions. (T-3.III.2:8-11)
Right perception precedes God's direct Communication and Knowledge: Right perception is necessary before God can communicate directly to His altars, which He established in His Sons. There He can communicate His certainty, and His knowledge will bring peace without question. God is not a stranger to His Sons, and His Sons are not strangers to each other. Knowledge preceded both perception and time, and will ultimately replace them. (T-3.III.6:1-4)
Knowledge transcends the laws governing perception: Only perception involves partial awareness. Knowledge transcends the laws governing perception, because partial knowledge is impossible. It [Knowledge] is all one and has no separate parts. You who are really one with it need but [Truly] know yourself [as Self] and your knowledge is complete. To know God's miracle [your God-Created Self] is to know Him. (T-3.V.8:5-9)
The dualities [see: dual] between ego and Knowledge are irreconcilable: Life and death, light and darkness, knowledge and perception, are irreconcilable. To believe that they can be reconciled is to believe that God and His Son can not. Only the oneness of knowledge is free of conflict. Your kingdom is not of this world because it was given you from beyond this world. (T-3.VII.6:6-9)
Do we want a temporary ego/body existence or an unshakeable Being-in-God?: Against this sense of [the ego/body's] temporary existence spirit offers you the knowledge of permanence and unshakable 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? (T-4.III.3:6-8)
The undoing of the opposites to goodness restores Knowledge: The perception of goodness is not knowledge, but the denial [undoing the not-real] of the opposite of goodness [fear, attack, sickness, etc.,] enables you to recognize a condition in which opposites do not exist. And this is the condition of knowledge. (T-11.VII.4:1-2)
Through the Stillness of Spirit we can Know God: You can speak from the spirit or from the ego, as you choose. If you speak from spirit you have chosen to "Be still and know that I am God." These words are inspired [from and by Spirit] because they reflect knowledge. If you speak from the ego you are disclaiming knowledge instead of affirming it, and are thus dis-spiriting yourself. (T-4.IN.2:1-4)
All vertical dualities, as opposites, must be brought together in order to be reconciled (the unreal disappears) and transcended in union: What do you want? Light or darkness, knowledge or ignorance are yours, but not both. Opposites must be brought together, not kept apart. For their separation is only in your mind, and they are reconciled by union, as you are. In union, everything that is not real must disappear, for truth is union. (T-14.VII.1:1-5)
As darkness disappears in light, so ignorance fades away when knowledge dawns. (T-14.VII.1:6)
In you the knowledge lies, ready to be unveiled and freed from all the terror that kept it hidden. There is no fear in love. (T-20.II.8:8-9)
TRUE PERCEPTIONS, BEING SYMBOLIC, ARE NOT KNOWLEDGE
Only True perception (with the help of the Holy Spirit) is the Answer to false perception: Knowledge is not the remedy for false perception since, being another level, they can never meet. The one correction possible for false perception must be true perception. It will not endure. (C-4.3:1-3)
True Vision (Spiritual Sight) is True perception, not Knowledge: True vision is the natural [True] perception of spiritual sight, but it is still a correction rather than a fact. Spiritual sight is symbolic, and therefore not a device for knowing. It is, however, a means of right perception, which brings it into the proper domain of the miracle. A "vision of God" would be a miracle rather than a revelation. The fact that perception is involved at all removes the experience from the realm of knowledge. That is why visions, however holy, do not last. (T-3.III.4:all)
Right-mindedness is right perception, not Knowledge: Right-mindedness is not to be confused with the knowing mind, because it is applicable only to right perception. You can be right-minded or wrong-minded, and even this is subject to degrees, clearly demonstrating that knowledge is not involved. (T-3.IV.4:1-2)
The Knowledge of God can flow across the tiny gap between Truth and Right perception: I [Jesus] have spoken before of the higher or "true" perception, which is so near 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. (T-5.I.4:9-11)
The Holy Spirit mediates between ego-interpretations and Knowledge: The Holy Spirit is the Mediator between the interpretations of the ego and the knowledge of the spirit. His ability to deal with symbols enables Him to work with the ego's beliefs in its own language. His ability to look beyond symbols into eternity enables Him to understand the laws of God, for which He speaks. (T-5.III.7:1-3)
Why would you struggle so frantically to anticipate all you cannot know, when all knowledge lies behind every decision the Holy Spirit makes for you? Learn of His wisdom and His Love, and teach His answer to everyone who struggles in the dark. (T-14.III.16:3-4)
KNOWLEDGE AND THE ATONEMENT (HEALING)
Knowledge is restored once the At-one-ment is complete: A miracle is a correction introduced into false thinking by me. It acts as a catalyst, breaking up erroneous perception and reorganizing it properly. This places you under the Atonement principle, where perception is healed. Until this has occurred, knowledge of the Divine Order is impossible. The Holy Spirit is the mechanism of miracles. (T-1.I.37:all) & (T-1.I.38:1)
Knowledge illuminates and sets you Free: This release [from the dream] does not depend on illusions. The knowledge that illuminates not only sets you free, but also shows you clearly that you are free. (T-2.I.4:8-9)
True Perception can be transferred to Knowledge (in us) by the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the Mind of the Atonement. He represents a state of mind close enough to One-mindedness that transfer to it is at last possible. Perception is not knowledge, but it can be transferred to knowledge, or cross over into it. (T-5.I.6:3-5)
To have Peace teach Peace, and thus regain Knowledge: The only way to have peace is to teach peace. By teaching peace you must learn it yourself, because you cannot teach what you still dissociate. Only thus can you win back the knowledge that you threw away. An idea that you share you must have. (T-6.III.4:3-6)
By seeing our brothers as our Selves we will be released to knowledge: When you have seen your brothers as yourself you will be released to knowledge, having learned to free yourself through Him Who knows of freedom. (T-13.VIII.8:1)
Learning of the Universality of the Laws of God aids in healing: 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 meaningless to you. (T-7.IV.6:9-10)
Peace, not Knowledge, is the motivation for learning this Course: Knowledge is not the motivation for learning this Course. Peace is. This is the prerequisite for knowledge only because those who are in conflict are not peaceful, and peace is the condition of knowledge because it is the condition of the Kingdom. Knowledge can be restored only when you meet its conditions. (T-8.I.1:1-4)
This Course will lead to knowledge, but knowledge itself is still beyond the scope of our curriculum. (T-18.IX.11:1)
If we oppose God's Will for us we cannot regain Knowledge: Knowledge is His Will. If you are opposing His Will, how can you have knowledge? (T-8.I.1:7-8)
To remember God is to remember our Selves: Let nothing in this world delay your remembering of Him [God], for in this remembering is the knowledge of yourself [as Self]. To remember is merely to restore to your mind what is already there. (T-10.II.2:6) & (T-10.II.3:1)
If we accept Truth in this world, God will exchange His Knowledge for perception: 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 is already there, but was 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 the asking. (T-10.II.3:all)
We can invite Knowledge back into our Minds: You who have God must be as God, for His function became yours with His gift. Invite this knowledge back into your mind, and let nothing that obscures it enter. The Guest Whom God sent you will teach you how to do this, if you but recognize the little spark and are willing to let it grow. (T-11.II.6:3-5)
Knowledge is Power, and all power is of God; we have it but we lost it: Yet the essential thing is learning that you do not know. Knowledge is power, and all power is of God. You who have tried to keep power for yourself have "lost" it. You still have the power, but you have interposed so much between it and your awareness of it that you cannot use it. (T-14.XI.1:1-4)
God gives Himself to us as Knowledge; forgiveness of others will restore our Knowledge: When you have let all that obscured the truth in your most holy mind be undone for you, and therefore stand in grace before your Father, He will give Himself to you as He has always done. Giving Himself is all He knows, and so it is all knowledge. For what He knows not cannot be, and therefore cannot be given. Ask not to be forgiven, for this has already been accomplished. Ask, rather, to learn how to forgive, and to restore what always was to your unforgiving mind. (T-14.IV.3:1-5)
Totally forgive, and the world will disappear, then Vision will come, to be followed by Knowledge: God loves His Son. Request Him now to give the means by which this world will disappear, and vision first will come, with knowledge but an instant later. (W-pI.168.4:1-2)
Forgiveness is complete. And now God's knowledge, changeless, certain, pure and wholly understandable, enters its kingdom. Gone is perception, false and true alike. (C-4.6:10) & (C-4.7:1-2)
JESUS TELLS US HOW HE REMEMBERED KNOWLEDGE, AND HOW TO KNOW HIM AND EVERYONE AS THE CHRIST
Jesus remembered Knowledge by correcting error from the bottom up: I was a man who remembered spirit and its knowledge. As a man I did not attempt to counteract error with knowledge, but to correct error from the bottom up. I demonstrated both the powerlessness of the body and the power of the mind. By uniting my will with that of my Creator, I naturally remembered spirit and its real purpose. (T-3.IV.7:3-6)
I have also made it clear that the resurrection [not the crucifixion] was the means for the return to knowledge, which was accomplished by the union of my will with the Father's. (T-3.V.1:3)
We can Know Jesus, and the Christ-Self in our Minds: Your ego is trying to convince you that it is real and I [Jesus] 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 has come into your mind and healed it. (T-4.IV.10:8-9)
Jesus tells us the final step to Knowledge is taken by God: I have said that the last step in the reawakening of knowledge is taken by God. (T-7.I.6:3)
Reawakening to our Knowledge; this is one of the best known quotations in the Course: I [Jesus] 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 [Real] life and your [True] 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. (T-8.VI.9:all)
The Christ in us will fuse our Loving Holy perceptions into Loving Knowledge through Love: Every child of God is one in Christ, for his being is in Christ as Christ's is in God. Christ's Love for you is His Love for His Father, which He knows because He knows His Father's Love for Him. When the Holy Spirit has at last led you to Christ at the altar to His Father, perception fuses into knowledge because perception has become so holy that its transfer to holiness is merely its natural extension. Love transfers to love without any interference, for the two are one. (T-12.VI.6:1-4)
Our Love of the Christ in Everyone brings Knowledge of our Oneness: The face of Christ is looked upon before the Father is remembered. For He must be unremembered till His Son has reached beyond forgiveness to the Love of God. Yet is the Love of Christ accepted first. And then will come the knowledge They are one. (T-30.V.7:5-8)
The Christ-Self in us has Perfect Knowledge from God: God is but Love, and therefore so am I. This [Christ-] Self alone knows love. This Self alone is perfectly consistent in Its thoughts; knows Its Creator, understands Itself, is perfect in Its knowledge and Its love, and never changes from Its constant state of union with Its Father and Itself. (W-pI.rV.IN.4:3-5)
THE ETERNAL CHARACTERISTICS OF KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge is abstract, and it is impersonal in that everyone has all of it equally: Abstract thought applies to knowledge because knowledge is completely impersonal, and examples are irrelevant to its understanding. (T-4.II.1:4)
God gave Knowledge freely to all His Creations: The "forbidden tree" was named [by egos] the "tree of knowledge." Yet God created knowledge and gave it freely to His creations. (T-3.VII.3:7-8)
The Light of the Holy Spirit leads us (who are Light) to Knowledge: Understanding is light, and light leads to knowledge. The Holy Spirit is in light because He is in you who are light, but you yourself do not know this. It is therefore the task of the Holy Spirit to reinterpret you [to yourself] on behalf of God. (T-5.III.7:5-7)
Being Knows itself through its Creative Self-Extension (see: fatherhood): Being must be extended. That is how it retains the knowledge of itself. Spirit yearns to share its being as its Creator did. Created by sharing, its will is to create. (T-7.IX.2:6-9)
Our Knowledge of our Sonship is shared with God: 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. (T-9.VI.4:7-8)
We are an aspect of God's Knowledge in the Mind of God; He Knows us: You are an aspect of knowledge, being in the Mind of God, Who knows you. All knowledge must be yours, for in you is all knowledge. (T-13.VIII.2:3-4)
Knowledge is of the Mind, and in the Mind, and we are an Idea of God: But remember that understanding is of the mind, and only of the mind. Knowledge is therefore of the mind, and its conditions are in the mind with it. If you were not an idea, and nothing but an idea, you could not be in full communication with all that ever was. (T-15.VI.7:5-7)
Heaven is the Knowledge of Perfect Oneness in our Minds: Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this oneness, and nothing else within. What could God give but knowledge of Himself? (T-18.VI.1:5-6) & (T-18.VI.2:1)
We are Minds in God's Mind and pure Minds created out of Love; Know this now: What has been given you? The knowledge that you are a mind, in Mind and purely mind, sinless forever, wholly unafraid, because you were created out of Love. Nor have you left your Source, remaining as you were created. This was given you as knowledge which you cannot lose. It was given as well to every living thing, for by that knowledge only does it live. You have received all this. No one who walks the world but has received it. It is not this knowledge which you give, for that is what creation gave. (W-pI.158.1:all) & (W-pI.158.2:1-3)
Knowledge is Knowing there is only The One Mind of God in Whom All Live as One, therefore, "GOD IS": Oneness is simply the idea God is. And in His Being, He encompasses all things. No mind holds anything but Him. We say "God is," and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless. (W-pI.169.5:1-4)
lack(s): Our world of illusion is a world of separation founded on
fear and ego-conflict. It is a world of scarcity where we seek in others, and
from others, what we think is lacking in ourselves. This scarcity principle is
based on lack, fear and darkness.
We invented scarcity as a substitute for God's abundant Love and Light when we mentally deserted Him. This fear-based scarcity causes all our earthly needs, wants, desires and insufficiencies.
Our central lack in this world is that we think we lack the Love of God and His Sonship (Creation). This lack of Real Love gives rise to a basic fearful insecurity, a loneliness and emptiness which we try to fill with special love relationships. We have such relationships with our families, friends and admirers in order to take many kinds of ego-love from them. If this spurious ego-substitute for Real Love is not forthcoming from them (that is, we are rejected) then we attack them to try to force it from them, or we punish them for not fulfilling our needs and lacks. If a third party threatens any of our special love relationships then we hate them for stealing the little love that we claim is rightfully and exclusively ours.
We also make all kinds of other idols to help us fill our inner loneliness, idols such as money, entertainment, sports, possessions, bodies and personal adornment. Of course, idols are not evil or sinful; they are merely nothing.
We rarely recognize that we can find within our-Selves an Infinite Source of Love which will only increase in us as we give it away freely to everyone, everywhere. We have no need to manipulate and cajole others into giving us pseudo-love, once we realize God does channel His Limitless Love through us and to us right now. Our task, then is merely to stop all our fear-ridden ego-blocking of the inner flow of His Abundant Love, Light, Peace and Joy. Then we can Love all God's Sons equally to the maximum, and Know we are Complete. (See: scarcity, gap, lonely, empty, needs)
LACK OF LOVE
Sin is defined as "lack of love" (Text, page 11). Since love is all there is, sin in the sight of the Holy Spirit is a mistake to be corrected, rather than an evil to be punished. Our sense of inadequacy, weakness and incompletion comes from the strong investment in the "scarcity principle" that governs the whole world of illusions. From that point of view, we seek in others what we feel is wanting in ourselves. We "love" another in order to get something ourselves. (T-PRE.7:1-5)
Darkness is lack of light as sin is lack of love. It has no unique properties of its own. It is an example of the "scarcity" belief, from which only error can proceed. Truth is always abundant. (T-1.IV.3:1-4)
Whenever you are not wholly joyous, it is because you have reacted with a lack of love to one of God's creations. Perceiving this as "sin" you become defensive because you expect attack. The decision to react in this way is yours, and can therefore be undone. (T-5.VII.5:1-3)
In your world you do need things. It is a world of scarcity in which you find yourself because you are lacking. Yet can you find yourself [as Self] in such a world? Without the Holy Spirit the answer would be no. (T-13.VII.10:4-7)
CREATIONS (SONS) OF GOD HAVE NO LACKS, BUT EGOS ARE NEEDY
While lack does not exist in the creation of God, it is very apparent in what you have made. It is, in fact, the essential difference between them. Lack implies that you would be better off in a state somehow different from the one you are in. Until the "separation," which is the meaning of the "fall," nothing was lacking. There were no needs at all. Needs arise only when you deprive yourself. You act according to the particular order of needs you establish. This, in turn, depends on your perception of what you are. (T-1.VI.1:3-10)
A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct. This sense of separation would never have arisen if you had not distorted your perception of truth, and had thus perceived yourself as lacking. The idea of order of needs arose because, having made this fundamental error, you had already fragmented yourself into levels with different needs. As you integrate you become one, and your needs become one accordingly. Unified needs lead to unified action, because this produces a lack of conflict. (T-1.VI.2:all)
SPECIFIC LACKS (RELATED TO OUR EGO BELIEFS)
Making things out of lack: When you make something, you do so out of a specific sense of lack or need. Anything made for a specific purpose has no true generalizability. When you make something to fill a perceived lack, you are tacitly implying that you believe in separation. The ego has invented many ingenious thought systems for this purpose. None of them is creative. (T-3.V.2:2-6)
Lacking confidence in others: When you lack confidence in what someone will do, you are attesting to your belief that he is not in his right mind. This is hardly a miracle-based frame of reference. It also has the disastrous effect of denying the power of the miracle. (T-3.II.3:1-3)
Specialness sees lack in others: Comparison must be an ego device, for [Real] love makes none. Specialness always makes [judgmental] comparisons. It is established by a lack seen in another, and maintained by searching for, and keeping clear in sight, all lacks it can perceive. This does it seek, and this it looks upon. (T-24.II.1:1-4)
"Special" qualities others lack: 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 the 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 lack. (T-7.V.4:4-5)
Lacking discrimination: A major source of the ego's off-balanced state is its lack of discrimination between the body and the Thoughts of God. Thoughts of God are unacceptable to the ego, because they clearly point to the nonexistence of the ego itself. (T-4.V.2:1-2)
Lacking Wisdom: The Holy Spirit never itemizes errors because He does not frighten children, and those who lack [spiritual] wisdom are children. Yet He always answers their call, and His dependability makes them more certain. (T-6.V.4:1-2)
Lack of Knowledge: I have said 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 this produces a total lack of knowledge simply because [Real] knowledge is total. Not to question your littleness therefore is to deny all [Real] knowledge, and keep the ego's whole thought system intact. (T-9.VII.7:1-3)
Lack of Real Understanding: For fear lies not in reality, but in the minds of children who do not understand reality. It is only their lack of understanding that frightens them, and when they learn to perceive truly they are not afraid. (T-11.VIII.14:4-5)
Poverty is lack: The poor are merely those who have invested wrongly, and they are poor indeed! Because they are in need it is given you to help them, since you are among them. Consider how perfectly your lesson would be learned if you were unwilling to share their poverty. For poverty is lack, and there is but one lack since there is but one need. (T-12.III.1:3-6)
This invites Atonement automatically, because Atonement is the one need in this world that is universal. (T-6.II.5:5)
Lack of Real Content in ego's chaotic thought systems: This is characteristic of the ego's judgments. Separately, they seem to hold, but put them together and the system of thought that arises from joining them is incoherent and utterly chaotic. For form is not enough for meaning, and the underlying lack of content makes a cohesive system impossible. Separation therefore remains the ego's chosen condition. For no one alone can judge the ego truly. Yet when two or more join together in searching for truth, the ego can no longer defend its lack of content. The fact of union tells them it is not true. (T-14.X.9:all)
Lack of Faith in the Power of the Holy Spirit: Very simply, your lack of faith in the power that heals all pain arises from your wish to retain some aspects of reality for fantasy. If you but realized what this must do to your appreciation of the whole! What you reserve for yourself, you take away from Him Who would release you. Unless you give it back, it is inevitable that your perspective on reality be warped and uncorrected. (T-17.I.3:3-6) [See also "Ask for faith..." quotation in HEALING ANSWERS below.]
Lack of Real Reason: In the light of the real reason that He [the Holy Spirit] brings, as you follow Him, He will show you that there is no reason here at all. Each spot His reason touches grows alive with beauty, and what seemed ugly in the darkness of your lack of reason is suddenly released to loveliness. (T-17.II.5:3-4)
Lack of thanks and gratitude: Perhaps you are now entering upon a campaign to blame him [your brother] for the discomfort of the situation in which you find yourself. And by this lack of thanks and gratitude you make yourself unable to express the holy instant, and thus lose sight of it. (T-17.V.11:9-10)
Lack of Spiritual Vision: The body cannot be looked upon except through judgment. To see the body is the sign that you lack vision, and have denied the means the Holy Spirit offers you to serve His purpose. How can a holy relationship achieve its purpose through the means of sin? Judgment you taught yourself; vision is learned from Him Who would undo your teaching. (T-20.VII.8:1-4)
Lack of Spiritual Meaning: And where, you wonder, does your strange uneasiness, your sense of being disconnected, and your haunting fear of lack of meaning in yourself arise? It is as though you wandered in without a plan of any kind except to wander off, for only that seems certain. (T-22.I.1:6-7)
Lack of Spiritual Joining: The world you see is based on "sacrifice" of oneness. It is a picture of complete disunity and total lack of joining. (T-26.I.2:1-2)
Lack is death: Whenever you attempt to reach a goal in which the body's betterment is cast as major beneficiary, you try to bring about your death. For you believe that you can suffer lack, and lack is death. (T-29.VII.4:1-2)
Lack of true forgiveness: 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 that protect your unforgiving thoughts from being seen and recognized. (W-pI.rIV.IN.3:1-2)
MIRACLES SUPPLY A LACK
Miracles are healing because they supply a lack; they are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less. (T-1.I.8:1)
Miracles restore the mind to its fullness. By atoning for lack they establish perfect protection. The spirit's strength leaves no room for intrusions. (T-1.I.34:all)
A major contribution of miracles is their strength in releasing you from your false sense of isolation, deprivation and lack. (T-1.I.42:1)
To heal is to make whole. And what is whole can have no missing parts that have been kept outside. Forgiveness rests on recognizing this, and [on] being glad there cannot be some forms of sickness which the miracle must lack the power to heal. (T-30.VI.8:3-5)
HEALING ANSWERS TO LACK
Peace: Peace is an attribute in you. You cannot find it outside. Illness is some form of external searching. Health is inner peace. It enables you to remain unshaken by lack of love from without and capable, through your acceptance of miracles, of correcting the conditions proceeding from lack of love in others. (T-2.I.5:8-12)
Perfect Love: Then the whole process of correction becomes nothing more than a series of pragmatic steps in the larger process of accepting the Atonement as the remedy. These steps may be summarized in this way: Know first that this is fear. Fear arises from lack of love. The only remedy for lack of love is perfect love. Perfect love is the Atonement. (T-2.VI.7:3-8)
Think through the Holy Spirit: The joint will of the Sonship is the only creator that can create like the Father, 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. (T-5.IV.7:4-5)
Regard "sin" as a lack of Real inner Love: The ego does not perceive sin as a lack of [Real] love, but as a positive act of assault. This is necessary to the ego's survival because, as soon as you regard sin as a lack, you will automatically attempt to remedy the situation. And you will succeed. The ego regards this as doom, but you must learn to regard it as freedom. (T-5.V.4:10-13)
Bless your brother as your Self: 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 are therefore not aware of it in yourself. Every response you make is determined by what you think you are, and what you want to be is what you think you are. (T-7.VII.2:1-7)
Those who attack do not know they are blessed. They attack because they believe they are deprived. Give, therefore, of your abundance, and teach your brothers theirs. Do not share their illusions of scarcity, or you will perceive yourself as lacking. (T-7.VII.7:5-8)
Teach the Kingdom to everyone: I call upon you 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. (T-7.XI.4:1-3)
Give up our dissociation of Reality: When what you have dissociated is accepted, it ceases to be fearful. Yet 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. (T-10.II.1:6) & (T-10.II.2:1-2)
Understand the body has no spiritual value: The special relationship is a device for limiting your self to a body, and for limiting your perception of others to theirs. The Great Rays would establish the total lack of value of the special relationship, if they were seen. For in seeing them the body would disappear, because its value would be lost. (T-16.VI.4:4-6)
In Holy Relationships we see no lack: A holy relationship starts from a different premise. Each one has looked within and seen no lack. Accepting his completion, he would extend it by joining with another, whole as himself. He sees no difference between these selves, for differences are only of the body. (T-22.IN.3:1-4)
Ask for faith to be restored, and give only Love: If you lack faith, ask that it be restored where it was lost, and seek not to have it made up to you elsewhere, as if you had been unjustly deprived of it. Only what [Real Love] you have not given can be lacking in any situation. But remember this; the goal of holiness was set for your relationship, and not by you. (T-17.VII.3:11) & (T-17.VII.4:1-2)
Love lacks all limitation: Love knows no bodies, and reaches to everything [God and all the Sonship] created like itself. Its total lack of limit is its meaning. It is completely impartial in its giving, encompassing only to preserve and keep complete what it would give. In your tiny kingdom [of ego and bodies] you have so little! Should it not, then, be there that you would call on [Real] love to enter? (T-18.VIII.8:1-5)
Love everyone without fear or attack: But if you are afraid of healing, then it cannot come through you. The only thing that is required for a healing is a lack of fear. The fearful are not healed, and cannot heal. This does not mean the conflict must be gone forever from your mind to heal. For if it were, there were no need for healing then. But it does mean, if only for an instant, you love without attack. An instant is sufficient. (T-27.V.2:7-13)
Training the mind to see God's Light: Today we are going to attempt to reach that light. For this purpose, we will use a form of exercise which has been suggested before, and which we will utilize increasingly. It is a particularly difficult form for the undisciplined mind, and represents a major goal of mind training. It requires precisely what the untrained mind lacks. Yet this training must be accomplished if you are to see. (W-pI.44.3:all)
It is difficult at this point not to allow your mind to wander, if it undertakes extended practice. You have surely realized this by now. You have seen the extent of your lack of mental discipline, and of your need for mind training. It is necessary that you be aware of this, for it is indeed a hindrance to your advance. (W-pI.95.4:2-5)
Open-mindedness without judgment: Open-mindedness comes with lack of judgment. As judgment shuts the mind against God's Teacher, so open-mindedness invites Him to come in. (M-4.X.1:2-3)
Have no interest in the past or future: Atonement might be equated with total escape from the past and total lack of interest in the future. Heaven is here. There is nowhere else. Heaven is now. There is no other time. (M-24.6:3-7)
ladder: The Course uses the metaphor of a ladder to describe both our
descent from Heaven into this world of darkness and dreams as well as our
gradual ascension back to Heaven through the At-one-ment process.
Thus the rungs of the ladder are a metaphor for the levels we pass through on our descent and these are the same levels we must "climb," with the help of the Holy Spirit's miracles, during the process of returning Home to God's Mind-as-such--Which is Heaven.
Prayer, too, has the same levels (rungs) of the metaphorical ladder. While we are still in a state of ego and body-preoccupations our prayers will be dominated by ego-envy, malice and fear. In a state of right-mindedness our prayers are more concerned with active forgiveness of ourselves and our brothers. At the top of the ladder, as we stand before the gates of Heaven, we Love all our brothers whom we have brought with us up the ladder to reunite with God. (See: levels, dual)
lamb: Jesus uses the lamb as a metaphor for his own Innocence,
as well as for ours as Sons of God. He also refers to the lion as a symbol of
Strength and uses the saying of "the lamb and the lion lying down
together" as a confirmation that Strength and Innocence do not
conflict but rather, naturally live together in our inner Peace.
"Naturally" as used in the Course always refers to God's Creations
because everything of form in this world of ego is not only unnatural but
Purity of heart and mind is another way of defining this fusion of Innocence and Strength. A pure mind does not associate destruction with innocence (as in, say, sacrifice, or the crucifixion) because Innocence is Strength, not weakness. Nor does Innocence project because it has Everything and needs nothing.
Jesus goes on to say that "the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world" refers to any Son of God who understands the meaning of the At-one-ment unambiguously because he is in a state of Light and Innocence or Grace. In this context Innocence and Grace are equated. Jesus himself is in this category as a Realized Being. (See: innocence, strength)
lament: The dictionary defines lament as: to express or feel deep
sorrow for some loss; to grieve the loss of someone who has died; or to mourn a
death, disaster or calamity.
In our state of separation, even though we still have the Grandeur of God within us, we have voluntarily chosen an existence of ego-littleness in a dream world of vulnerable bodies, misery, disaster and death--all of which we accept as natural and normal. Yet, we lament our littleness, our powerlessness, and, within the confines of our egos and physicality, we feel such deep sorrow that we weep over the dark nightmares we have made.
But this world, which we have dedicated to death, sin and condemnation, is only an effect of our insane, chaotic thought systems. Thus, there is no point in lamenting the world or in trying to change it "externally." The only effective changes that we can bring about, must be made by changing our ego-thought systems about who we are, until we realize we are all Sons of God. By changing the cause in our minds we change the external world as an effect. All laments become meaningless as we choose salvation, seek the Truth, and embrace the At-one-ment process with the help of the Holy Spirit.
lamp: In the Course the lamp is a symbol of both the
At-one-ment and the Light in every Son of God. Each Son of God has a spark of
the Light of God inside him which lights the inner lamp of At-one-ment so we can
find the Truth of who we really are. The Light, the lamps and the sparks are
everywhere and eternal.
In the second quotation Jesus strikes a personal note where he tells us he is happy to give us the lamp of the At-one-ment with which we can explore the ego's dark foundation without fear, and he also affirms he will take the journey with us and lead us to God, Love and Joy. This exploration (with him beside us) in the present "now" moment will release us from guilt and thus undo the ego permanently. (See: spark, light)
language: There are two languages--the language of the ego and the
language of the Holy Spirit which is also the spiritual language of the Course. The Holy Spirit
(the Mediator between the ego's interpretations and the Knowledge of Spirit) can
reinterpret the ego's worldly symbols and words for us and then look beyond them
in the light of True Understanding, a light that leads to God's Knowledge.
To the Holy Spirit only the True meaning of the words in languages matters, and it does not matter whether the languages are those of ego and Spirit, or the numerous languages of this world such as French and English. All Spiritual Beings (without bodies) use True Mind-as-such Communication to exchange thoughts; they do not use verbal language. In other words, in Heaven, all language-as-such is meaningless and unnecessary. We can begin to move towards this type of non-physical Communication when we are spiritually "reborn," at which time the Christ child in us will begin to hear the Voice for God. Forgiveness and the holy instant are the means given us to accomplish this beginning which will bring us the understanding that God's Son is guiltless.
In the Teacher's Manual Jesus tells us he has brought us this Course in a language we can love and understand. In Jesus we find God's Answer. (See: symbols, meaning, communication)
Last Judgment: (See: Judgment (the Last))
last: Only those uses of "last" that are meaningfully
associated with a major theme of the Course are defined and quoted in this
The crucifixion is called the "last useless journey," but this event is broadened in its meaning by Jesus to include all journeys, pursuits and activities of the ego, all of which re-enact our separation from God, Spirit, the Sonship and our Selves. We are asked to give up these ego-activities voluntarily and embrace the resurrection in their place.
Perceptions will last only as long as we value them because all perceptions are illusions. What we see is a form of vengeance because we live in an ego-made world of fear, attack and counterattack. Of course these ego-experiences occur and recur in many forms, some of which are very subtle. Even the slightest "come-back" look or statement is a form of vengeance. We must choose a better, different path.
If we want a spiritual healing that lasts we have to choose to go along with all the teachings the Course has to offer--most of which are concerned with undoing and dismantling the ego entirely. In understanding and using the Course to wake us up our motivation is very important--as both learners and spiritual teachers.
Truly holy relationships, in which forgiveness has been fully accomplished and Love has replaced fear and attack, will prepare us for the realization that we need do nothing. With egos gone, we can leave all interventions to the Holy Spirit Who may work through us, but we never initiate any thought or activity on our own initiative without first obtaining His guidance (which can be in an instant).
The last step in the At-one-ment process of our reawakening is always taken by God Himself. This will be done swiftly once we have eradicated the ego, and returned to Innocence by forgiving all our brothers and ourselves for what never happened in Reality. (See: final step, nothing, innocence, forgive)
THE LAST USELESS JOURNEY
The journey to the cross should be the last "useless journey." Do not dwell upon it, but dismiss it as accomplished. If you can accept it as your own last useless journey, you are also free to join my resurrection. Until you do so your life is indeed wasted. It merely re-enacts the separation, the loss of power, the futile attempts of the ego at reparation, and finally the crucifixion of the body, or death. Such repetitions are endless until they are voluntarily given up. Do not make the pathetic error of "clinging to the old rugged cross." The only message of the crucifixion is that you can overcome the cross. Until then you are free to crucify yourself as often as you choose. (T-4.IN.3:1-9)
laugh, laughter: Real laughter, the laughter of
real Joy and Happiness is something that is missing from this dark world of
"sin," sickness and insanity. When we do laugh here, it is mostly at
worldly humor or at the expense of one another. Stop to analyze the humor on any
television program or film comedy and you will find little Joy in it. Almost all
our motives for laughing here are based on the ego's negative attributes and
All the humor of this world has to go, not because it is evil, sick, sinful, perverse or personal, but because it is nothing. The ego's meaningless humor can be replaced by God's Laughter which celebrates the Joy of Creation and the Happiness of Real Love. But on the way to accomplishing this Laughter we have to realize all the fearful monsters, dragons and ghosts of this world (e.g., terrorism, murder, war and the projected images of horror, death and pain in some films) must be removed from our ego-minds--which is the only place they exist.
An emphasis on understanding that everything in this world we have made is merely a laughable illusion is stressed in many parts of the Course, and some of these quotations (the ones that relate to laughter) are set out below. Even the brain, the eyes, and our entire bodies are laughable illusions we have made to support our separation from God.
Forgiveness is the key to a vertical level change from ego-illusions to Reality because it elevates our thinking to the Christ level, as in, "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do." (Refer to T-2.V.A.16:all) This is an appeal to the Holy Spirit to heal our minds of ego and illusions.
In addition to forgiveness the Course elaborates on several other methods of dismantling the ego and of raising all our minds to the Christ level of perceiving and thinking. We can know that each of us is essential to salvation, that sin is absurd, that idols are laughable, that we give only to ourselves because sacrifice is impossible, and that by repeating the name of God frequently we heal the world.
law, laws: (see entries below)
law of cause and effect: The Course informs us that the law of cause
and effect is the most fundamental law there is. In its highest form the law
states that God is our Cause and we are His Effects. This is True because we are
His Sons, but this Fact does not include our bodies, egos and the
unforgiving ideas in our minds, all of which are not real.
Yet even in this unreal world cause and effect operate. Our ego-thoughts, ego-ideas, ego-desires and ego-beliefs in this world cause us to attack, to be fearful, or to act out numerous other special relationship scenarios--all of which are effects. This is why the Course constantly tells us it is pointless to try to change our outward behaviors (i.e., effects) if we do not eradicate the inner thoughts and mind-sets which are their principal cause. The easiest way to eradicate these inner causes is through forgiveness combined with simultaneous ego-dismantling. (See: cause, effect, beliefs)
The most fundamental law: I [Jesus] have already indicated that you cannot ask me to release you from fear. I know it does not exist, but you do not. If I intervened between your thoughts and their results, I would be tampering with a basic law of cause and effect; the most fundamental law there is. I would hardly help you if I depreciated the power of your own thinking. (T-2.VII.1:2-5)
Peace and Understanding are cause and effect to each other: Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone. Each brings the other with it, for it is the law of God they be not separate. They are cause and effect, each to the other, so where one is absent the other cannot be. (T-14.XI.12:4-6)
What you desire is what you get: What you desire [this world of ego or the real world] you will see. Such is the real law of cause and effect as it operates in the world. (W-pI.20.5:5-6)
What has effects through you (such as attacking others) has effects on you (being attacked back by others): It is surely obvious that if you can be attacked you are not invulnerable. You see attack as a real threat. That is because you believe that you can really attack. And what would have effects through you must also have effects on you. It is this law that will ultimately save you, but you are misusing it now. You must therefore learn how it can be used for your own best interests, rather than against them. (W-pI.26.1:all)
laws of chaos: This unreal world we have made here operates on the laws of chaos, and this is particularly true of our ego's thought systems and their resulting perceptions. The laws of chaos are:
1. The truth is different for everyone. We can each have our own
version of the truth.
2. Each of us must sin, and sin always calls for judgment and punishment.
3. We can define God and thus make sin and fear eternal.
4. We possess what we have taken; another's loss is our gain.
5. Our brother has "hidden" our ego's ideas of "salvation" (e.g., a pseudo-love we mistake for Real Love) inside himself and so we must attack him to get it from him.
From these five laws of chaos arise all our ego-perceived conflicts,
differences, injustices, gains, losses, competitiveness, special relationships,
projections, idols and ego-satisfactions.
We have to understand that the laws of chaos are without meaning of any kind, even here. We have to realize the laws of chaos attack the Truth and, in fantasy, reverse the laws of God. We have to learn that the laws of chaos emphasize perceptual forms, such as special love and hate relationships, at the expense of spiritual Content such as Love, Peace and Joy. We have to comprehend that the laws of chaos which govern this world of illusions are themselves illusions, ones that we have invented to pursue illusory goals. Finally we must come to the true conclusion that the laws of chaos are not laws at all, but merely represent meaningless disorder in our lives, and that they derive from the ego's many chaotic thought systems. (See: chaos)
laws of choosing, decision and choice: We have God-given free will as
His Sons and this is true even in our very limited state of separation from Him
on the physical plane. In this world of ego we have multiplied the possible
choices we make (even on a daily basis) to hundreds or even thousands of
possibilities. We choose what we wear, what we eat and drink, what activities we
will pursue, where we will go, whom we will meet, and what entertainments we
will watch and hear. Less consciously perhaps, we choose our reactions to the
people we meet, whether strangers or friends, judging everyone by our
learned-in-the-past criteria of likes and dislikes, loves and hates.
However, the Course explains that all this ego-choosing activity and decision-making is a smokescreen, a distracting preoccupation by which we constantly avoid the only two alternatives there are. One is God and the Sonship which last forever; the other consists of everything that is temporary and valueless. This choice between What is Eternal and what will fade and die is supported by another supreme law which says we can not have a mixture of these two. No compromise is possible between the Things of God and the things of form (including egos and bodies which come and go) that will disappear sooner or later.
laws of Christ's vision: When we attain Christ's Vision we will see everyone on earth as Sons of God. We will see them in Light and without separation from one another. Through Christ's Vision we realize that neither egos nor bodies are real or of any value, and therefore they are not worth noticing. All this is the law of Christ's Vision and the ultimate goal of the At-one-ment process before God Himself takes the final step of waking us up in the Heaven of His Mind where we now abide in sleep. (See: Christ, vision)
Christ's vision sees only Sons of God, the Light, Purity and Oneness: Christ's vision has one law. It does not look upon a body, and mistake it for the Son whom God created. It beholds a light beyond the body; an idea beyond what can be touched, a purity undimmed by errors, pitiful mistakes, and fearful thoughts of guilt from dreams of sin. It sees no separation. And it looks on everyone, on every circumstance, all happenings and all events, without the slightest fading of the light it sees. (W-pI.158.7:all)
laws of death and violence: These are fundamental laws of the ego. Our
belief in death ensures we will recycle ourselves as egos and bodies and thus
continue the earthly process of life and death here endlessly --or at least
until we decide to realize we are Sons of God who have eternal Life as Minds
within the Mind of God. The world we see is a delusional world full of sin,
guilt, punishment, suffering and pain. We each live in the little isolated
cocoons of our separated ego-minds, trapped in physical bodies, in a polarized
world we have made of alternating violence and pseudo-love. Finally, after a
brief lifetime here full of insane pointless ego-activities, we wither away and
die of old age unless we decide to depart earlier in a violent or terminal
death. In this world all "life" feeds on "life" in a vast
food chain of devouring, of eat and be eaten; even human bodies are often
"consumed" by bacteria and viruses--unless our immunity T-cells
consume them first! All this death by numerous forms of violence we have
deliberately chosen because we want to be "special" and run our own
make-believe show on earth, dissociated from Heaven, God and His Love.
However we can use this world for healing once we decide we have had enough of all this twisted nonsense here. To do so we must apply the spiritual healing principles of the Course (especially forgiveness and ego-dismantling with the Holy Spirit) in our everyday lives using all the resources of the Holy Spirit to do so. (See: death, attack, violence)
laws of the ego, fear, deprivation, division, limits, specialness and
bondage: This topic is vast in its scope and only a brief summary of the
"laws" of the ego and its many attributes can be dealt with here. They
are as follows:
1. Fear, or rather, "thou shalt always be fearful, even when it is covered up with aggression or pleasure" is a fundamental law of the ego. Fear is the basis of this world we have made.
2. That the ego always gives to get is another of its basic laws. Whenever we give something or do something for another person in this ego-world we always have the aim of receiving something back. This is true even though the awareness of this reciprocation is sometimes unconscious.
3. The ego tries to protect itself by demanding our obedience to its laws, and obedience to its laws is one of its main laws. The ego will punish you if you break its law of obedience.
4. The ego convinces you, you are guilty of sins, and its law is that you have sinned in the past and present, and that you will sin in the future. Guilt engenders fear of punishment, and fear keeps us separate from one another and from God. This is the ego's law of division.
5. One of the ego's cleverest laws is the law of projection. This law states that, because you are guilty of sins, you can unload yourself of them (and the guilt) by projecting them out onto someone else and then blame him for your sins. You will then deceive yourself that you are the guiltless party in this relationship.
6. The ego's laws are the laws of bondage. We bind ourselves with separation, fear, sin, guilt, projection and a variety of special relationships, all of which turn us away from God and our Christ-Selves.
7. It is a law of the ego to focus on error and to disbelieve the Truth. It makes all mistakes real and Truth inconsistent. Thus the ego's law says that all error is real and Truth is error. (See #11 as a follow-up.)
8. The ego's laws are laws of ownership and possession. Possessing as much as one can is the ego's law of salvation. Money, property, adornments, toys, bodies, family and friends all become property in one form or another. Much of this acquisitiveness arises from the ego's law of scarcity, because of which you can never have enough money, right people and possessions. Poverty and loneliness are feared.
9. Linking the future to the past, it is the ego's law that sin and guilt demand punishment. This is the law of fidelity to darkness and it denies the Light which would awaken us.
10. The ego's laws of time and space and all other physical limitations are barriers to experiencing the holy instant and prevent our sudden expansion of awareness into openness of Mind and Freedom.
11. The ego's insane laws guarantee we make mistakes so that the ego can have power over us by telling us we deserve the outcomes (punishments, failures, disasters, sicknesses, etc.,) of these mistakes and blunders. This is a tightly circular "set-up" of error, shame and self-blame--unless we project the blame onto others and want them to be punished.
12. The ego's wishes and demands for specialness are law to us and we obey them.
13. The ego has a law that we must develop (learn by socialization) a very limited (ego-level) self-concept which will ensure we obey and follow the cultural mores, laws, and customs of this world. We are brought up to respect or even revere these laws and customs, while to disobey them is to bring "deserved" punishment on ourselves. The Holy Spirit would have us undo all these laws and ego-made self-concepts, and replace them with God's laws of forgiveness and Loving Oneness. All earthly laws and customs operate on a basis of fear, rejection and punishment.
14. The ego's laws strive to secure the body and make it safe. In doing so they bind us to our bodies, so much so that we tend to identify with our bodies and see our brothers as bodies. Almost everything we do here is connected with body maintenance--work (to earn money for the body), sleep, grooming, dressing, eating, exercising, sport, transporting the body, enjoying the body, doctoring the body, shopping for the body, reproducing the body (families), training the body (e.g., practicing music or other skills) and so on.
15. The ego's law of idolatry ensures we will worship many idols during our lifetimes, and most of these idols have to do with the list immediately above (see #14).
16. The ego even has a higher law that governs all its laws. This higher law is the ego's law of crucifixion, a law which ensures we will all suffer on a daily basis. This is all preparatory to our ultimate crucifixion of dying and death which are the ego's final goal for everyone involved in the separation.
laws of extension and sharing: God's law of extension, sharing and abundance (of Love, Light, Peace, Joy, Happiness, Freedom, etc.,) unifies His Kingdom within His Mind, outside of Which is nothing. But all projected dreams of anger, fear, pseudo-love, deprivation, scarcity, time, space and forms are unreal and do not exist anywhere except as temporary fantasies within our unshared, isolated individual minds. Yet if any two of us can join in a genuine holy spiritual relationship then that relationship will extend immediately to include God and the whole Sonship in its infinite Light and Love. (See: extension, love, sharing)
The ego's law of scarcity and deprivation are contrasted with God's Law of Extension, Sharing and Abundance which unifies the Kingdom: We have said that without projection there can be no anger, but it is also true that without extension there can be no love. These reflect a fundamental law of the mind, and therefore one that always operates. It is the law by which you create and were created. It is the law that unifies the Kingdom, and keeps it in the Mind of God. To the ego, the law is perceived as a means 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 mind. To the Holy Spirit it 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 the law. Every mind must project or extend, because that is how it lives, and every mind is life. (T-7.VIII.1:all)
The law of Mind allows us to extend as Sons, or project as egos; either way, what we want is what we get: I [Jesus] said before that what you project or extend is up to you, but you must do one or the other, for that is a law of mind, and you must look in before you look out. As you look in, you choose the guide for seeing. And then you look out and behold his witnesses. This is why you find what you seek. What you want in yourself you will make manifest, and you will accept it from the world because you put it there by wanting it. When you think you are projecting what you do not want, it is still because you do want it. (T-12.VII.7:1-6)
Two in a genuine Holy Relationship guarantee the sharing of Joy and Love with everyone: It needs but two to understand that they cannot decide alone, to guarantee the joy they asked for will be wholly shared. For they have understood the basic law that makes decision powerful, and gives it all effects that it will ever have. It needs but two. These two are joined before there can be a decision. (T-30.I.17:2-5)
laws of forgiveness: In terms of our ending the separation and waking up to a full consciousness of God within Him, forgiveness is certainly the most important tool we have at our disposal, and it is the major theme of the Course. Forgiveness is the forerunner and prerequisite of Real Love. All special relationships can be turned into holy Loving relationships through the complete forgiveness of everyone, everywhere. Forgiveness is much more than just pardoning the other person for a sin--one that is still perceived as real in this world. It is useless to say to the other person, "Well, those nasty things you did to me actually happened, and while I'm letting you off the hook this time, just make sure it doesn't happen again!" True forgiveness sees the other person only as a Son of God who cannot think or do anything negative. Furthermore, the ego is, in Truth, unreal and the events in question never happened in Reality. By assuring you of this Fact, the Holy Spirit translates sin into salvation. When we Truly see one person as a Son of God and Love him wholly, we will see everyone as Loved Sons of God. (See: forgiveness, pardon, holy relationship)
Forgiveness is only relevant in this world and in time; forgiveness is not needed in Heaven: Here, where the laws of God do not prevail in perfect form, can he [each of us] yet do one perfect thing and make one perfect choice. And by this act of special faithfulness to one perceived as other than himself, he learns the gift was given to himself, and so they must be one. Forgiveness is the only function meaningful in time. It is the means the Holy Spirit uses to translate specialness from sin into salvation. Forgiveness is for all. (T-25.VI.5:1-5)
laws of God, Knowledge, Creation, Heaven and the Kingdom: This is a huge topic, so only a summary of the laws of God is given here. The laws of God, and the factual information about them, are as follows:
1. The Real Knowledge of God, which we can share, is unalterable Truth,
eternal and unambiguous.
2. It is a law of Heaven that giving and receiving are the same. The more we give Real Love, the more we have and are. Thus, each of us can say: I am Love, I have Love. I share Love, I receive Love.
3. The Son of God (the Christ-Self) can never violate the laws of God.
4. Spiritually, there is no difference between having and being (e.g., You have Love and are Love).
5. The Holy Spirit understands the laws of God, for Whom He speaks. Through the Holy Spirit's interpretations we can understand God's laws.
6. The Sonship (including its Created Beings) is always faithful to God's laws, and cannot be otherwise. In God-level Fact, nothing can oppose the laws of God.
7. The law of Creation is that you, as a Son of God, extend what You are (as an eternal Being), by creating Sons (Mind-Beings) with God in the Mind of God. This kind of Creation has nothing to do with making bodies in this world of form and separation.
8. True healing is in accord with the laws of God because healing is inspired by the Holy Spirit.
9. The laws of God operate Truly in Heaven because they are the laws of Truth. There is nothing else.
10. Loving God and His Creation (the Sonship) as One is part of the law of Creation.
11. It is a law of God we can only be blessed by blessing (Loving) our brothers as our Selves.
12. We (as God's Sons) cannot exempt ourselves from God's laws including the law of Peace.
13. True prayers always include our brothers because inclusion (the Oneness of all Being) is a law of God.
14. God's laws of having, giving and receiving are always perfectly fair and consistent and apply to everyone, everywhere.
15. God's laws are as inviolate as our safety; God created nothing beside the Sonship-as-One within His Absolute Mind--Which is all there is. Note that our unreal world of form and dreams is nothing (see #18).
16. God's law of Creation is that we Love all Creation (the Sonship) as our Selves, and thus we are safe.
17. God's laws are laws of Freedom and Peace.
18. Only God's laws and His Will have ever been; what we-as-egos have made is unworthy of God's Sons and does not exist.
19. God's definitions of Who we Really are, are His Laws, and God established the Universe (Sonship) by them. What we have made in this world of separation, form, ego and bodies is not part of God's definitions.
20. God's laws protect us; His Power is our Power--a Power we can use to join all our brothers as One in Love and Peace.
21. The Wholeness of the Sonship is God's law; as we awaken our brothers, so will we all return Home.
22. The laws of God are present now, and as the At-one-ment they intervene between your past and future.
23. Perfect Peace and Understanding go together as a law of God.
24. In the Holy Instant the laws of God prevail because in it the Sonship is Complete.
25. Salvation is a reawakening of the laws of God.
26. True forgiveness of others leads to a yearning within us, both to remember God's laws and to fulfill them.
27. Our function here is to restore God's laws in our minds through holy relationships (which arise from true forgiveness).
28. Unlimited forgiveness of our brothers returns the laws of God to our remembrance.
29. Christ's vision (in us) sets all things right within God's laws; this world of ours is an hallucination.
30. Knowledge has but one law, the law of God's Love for Creation. God Knows and Loves each of us eternally.
31. Creation's law states that each Idea (our Created Beings) the Mind creates always adds to its Abundance.
32. Reality observes only God's laws; illusions obey no laws.
33. Peace and Freedom are laws of God and we can see them here with Christ's vision.
34. There are no laws except the laws of God; this needs repeating over and over.
35. God's laws only give us Everything; they never take.
36. Our claim to miracles is guaranteed by the laws of God, and we are entitled to miracles under the laws of God. Note that miracles are unneeded in Heaven and are unknown there. Here they reflect God's Love.
37. We can only imagine we have broken God's laws; in Truth we are God's Will Extending Love and Being within His Oneness eternally.
38. The Christ in us is our only Self and so we are, in Reality, free of every law but God's.
39. In Reality God rules and His laws alone prevail on us as His Sons; God's only emotion is Universal Love, which He shares unconditionally and fully with us whenever we Truly choose to receive it. Thus...
40. As healers we can only give what we have by understanding God's Word; this is a law of God.
laws of happiness: The laws of happiness were created for us, not by us, and we can accept them. Although, as free beings, we can deny these laws of God (while separating from Him in a dreamworld), we cannot change them, therefore they continue to operate regardless of whether or not we are aware of them. (See: happiness)
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. (T-9.I.11:5-9)
laws of healing and health: All true healing proceeds from the Holy Spirit Who translates the laws of God for us and to us so that we can wake up from our self-imposed sleep of separation. We heal and wake up when we remember and understand the laws of God given us in the Course. As we heal we move through the At-one-ment process from the distorted untrue perceptions of the ego to the right-minded perceptions of our transitioning spiritual self which is in accord with the laws of God. Once we fully understand the Universality of the Laws of God and the Oneness of God's Sons we are fully healed.
The laws of healing in the Course can be summarized as follows (given in
Text, Chapter 26, Section VII):
1. All sickness comes from separation; healing from the sanity of Oneness.
2. By understanding that all guilt, sin and punishment are our perceptual illusions, but that Truth remains unchanged, we are healed.
3. Ideas leave not their source, so what seems to be projected out (e.g., sin) is still in our minds where it must be undone if we are to heal.
4. God's Answer (the Holy Spirit) will undo all illusions in our minds if we offer them to Him, and this is healing.
5. Our beliefs in sin and guilt stem from our separation from others, and bodies symbolize this separation. All these beliefs must be undone with the help of the Holy Spirit if we are to heal.
6. Forgiveness heals because it is the answer to all attack, and because hate is answered in the name of Love.
7. We ask too little; to heal rapidly we have to realize that as Sons of God we have Everything and were created as Everything; therefore we have need of nothing in this unreal world of ego and chaos.
8. To heal completely we must learn that God and all His Sons are One and are never separate.
9. Cause (our minds) and consequence (projected ego-material such as blame or sickness) must be brought together in our minds and there given to the Holy Spirit for miracles of healing to occur.
10. God's Kingdom (the Sonship) is united, not separate or seeing differences, and healing lies in the miracles that come from understanding this Fact.
11. The desire for specialness causes apparent differences between us, but, because Everything of God belongs to every Son of God, specialness is impossible.
The laws of healing further state that healing is freedom from dreams,
healing is from the strength that overcomes weakness, and this strength is
shared by all who need healing. All healing must proceed in lawful manner, an
At-one-ment process we can safely leave to the Holy Spirit because our ego's
perceptions of healing are wrong. All we need to do is apply what the
Holy Spirit has taught us to our situations. The Course advises us that, to
heal, we must withdraw all value from this world of ego and its insane
If (without attack thoughts for anyone) we place the care of our bodies in the hands of the Holy Spirit its health is fully guaranteed.
Forgiveness is the home of miracles which heal by inverting perception, making it open to Truth. Hallucinations, such as this world we made, will disappear when we recognize them for what they are (nothing) and this will bring True healing.
As healers, it is essential we let the Holy Spirit correct all our mistakes. God's healers have understood His Word (Thoughts as in the Course) and so all they need to give healing will be given them.
laws and the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit's healing always translates
the laws of God to each separated Son only in terms of God's One Truth.
By obeying and utilizing God's laws through the Holy Spirit we can awaken
ourselves and others. Although the Holy Spirit's Being is invisible Mind
(actually the Universal Mind of God and the Sonship) we can see His
miracles of healing here and thus know What He is.
Spiritual Vision, based on God's laws and brought to us through the Holy Spirit, will solve all our problems, situations and perplexities. If we let Him, the Holy Spirit will make for us an interim real world based on corrected error. All healing must proceed in lawful manner, in keeping with the At-one-ment process, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. To find peace of mind here all our meaningless ego-concepts must be undone by us with the help of the Holy Spirit.
The Christ part of our mind can listen to the Holy Spirit non-stop because it is in constant communication with God. The Holy Spirit tells us there is no loss under the laws of God which forever give and never take. Forgiving one brother wholly through the Holy Spirit will bring salvation to all minds here. The Self and God's Love are apparent to those who see with Spiritual Vision and hear the Holy Spirit. (See: Holy Spirit, vision, healing)
The Holy Spirit's healing always translates the laws of God to each separated Son only in terms of God's One Truth: The Holy Spirit is the translator of the laws of God to those who do not understand them. You could not do this yourself because a conflicted mind cannot be faithful to one meaning, and will therefore change the meaning to preserve the form. The Holy Spirit's purpose in translating is exactly the opposite. He translates only to preserve the original meaning in all respects and in all languages. Therefore, He opposes the idea that differences in form are meaningful, emphasizing always that these differences do not matter. The meaning of His message is always the same; only the meaning matters. God's law of creation 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. (T-7.II.4:5-6) & (T-7.II.5:1-6)
By obeying and utilizing God's laws through the Holy Spirit we can awaken ourselves and others: As you awaken other minds to the Holy Spirit through Him [the Holy Spirit], and not yourself [as ego], you will understand that you are not obeying the laws of this world. But the laws you are obeying work. (T-9.V.8:12-13)
Although the Holy Spirit's Being is invisible Mind, we can see His miracles of healing and so know what He is: The Holy Spirit is invisible, but you can see the results of His Presence, and through them you will learn that He is there. What He enables you to do is clearly not of this world, for miracles violate every law of reality as this world judges it. Every law of time and space, of magnitude and mass is transcended, for what the Holy Spirit enables you to do is clearly beyond all of them. Perceiving His results, you will understand where He must be, and finally know what He is. You cannot see the Holy Spirit, but you can see His manifestations. And unless you do, you will not realize He is there. Miracles are His witnesses, and speak for His Presence. (T-12.VII.3:all) & (T-12.VII.4:1-3)
Spiritual Vision, based on God's laws and brought to us through the Holy Spirit, will solve all our problems, situations and perplexities: There is no problem, no event or situation, no perplexity that vision will not solve. All is redeemed when looked upon with vision. For this is not your [physical/ego] sight, and brings with it the laws beloved of Him [the Holy Spirit] Whose sight it is. Everything looked upon with vision falls gently into place, according to the laws brought to it by His calm and certain sight. The end for everything He looks upon is always sure. For it will meet His purpose, seen in unadjusted form and suited perfectly to meet it. (T-20.VIII.5:7-9) & (T-20.VIII.6:1-3)
If we let Him, the Holy Spirit will make for us an interim real world based on corrected error: There is another Maker of the world, the simultaneous Corrector of the mad belief that anything could be established and maintained without some link that kept it still within the laws of God; not as the law itself upholds the universe [the Sonship] as God created it, but in some form adapted to the need the Son of God believes he has. Corrected error is the error's end. And thus has God protected still His Son, even in error. (T-25.III.4:all)
All healing must proceed in lawful manner through the guidance of the Holy Spirit: All healing must proceed in lawful manner, in accord with laws that have been properly perceived but never violated. Fear you not the way that you perceive them. You are wrong, but there is One within you Who is right. Leave, then, the transfer of your learning to the One Who really understands its laws, and Who will guarantee that they remain unviolated and unlimited. Your part is merely to apply what He has taught you to yourself, and He will do the rest. (T-27.V.9:4-6) & (T-27.V.10:1-2)
To find peace of mind here all our meaningless ego-concepts must be undone with the help of the Holy Spirit: A concept of the self [as ego] 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 [ego-] 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 [ego-] concept of the self must be undone, if any peace of mind is to be given you. (T-31.V.8:1-3)
The Christ part of our mind can listen to the Holy Spirit non-stop because it is in constant communication with God: It is quite possible to listen to God's Voice [the Holy Spirit] all through the day without interrupting your regular activities in any way. The part of your mind in which truth abides is in constant communication with God, whether you are aware of it or not. It is the other part of your mind that functions in the world and obeys the world's laws. It is this part that is constantly distracted, disorganized and highly uncertain. (W-pI.49.1:all)
The Holy Spirit tells us there is no loss under the laws of God which forever give and never take: Dismiss all foolish magical beliefs today, and hold your mind in silent readiness to hear the Voice [the Holy Spirit] That speaks the truth to you. You will be listening to One [the Holy Spirit] Who says there is no loss under the laws of God. Payment is neither given nor received. Exchange cannot be made; there are no substitutes; and nothing is replaced by something else. God's laws forever give and never take. Hear Him [the Holy Spirit] Who tells you this, and realize how foolish are the "laws" you thought upheld the world you thought you saw. (W-pI.76.9:2-6) & (W-pI.76.10:1)
Forgiving one brother wholly through the Holy Spirit will bring salvation to all minds here: One thought, completely unified, will serve to unify all thought. This is the same as saying one correction will suffice for all correction, or that to forgive one brother wholly is enough to bring salvation to all minds. For these are but some special cases of one law which holds for every kind of learning, if it be directed by the One Who knows the truth. (W-pI.108.5:all)
The Self and God's Love are apparent to those who see with Spiritual Vision and hear the Holy Spirit: 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 love's Voice [the Holy Spirit]. (W-pI.127.6:1-3)
laws and Jesus: Through his resurrection Jesus demonstrated death does not exist and that the True law offers only protection. Jesus cannot release us from fear because fear does not exist; also he will not tamper with the fundamental law of cause and effect; note, too, that what we think (cause), we get (effect). Jesus can heal us because he Knows us as Sons of God, and he has one True message for us (which is the Course) that we must choose to heed and apply if we wish to become enlightened. (See: Jesus, resurrection, fear)
Jesus' resurrection demonstrated death does not exist and that the True law offers only protection: The emptiness engendered by fear must be replaced by forgiveness. That is what the Bible means by "There is no death," and why I [Jesus] could demonstrate that death does not exist. I came to fulfill the law by reinterpreting it. The law itself, if properly understood, offers only protection. It is those who have not yet changed their minds who brought the "hell-fire" concept into it. I assure you that I will witness for anyone who lets me, and to whatever extent he permits it. Your witnessing demonstrates your belief, and thus strengthens it. (T-1.IV.4:1-7)
Jesus cannot release us from fear because fear does not exist; also he will not tamper with the fundamental law of cause and effect; note, too, that what we think (cause), we get (effect): You may still complain about fear, but you nevertheless persist in making yourself fearful. I [Jesus] have already indicated that you cannot ask me to release you from fear. I know it does not exist, but you do not. If I intervened between your thoughts and their results, I would be tampering with a basic law of cause and effect; the most fundamental law there is. I would hardly help you if I depreciated the power of your own thinking. This would be in direct opposition to the purpose of this Course. (T-2.VII.1:1-6)
Jesus can heal us because he Knows us as Sons of God, and he has one True message for us: I [Jesus] 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. (T-10.III.7:4-8)
That one message is: What is God's belongs to everyone, and is his due. (T-25.IX.10:10)
laws of Life and Love: The law of Love is Universal, and Knowledge
(i.e., Knowing each other as Sons of God) is Truth under God's one law of
Love. Awakening from our dream of separation is accomplished by following God's
law of Love of our own free wills. Moreover, the Christ that we Truly are (as
Sons of God) has never ceased to follow the law of Love.
In the holy instant the law of Love always prevails. There is no Love but God's and it has no opposite; therefore, as God created us, we Know no law except the law of Love. The law of Love states that what we give to our brothers we give to ourselves.
Father, we would abide in You and know no law except the law of Love. By obeying Your law of Love we liberate all things we see for all time, and never bind them.
Knowledge is Truth under God's one law of Love: Knowledge is truth, under one law, the law of love or God. (T-PRE.2:3)
Awakening is following the law of Love of our own free wills: Awaking unto Christ is following the laws of love of your free will, and out of quiet recognition of the truth in them. The attraction of light must draw you willingly, and willingness is signified by giving. Those who accept love of you become your willing witnesses to the love you gave them, and it is they who hold it out to you. (T-13.VI.12:1-3)
The Christ that we Truly are has never ceased to follow the law of Love: And yet the laws of love are not suspended because you sleep. And you have followed them through all your nightmares, and have been faithful in your giving, for you were not alone. Even in sleep has Christ protected you, ensuring the real world for you when you awake. In your name He has given for you, and given you the gifts He gave. God's Son is still as loving as his Father. (T-13.VI.13:1-5)
In the holy instant the law of Love prevails: The holy instant thus becomes a lesson in how to hold all of your brothers in your mind, experiencing not loss but completion. From this it follows you can only give. And this is love, for this alone is natural under the laws of God. In the holy instant the laws of God prevail, and only they have meaning. The laws of this world cease to hold any meaning at all. When the Son of God accepts the laws of God as what he gladly wills, it is impossible that he be bound, or limited in any way. In that instant he is as free as God would have him be. (T-15.VI.5:5-11)
There is no Love but God's and it has no opposite: 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 that 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 to remember what you really are could fail to emphasize that there can never be a difference in what you really 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. (W-pI.127.3:all) & (W-pI.127.4:all)
As God created us we know no law except the law of Love: 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 law except the law of love. Let us not worship idols, nor believe in any law idolatry would make to hide the freedom of the Son of God. He is not bound except by his beliefs. (W-pII.277.Heading) & (W-pII.277.1:all) & (W-pII.277.2:1-2)
The law of Love states that what I give to my brothers I give to myself: 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 have not understood what giving means, and thought to save what I desired for myself alone. And as I looked upon the treasure that 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. (W-pII.344.Heading) & (W-pII.344.1:all)
The law of Love is Universal: 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 that I can give. (W-pII.345.Heading) & (W-pII.345.1:1-6)
Father, I would abide in You and know no law except the law of Love: 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 the 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 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. (W-pII.346.Heading) & (W-pII.346.1:all)
By obeying the law of Love I liberate all things I see and never bind them: 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. (W-pII.349.Heading) & (W-pII.349.1:1-5)
laws of mind and thought: Thoughts always begin in the mind of the
thinker from which they reach outward, but our perceptions occur first in the
ego-mind and are then projected outward. However, all our perceptions here in
this world are unreal.
Fidelity to premises (God's Truths or the ego's spurious beliefs) is a basic law of Mind, and yet everything God created is faithful to His laws; in this respect, God did not make the ego or our bodies because God knows neither form nor separation. Only Mind is Real and only Mind can be shared, therefore the body is separate and meaningless. It is an immutable law of Mind/mind that what you Extend (from Self) or project (from ego) is real for you. In this ego-world of ours the laws of mind have been adapted to the circumstances here, so what we project we believe. It is a law of Mind/mind that without extension there is no Love, and that without projection there is no anger. The Voice of the Holy Spirit always promises salvation from sin and guilt.
It is a law of Mind that any one True thought we have learned from the Holy Spirit (e.g., correction, forgiveness), perfectly unified, will unify all our thoughts and bring salvation to all minds. The Mind that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited forever; it rests in God. (See: mind)
Thoughts begin in the mind of the thinker from which they reach outward; perceptions occur in the ego-mind and then project outward, but perceptions are unreal: Thoughts begin in the mind of the thinker, from which they reach outward. This is as true of God's Thinking as it is of yours. Because your mind is split, you can perceive as well as think. Yet perception cannot escape the basic laws of mind. You perceive from your mind and project your perceptions outward. Although perception of any kind is unreal, you made it and the Holy Spirit can therefore use it well. He can inspire perception and lead it toward God. (T-6.II.9:1-7)
Fidelity to premises is a law of Mind, and everything God created (i.e., the Sonship) is faithful to His laws: 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 mind, and everything God created is faithful to His laws. Fidelity to other laws is also possible, however, not because the laws are true, but because you made them. (T-6.IV.11:1-4)
Only Mind is Real and only Mind can be shared; the body is separate and meaningless: I have said that the Holy Spirit is the motivation for miracles. 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 one body is meaningless. By the laws of mind, then, the body is meaningless. (T-6.V.A.3:all)
It is an immutable law of Mind/mind that what you Extend or project is real for you; in this ego-world the laws of mind have been adapted to the circumstances here, so what we project we believe: What you project or extend is real for you. This is an immutable law of the mind in this world as well as in the Kingdom. However, the content is different in this world, 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 been adapted to the circumstances of this world, in which diametrically opposed outcomes seem possible because you can respond to two conflicting voices. Outside the Kingdom, the law that prevails inside is adapted to "What you project you believe." (T-7.II.2:4-9) & (T-7.II.3:1)
It is a law of Mind/mind that without extension there is no Love, and that without projection there is no anger: We have said that without projection there can be no anger, but it is also true that without extension there can be no love. These reflect a fundamental law of the mind, and therefore one that always operates. It is the law by which you create and were created. It is the law that unifies the Kingdom, and keeps it in the Mind of God. (T-7.VIII.1:1-4)
It is a law of Mind that one thought we have learned from the Holy Spirit (e.g., correction, forgiveness) perfectly unified, will unify all our thoughts and bring salvation to all minds: One thought, completely unified, will serve to unify all thought. This is the same as saying one correction will suffice for all correction, or that to forgive one brother wholly is enough to bring salvation to all minds. For these are but some special cases of one law which holds for every kind of learning, if it be directed by the One [the Holy Spirit] Who knows the truth. (W-pI.108.5:all)
The Holy Spirit speaks of laws this ego-world does not obey; His Voice promises salvation from sin and guilt: It is this joining, through the Voice for God, of Father and of Son, that sets apart salvation from the world. It is this Voice Which speaks of laws the world does not obey; Which promises salvation from all sin, with guilt abolished in the mind that God created sinless. Now this mind becomes aware again of Who created it, and of His lasting union with itself. So is its Self the one reality in Which its will and that of God are joined. (W-pI.154.4:all)
The Mind that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited forever; it rests in God: 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 that 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 [I am not a body. I am free.], and hold it very dear. (W-pI.199.2:all) & (W-pI.199.3:1)
laws of perception: Knowledge (which is the Oneness of the Mind of God
within which we Know one another) transcends the laws governing perception,
because perception involves only partial awareness. Thoughts always begin in the
mind of the thinker from which they reach outward by extending or projecting.
True thoughts such as Love are extended, while perceptions first occur in the
ego-mind and then project outward. However, these perceptions of the ego are
unreal at the ego-level. Yet, reflections of Real Thoughts such as Love
and Peace can occur at the right-minded level, especially during a holy instant.
Under the Holy Spirit's guidance any Love, Light, Peace or Joy perceived in any one person (e.g., I see the Light in you) can be generalized to everyone (I see the Light in everyone). The ego's perception always selects specifically and makes the world we see, but selective judgmental perception is always a choice we decide to make. This is perception's basic law, "You see what you believe is there, and you believe it there because you want it there." This applies to guilt and attack.
Although perception is unknown to the Mind of God, perception rules this unreal world we have made. We think suffering and sin will bring us "joy" because our perceptions play back to us what we wish to see. It is perception's law that what we see reflects the state of our ego-minds in terms of our distorted emotions and chaotic beliefs. The laws of this world do not really exist because they stem from our perceptions, and so we do not need them. Instead, we must substitute God's laws and allow them to work in our minds here. It is perception's law that we see that which we feel within our minds.
Forgiveness is a right-minded perception, one that leads to True freedom for both ourselves and the brothers we forgive. Even in this world we can look out on (perceive) a forgiven world once we learn to trust the Power of God within our Minds-as-such. However, once we wake up in God even the perception of forgiveness will disappear because perceptions of any kind are unneeded and unknown in Heaven. (See: perception, levels, projection, mind)
Knowledge (which is a Oneness within which we Know one another) transcends the laws governing perception; perception involves partial awareness: What happens to perceptions if there are no judgments and nothing but perfect equality? Perception becomes impossible. Truth can only be known. All of it is equally true, and knowing any part of it is to know all of it. Only perception involves partial awareness. Knowledge transcends the laws governing perception, because partial knowledge is impossible. It is all one and has no separate parts. You who are really one with it need but know yourself and your knowledge is complete. To know God's miracle is to know Him. (T-3.V.8:all)
Thoughts begin in the mind of the thinker from which they reach outward; perceptions occur in the ego-mind and then project outward, but all the ego's perceptions are unreal: Thoughts begin in the mind of the thinker, from which they reach outward. This is as true of God's Thinking as it is of yours. Because your mind is split, you can perceive as well as think. Yet perception cannot escape the basic laws of mind. You perceive from your mind and project your perceptions outward. Although perception of any kind is unreal, you made it and the Holy Spirit can therefore use it well. He can inspire perception and lead it toward God. (T-6.II.9:1-7)
Under the Holy Spirit's guidance the common elements perceived in situations (e.g., I see the Light in you) can be generalized to everyone (I see the Light in everyone): As you perceive more and more common elements in all situations, the transfer of training under the Holy Spirit's guidance increases and becomes generalized. Gradually you learn to apply it to everyone and everything, for its applicability is universal. When this has been accomplished, perception and knowledge have become so similar that they share the unification of the laws of God. (T-12.VI.6:5-7)
The ego's perception selects and makes the world we see, but perception is a choice: Perception selects, and makes the world you see. It literally picks it out as the mind directs. The laws of size and shape and brightness would hold, perhaps, if other things were equal. They are not equal. For what you look for you are far more likely to discover than what you would prefer to overlook. The still, small Voice for God is not drowned out by all the ego's raucous screams and senseless ravings to those who want to hear It. Perception is a choice and not a fact. But on this choice depends far more than you may realize as yet. (T-21.V.1:1-8)
This is perception's basic law, You see what you believe is there, and you believe it there because you want it there. This applies to guilt and attack: To the extent to which you value guilt, to that extent will you perceive a world in which attack is justified. To the extent to which you recognize that guilt is meaningless, to that extent you will perceive attack cannot be justified. This is in accord with perception's fundamental law: You see what you believe is there, and you believe it there because you want it there. Perception has no other law than this. The rest but stems from this, to hold it up and offer it support. This is perception's form, adapted to this world, of God's more basic law; that love creates itself, and nothing but itself. (T-25.III.1:all)
Perception is unknown to the Mind of God; but perception rules this unreal world we have made: God's laws do not obtain directly to a world perception rules, for such a world could not have been created by the Mind to which perception has no meaning. Yet are His laws reflected everywhere. Not that the world where this reflection is, is real at all. Only because His Son believes it is, and from His Son's belief He could not let Himself be separate entirely. He could not enter His Son's insanity with him, but He could be sure His sanity went there with him, so he could not be lost forever in the madness of his wish. (T-25.III.2:all)
We think suffering and sin will bring us "joy" because our perceptions play back to us what we wish to see: Perception's basic law could thus be said, "You will rejoice at what you see because you see it to rejoice." And while you think that suffering and sin will bring you joy, so long will they be there for you to see. Nothing is harmful or beneficent apart from what you wish. It is your wish that makes it what it is in its effects on you. (T-25.IV.2:1-4)
It is perception's law that what we see reflects the state of our ego-minds: It also shows some glimmering of sight into perception's law that what you see reflects the state of the perceiver's mind. (T-31.V.12:5)
The laws of this world do not exist because they stem from our perceptions; we do not need them; instead, we must allow God's laws to work here: My perception of this shows me I believe in laws that do not exist. I see only the laws of God at work in this. Let me allow God's laws to work in this, and not my own. (W-pI.rII.88.4:2-4)
It is perception's law that we see that which we feel within our minds: 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 sharp-pointed, bony fingers. If you feel the Love of God within you, you will look out on a world of mercy and of love. (W-pI.189.5:all)
Forgiveness is a right-minded perception, one that leads to True freedom for both ourselves and the brothers we forgive: 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. (W-pI.198.2:all)
Even in this world we can look out on (perceive) a forgiven world once we learn to trust the Power of God within our Minds-as-such: This is the foundation on which their ability to fulfill their function rests. Perception is the result of learning. In fact, perception is learning, because cause and effect are never separated. The teachers of God have trust in the world, because they have learned it is not governed by the laws the world made up. It is governed by a Power That is in them but not of them. It is this Power That keeps all things safe. It is through this Power that the teachers of God look on a forgiven world. (M-4.I.1:all)
laws of physical time, space, things, size and shape: Miracles are an
exchange of Love that reverses physical laws. Miracles place us beyond
physical laws and raise us into the sphere of celestial order. Miracles
establish an out-of-pattern time interval (usually a contraction of time) not
under the usual laws of time, because miracles transcend every law of time,
space, magnitude and mass.
The shadow voices of the ego do not change the laws of time (which is an illusion) or eternity. Yet, when far enough along our spiritual path we will alter time, and rise above its laws in a holy instant to visit eternity for a while. An unbound mind (such as Jesus' Mind) that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited and beyond the laws of space and time; in this connection having the Peace of God causes us to transcend all laws of time and things perceived in time. (See: miracles, physical, holy instant)
Miracles are an exchange of Love that reverses physical laws: Miracles are a kind of exchange. Like all expressions of love, which are always miraculous in the true sense, the exchange reverses the physical laws. (T-1.I.9:1-2)
Miracles place us beyond physical laws and raise us into the sphere of celestial order: I [Jesus] inspire all miracles, which are really intercessions. They intercede for your holiness and make your perceptions holy. By placing you beyond the physical laws they raise you into the sphere of celestial order. In this order you are perfect. (T-1.I.32:all)
Miracles establish an out-of-pattern time interval (usually a contraction of time) not under the usual laws of time: The miracle is a learning device that lessens the need for time. It establishes an out-of-pattern time interval not under the usual laws of time. In this sense it is timeless. (T-1.I.47:all)
Miracles transcend every law of time, space, magnitude and mass: What He [the Holy Spirit] enables you to do is clearly not of this world, for miracles violate every law of reality as this world judges it. Every law of time and space, of magnitude and mass is transcended, for what the Holy Spirit enables you to do is clearly beyond all of them. Perceiving His results, you will understand where He must be, and finally know what He is. (T-12.VII.3:2-4)
The shadow voices of the ego do not change the laws of time (which is an illusion) or eternity: The shadow voices do not change the laws of time nor of eternity. They come from what is past and gone, and hinder not the true existence of the here and now. (T-26.V.12:1-2)
When far enough along one's spiritual path we will alter time and rise above its laws in a holy instant to visit eternity a while: Today [Lesson 157, Into His Presence would I enter now] it will be given you to feel a touch of Heaven, though you will return to paths of learning. Yet you have come far enough along the way to alter time sufficiently to rise above its laws, and walk into eternity a while. This you will learn to do increasingly, as every lesson, faithfully rehearsed, brings you more swiftly to this holy place and leaves you, for a moment, to your Self. (W-pI.157.3:all)
An unbound mind that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited and beyond the laws of space and time: 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 that 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 [I am not a body. I am free.], and hold it very dear. (W-pI.199.2:all) & (W-pI.199.3:1)
Having the Peace of God causes us to transcend all laws of time and things perceived in time: 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 the 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 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. (W-pII.346.Heading) & (W-pII.346.1:all)
laws of purpose: The Course tells us unequivocally that pleasure and pain are the same and equally unreal. This statement is, perhaps, one of the most difficult for us to believe because we want to turn the ego's pleasure-pain horizontal polarity into a spiritual-ego vertical duality with pain belonging to the ego and pleasure to Spirit, especially the pleasures of "feel-good" elation. However these pleasurable "highs," almost all of which relate to specific situations, are of the ego and we must not dupe ourselves by thinking they are of Spirit. Spiritual Joy and ego-pleasures should never be confused. Pleasure is just another ego-block to experiencing Real Joy and Happiness in God. Joy is of God, as the last two quotations below affirm. This Real Joy is eternal and once it is experienced in a holy instant it can never be mistaken for pleasurable highs in this world no matter how "up-lifting" some of them may seem to be. This does not mean we should deny ourselves pleasures here because that would make them real; but when pleasures happen we should recognize them for what they are--nothing. (See: pleasure, pain, dual, joy, happiness)
The law of purpose states that pain and pleasure are the same because they share the common purpose of silencing what the Holy Spirit says, thus keeping His words from our awareness: Pain demonstrates the body must be real. It is a loud, obscuring voice whose shrieks would silence what the Holy Spirit says, and keep His words from your awareness. Pain compels attention, drawing it away from Him and focusing upon itself. Its purpose is the same as pleasure, for they both are means to make the body real. What shares a common purpose is the same. This is the law of purpose, which unites all those who share in it within itself. Pleasure and pain are equally unreal, because their purpose cannot be achieved. Thus are they means for nothing, for they have a goal without a meaning. And they share the lack of meaning which their purpose has. Sin shifts from pain to pleasure, and again to pain. For either witness is the same, and carries but one message: "You are here, within this body, and you can be hurt. You can have pleasure, too, but only at the cost of pain." These witnesses are joined by many more. Each one seems different because it has a different name, and so it seems to answer to a different sound. Except for this, the witnesses of sin are all alike. Call pleasure pain, and it will hurt. Call pain a pleasure, and the pain behind the pleasure will be felt no more. Sin's witnesses but shift from name to name, as one steps forward and another back. Yet which is foremost makes no difference. Sin's witnesses hear but the call of death. (T-27.VI.1:all) & (T-27.VI.2:all)
The principle of Atonement and the separation began at the same time. When the ego was made, God placed in the mind the call to joy. This call is so strong that the ego always dissolves at its sound. (T-5.II.3:1-3)
Only joy increases forever, since joy and eternity are inseparable. God extends outward beyond limits and beyond time, and you who are co-creator with Him extend His Kingdom forever and beyond limit. Eternity is the indelible stamp of creation. The eternal are in peace and joy forever. (T-7.I.5:3-6)
laws that sickness serves: The laws of sickness state that lies are truth, and that the unity of the Self has been dismembered. Two of the lies the laws of sickness state are that all sickness is (a) real and (b) inevitable. By contrast, healing is accomplished when we understand the body/ego system has no power to attack the Universal Oneness of the Sonship (all of us) within the Mind of God. Remember that all sickness is weakness and a separation from God and our brothers, while healing is a Spiritual strength and freedom which is shared by joining our minds with other minds. (See: sickness, illness, healing)
The laws of sickness state that lies are truth, and that the unity of the Self has been dismembered: 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 that 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. (W-pI.137.3:all) & (W-pI.137.4:1-4)
The laws of sickness state that all sickness is real: When sickness has been seen to disappear in spite of all the laws that hold it cannot but be real, then questions have been answered. And the laws can be no longer cherished nor obeyed. (W-pI.137.7:2-3)
The laws of sickness state that sickness is inevitable: 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 that were walled off within a body free to join with other minds, to be forever strong. (W-pI.137.8:all)
laws of sin, judgment, guilt and punishment: The laws of sin demand a victim, any victim will do, and death is the cost. The laws of sin have different witnesses and strengths attesting to different sufferings--degrees and types of pain, degrees and types of pleasure, as well as death itself. Yet we need not suffer the laws of sin. Instead we can let the holy instant replace all sin with Love's symbols of healing, salvation and true happiness. The Real World of the holy instant is unaffected by the laws of chaos and sin we made and believe are real. Miracles will occur when we forgive everyone of sin, including ourselves, and we will be healed. Suffering will then be impossible. (See: sin, judgment, pain, guilt)
The laws of sin demand a victim, any victim will do, and death is the cost: There is a kind of justice in salvation of which the world knows nothing. To the world, justice and vengeance are the same, for sinners see justice only as their punishment, perhaps sustained by someone else, but not escaped. The laws of sin demand a victim. Who it may be makes little difference. But death must be the cost and must be paid. This is not justice, but insanity. (T-25.VIII.3:1-6)
The laws of sin have different witnesses and strengths attesting to different sufferings--degrees and types of pain, degrees and types of pleasure, as well as death itself: The laws of sin have different witnesses with different strengths. And they attest to different sufferings. Yet to the One Who sends forth miracles to bless the world, a tiny stab of pain, a little worldly pleasure, and the throes of death itself are but a single sound; a call for healing, and a plaintive cry for help within a world of misery. It is their sameness that the miracle attests. It is their sameness that it proves. The laws that call them different are dissolved, and shown as powerless. The purpose of a miracle is to accomplish this. And God Himself has guaranteed the strength of miracles for what they witness to. Be you then witness to the miracle, and not the laws of sin. There is no need to suffer any more. (T-27.VI.6:4-11) & (T-27.VI.7:1-2)
Suffer not the laws of sin, but let the holy instant replace all sin with Love's symbols of healing, salvation and true happiness: The holy instant will replace all sin if you but carry its effects with you. And no one will elect to suffer more. What better function could you serve than this? Be healed that you may heal, and suffer not the laws of sin to be applied to you. And truth will be revealed to you who chose to let love's symbols take the place of sin. (T-27.VI.8:2-6)
The Real World is unaffected by the laws of chaos and sin we made and believe are real: The dream of judgment is a children's game, in which the child becomes the father, powerful, but with the little wisdom of a child. What hurts him is destroyed; what helps him, blessed. Except he judges this as does a child, who does not know what hurts and what will heal. And bad things seem to happen, and he is afraid of all the chaos in a world he thinks is governed by the laws he made. Yet is the real world unaffected by the world he thinks is real. Nor have its laws been changed because he does not understand. (T-29.IX.6:4-9)
laws of Truth: The laws of Truth are forever True and cannot be reversed. All Truth reflects God's laws and radiates His Love. Miracles contain gifts of Grace, a Fact that illustrates the law of truth. Although Truth has no opposite, for the practical purpose of dismantling the ego, we can regard perception as in a vertical duality relationship with Truth. (See: dual, truth, laws of God)
The laws of Truth are forever True and cannot be reversed: God's answer lies where the belief in sin must be, for only there can its effects be utterly undone and without cause. Perception's laws must be reversed, because they are reversals of the laws of truth. The laws of truth forever will be true, and cannot be reversed; yet can be seen as upside down. And this must be corrected where the illusion of reversal lies. (T-26.VII.5:all)
All Truth reflects God's laws and radiates His Love: Truth is God's creation, and to pardon that is meaningless. All truth belongs to Him, reflects His laws and radiates His Love. (W-pI.134.2:4-5)
Miracles contain gifts of Grace which illustrate the law of truth: A miracle contains the gift of grace, for it is given and received as one. And thus it illustrates the law of truth the world does not obey, because it fails entirely to understand its ways. A miracle inverts perception which was upside down before, and thus it ends the strange distortions that were manifest. Now is perception open to the truth. Now is forgiveness seen as justified. Forgiveness is the home of miracles. (Commentary 13 on "What is a Miracle?" W-pII.13.2:all) & (Commentary 13 on "What is a Miracle?" W-pII.13.3:1)
laws of the Universe and
Eternity: Miracles help make our minds one with God, in God, and reflect the
laws of Eternity. The Idea of healing (which is a major aspect of the Idea of
the Holy Spirit and the At-one-ment) follows the laws of the Universe.
The laws of the Universe do not permit contradiction; God and His Sons are the Universe of Love and that Universe remains unheeding of the laws we made for this world. That God has given us a place in His Mind for all eternity is a law of the Universe. (See: universe, eternal, healing)
Miracles make minds one with God and reflect the laws of eternity: Miracles make minds one in God. They depend on cooperation because the Sonship is the sum of all that God created. Miracles therefore reflect the laws of eternity, not of time. (T-1.I.19:all)
The Idea of the Holy Spirit follows the laws of the Universe: 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. Since you are part of God it is also the idea of yourself, as well as of all His creations. 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. It is strengthened by being given away. It increases in you as you give it to your brother. (T-5.III.2:1-7)
The laws of the Universe do not permit contradiction; God and His Sons are the Universe of Love: The laws of the universe do not permit contradiction. What holds for God holds for you. If you believe you are absent from God, you will believe that He is absent from you. Infinity is meaningless without you, and you are meaningless without God. There is no end to God and His Son, for we are the universe. God is not incomplete, and He is not childless. Because He did not will to be alone, He created a Son like Himself. Do not deny Him His Son, for your unwillingness to accept His Fatherhood has denied you yours. See His creations as His Son, for yours were created in honor of Him. The universe of love does not stop because you do not see it, nor have your closed eyes lost the ability to see. Look upon the glory of His creation, and you will learn what God has kept for you. God has given you a place in His Mind that is yours forever. Yet you can keep it only by giving it, as it was given you. (T-11.I.5:all) & (T-11.I.6:1-2)
The Universe remains unheeding of the laws we made for this world: 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. (W-pI.136.11:1-3)
laws of this unreal world: The laws of this world are based on our
perception of orders of differences and difficulty, and they are also arbitrary,
senseless and utilize projection. The laws of chaos rule this world we made. In
this respect, confusion, shift and change are fundamental laws of this world.
The false ego-identity parts of our minds obey this world's laws, even though
our True Selves are in constant communication with God. We made all the laws of
this world, from the physical laws of time, space and nature to the
psychological and cultural laws we believe in and tend to obey.
The laws of this unreal world include the laws of medicine, economics and health, even though, in Fact, there are no laws except the laws of God. The laws of this unreal world also include the laws of nutrition, immunization, medication, bodily-protections, friendship, good relationships, reciprocity (tit for tat, or an eye for an eye) and our ego's distinctions between what is God's and what is ours. It is another law of this world that whatever we give we lose. We also give ego-power to sin, sickness, death and pain, all of which are our ego's laws. Our laws of time, space, distance and limits in this world are reversed by our recognition of our holiness as Sons of God. By choosing to obey the laws of this world we imprison ourselves in a world of sin from which we seem to be too frail to escape. According to the laws of this world we believe we have enemies, even though an "enemy" is but a symbol of the imprisoned Christ in us and our brother. When we withdraw our projections and release the Christ in others, we release the Christ in ourselves.
Miracles do not obey our laws, they follow from the laws of God. Although we believe in our laws and give them power over us, we have to realize we are free of the effects of all laws save God's Whose laws are Freedom. All our laws in this world of darkness and death violate the Truth of what Love is. As teachers of God we learn this world need not be governed by the laws we made up; we can exchange the ego's laws for God's and, through forgiveness, look out on a safe, Real world of Love.
The laws of the Real world of Love are unaffected by the laws of this unreal world. The laws and values of this unreal world we made can also be undone by us individually. Through forgiveness we can release ourselves and our brothers from all the laws of this world we made. (See: forgive, undo)
The laws of this world are based on our perception of orders of differences and difficulty: The world goes against your [God-given] nature, being 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 yourself there is no order of difficulty in miracles, you will convince yourself that, in your natural state, there is no difficulty at all because it is a state of grace. (T-7.XI.1:5-8)
The laws of this world are chaotic, arbitrary, senseless and based on projection: The world you made is therefore totally chaotic, governed by arbitrary and senseless "laws," and without meaning of any kind. For it is made out of what you do not want, projected from your mind because you are afraid of it. Yet this world is only in the mind of its maker, along with his real salvation. Do not believe it is outside of yourself, for only by recognizing where it is will you gain control over it. For you do have control over your mind, since the mind is the mechanism of decision. (T-12.III.9:6-10)
It is a law of this world that as we give we lose; we also give ego-power to sin, sickness, death and pain: Nothing can hurt you unless you give it the power to do so. Yet you give power as the laws of this world interpret giving; as you give you lose. It is not up to you to give power at all. Power is of God, given by Him and reawakened by the Holy Spirit, Who knows that as you give you gain. He gives no power to sin, and therefore it has none; nor to its results as this world sees them,--sickness and death and misery and pain. These things have not occurred because the Holy Spirit sees them not, and gives no power to their seeming source. Thus would He keep you free of them. (T-20.IV.1:1-7)
The laws of chaos rule this world we made: The "laws" of chaos can be brought to light, though never understood. Chaotic laws are hardly meaningful, and therefore out of reason's sphere. Yet they appear to be an obstacle to reason and to truth. Let us, then, look upon them calmly, that we may look beyond them, understanding what they are, not what they would maintain. It is essential it be understood what they are for, because it is their purpose to make meaningless, and to attack the truth. Here are the laws that rule the world you made. And yet they govern nothing, and need not be broken; merely looked upon and gone beyond. (T-23.II.1:all)
Through forgiveness we can release ourselves and our brothers from the laws of this world we made: Futility of function not fulfilled will haunt you while your brother lies asleep, till what has been assigned to you is done and he is risen from the past. He who condemned himself, and you as well, is given you to save from condemnation, along with you. And both shall see God's glory in His Son, whom you mistook as flesh, and bound to laws that have no power over him at all. Would you not gladly realize these laws are not for you? Then see him [your brother] not as prisoner to them. It cannot be what governs part of God holds not for all the rest. You place yourself under the laws you see as ruling him. Think, then, how great the Love of God for you must be, that He has given you a part of Him to save from pain and give you happiness. (T-24.VI.9:3-5) & (T-24.VI.10:1-5)
The laws and values of this unreal world we made can also be undone by us individually: Salvation is no more than a reminder this world is not your home. Its laws are not imposed on you, its values are not yours. And nothing that you think you see in it is really there at all. This is seen and understood as each one takes his part in its undoing, as he did in making it. (T-25.VI.6:1-4)
Confusion, shift and change are basic laws of this world: Confusion follows on confusion here [in this world], for on confusion has this world been based, and there is nothing else it rests upon. Its basis does not change, although it seems to be in constant change. Yet what is that except the state confusion really means? Stability to those who are confused is meaningless, and shift and change become the law on which they predicate their lives. (T-29.II.6:3-6)
The laws of the Real world of Love are unaffected by the laws of this unreal world: The dream of judgment is a children's game, in which the child becomes the father, powerful, but with the little wisdom of a child. What hurts him is destroyed; what helps him, blessed. Except he judges this as does a child, who does not know what hurts and what will heal. And bad things seem to happen, and he is afraid of all the chaos in a world he thinks is governed by the laws he made. Yet is the real world unaffected by the world he thinks is real. Nor have its laws been changed because he does not understand. (T-29.IX.6:4-9)
The laws of time, space, distance and limits in this world are reversed by our recognition of our holiness as Sons of God: Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it establishes you as a Son of God, at one with the Mind of his Creator. (W-pI.38.1:all)
The false ego-identity parts of our minds obey this world's laws, but our True Selves are in constant communication with God: It is quite possible to listen to God's Voice all through the day without interrupting your regular activities in any way. The part of your mind in which truth abides is in constant communication with God, whether you are aware of it or not. It is the other part of your mind that functions in the world and obeys the world's laws. It is this part that is constantly distracted, disorganized and highly uncertain. (W-pI.49.1:all)
The laws of this unreal world include the laws of money, medicine, economics and health, but there are no laws except the laws of God: You really think that you would starve unless you have stacks of green paper strips and piles of metal discs. You really think a small round pellet or some fluid pushed into your veins through a sharpened needle will ward off disease and death. You really think you are alone unless another body is with you. It is insanity that thinks these things. You call them laws, and put them under different names in a long catalogue of rituals that have no use and serve no purpose. You think you must obey the "laws" of medicine, of economics and of health. Protect the body, and you will be saved. These are not laws, but madness. The body is endangered by the mind that hurts itself. The body suffers just in order that the mind will fail to see it is the victim of itself. The body's suffering is a mask the mind holds up to hide what really suffers. It would not understand it is its own enemy; that it attacks itself and wants to die. It is from this your "laws" would save the body. It is for this you think you are a body. There are no laws except the laws of God. (W-pI.76.3:2-4) & (W-pI.76.4:all) & (W-pI.76.5:all) & (W-pI.76.6:1)
The laws of this unreal world also include the laws of nutrition, immunization, medication, bodily-protections, friendship, good relationships, reciprocity and distinctions between what is God's and what is ours: We will begin the longer practice periods today with a short review of the different kinds of "laws" we have believed we must obey. These would include, for example, the "laws" of nutrition, of immunization, of medication, and of the body's protection in innumerable ways. Think further; you believe in the "laws" of friendship, of "good" relationships and reciprocity. Perhaps you even think that there are laws which set forth what is God's and what is yours. Many "religions" have been based on this. They would not save but damn in Heaven's name. Yet they are no more strange than other "laws" you hold must be obeyed to make you safe. There are no laws but God's. (W-pI.76.8:all) & (W-pI.76.9:1)
Miracles do not obey our laws, they follow from the laws of God: Miracles do not obey the laws of this world. They merely follow from the laws of God. (W-pI.77.4:4-5)
Although we believe in our laws and give them power over us, we have to realize we are free of the effects of all laws save God's Whose laws are Freedom: I am constantly tempted to make up other laws and give them power over me. I suffer only because of my belief in them. They have no real effect on me at all. I am perfectly free of the effects of all laws save God's. And His are the laws of freedom. (W-pI.rII.88.3:4-8)
All our laws in this world of darkness and death violate the Truth of what Love is: No law 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 love's Voice [the Holy Spirit]. (W-pI.127.5:all) & (W-pI.127.6:1-3)
By obeying the laws of this world we imprison ourselves in a world of sin from which we are too frail to escape: 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 nor my Self. (W-pII.278.1:1-3)
As teachers of God we learn this world need not be governed by the laws we made up; we can exchange the ego's laws for God's and, through forgiveness, look out on a safe Real world of Love: This is the foundation on which their ability to fulfill their function rests. Perception is the result of learning. In fact, perception is learning, because cause and effect are never separated. The teachers of God have trust in the world, because they have learned it is not governed by the laws the world made up. It is governed by a Power That is in them but not of them. It is this Power That keeps all things safe. It is through this Power that the teachers of God look on a forgiven world. (M-4.I.1:all)
According to the laws of this world we believe we have enemies but an enemy is but a symbol of the imprisoned Christ in us and our brother: At this level also comes that curious contradiction in terms known as "praying for one's enemies." The contradiction lies not in the actual words, but rather in the way in which 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 of an imprisoned Christ. And who could He be except yourself? The prayer for enemies thus becomes a prayer for your own freedom. (S-1.II.4:all) & (S-1.II.5:1-3)
lawns: Our secret "sins" and hidden hates prevent us from
moving rapidly along our spiritual paths; our secret "sins" and hidden
hates also conceal the loveliness of the lawns of Heaven from our spiritual
Of course there are no actual lawns at Heaven's gate of Peace. The Course often uses such metaphors and analogies so we separated ones can more easily understand the real (but abstract) spiritual concepts behind the words. Anyway, the words in human languages are almost entirely based on concrete concepts and metaphors even when we know their meanings are often abstract. The word "concrete" itself is such a metaphor. We "jump" to conclusions, and we "open" or "close" our minds. Even the phrase "spiritual path" is a metaphor. In the next paragraph I have put quotation marks around other similar words.
Once we "place" our future in the metaphorical "Hands" of God and decide to "bring" our brothers with us along the "path" (or as we "climb" the "ladder" with them) to Heaven's "gate," the "journey" will be "short." As we place our "foot" on the "lawns" of Heaven we reach a "quiet place" of peace where we await the final "step" of God. Faith in our "goal" of remembering God and the relinquishment of all "idols" are two more prerequisites for "reaching" the "lawns" of Heaven. Spiritually-oriented prayer and meditation are other important factors in our "ascension" up the "ladder" or "stairway" to Heaven, a goal that God has ordained we will reach.
leader(s): The Course reminds us that we are all leaders and
followers. Moreover, we often alternate between the two, sometimes leading a
brother and then, in an exchange of roles, sometimes following him. Our role of
follower or leader can be concurrent as when we follow one person (for example,
a boss) even as we simultaneously lead another (such as a subordinate). One
spouse may follow the other, even as he or she leads their children. In one kind
of special relationship situation a husband may lead a wife while in another
situation the wife may lead the husband.
In the Course section (T-31.II) dealing with leaders and followers Jesus tells us that we should be neither leaders or followers because both are ego roles that depend on perceived differences. He states that, whenever we insist on leading or following, we walk alone in the darkness, staggering backward and forward in confusion. This is the way of anger, fear and death. In this respect we need to distinguish clearly between the dominant leadership roles of the ego, and being tender teachers who help others along their path when requested to do so. Similarly we must distinguish between the subservient roles of followers, and being willing, voluntary students who happily learn the Loving lessons of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, because we are all equal Sons of God we walk alongside all our brothers on the sure and safe road that leads to Heaven. We hear only the messages of the Holy Spirit (as given in the Course) Who holds the light for us as He guides us with certainty through each step of the journey Home.
lean: There are several beautiful passages in the
how God Himself will "lean down" to us and raise us up to Heaven once
we let go of deceit, attack and grievances, and receive His gift of Grace.
This requires the complete forgiveness of all our brothers, a healing act on our part which involves choosing a miracle in place of murder. Note that the Course states that any attacking behavior (even if it is only in our minds) is a form of murder. Forgiveness is the prerequisite of Loving Oneness which is the pure state of Mind that will occur when God takes His final step of waking us up within His One Mind where all Creation has its Being.
Yet you can learn the truth about yourself from the Holy Spirit, Who will teach you that, as part of God, deceit in you is impossible. When you perceive yourself without deceit, you will accept the real world in place of the false one you have made. And then your Father will lean down to you and take the last step for you, by raising you unto Himself. (T-11.VIII.15:3-5)
When the temptation to attack rises to make your mind darkened and murderous, remember you can see the battle from above. Even in forms you do not recognize, the signs you know. There is a stab of pain, a twinge of guilt, and above all, a loss of peace. This you know well. When they occur leave not your place on high, but quickly choose a miracle instead of murder. And God Himself and all the lights of Heaven will gently lean to you, and hold you up. For you have chosen to remain where He would have you, and no illusion can attack the peace of God together with His Son. (T-23.IV.6:all)
leap: The ego not only tells us that "heaven" is here and
now in this bleak little world, but also that hell is here as well, and,
furthermore, we can only escape from this hell by leaping into oblivion. Of course
all this is insane nonsense that the ego uses to keep us dangling and
dancing in a world it made after our separation from God.
However, we can free ourselves from the chains and prison-house into which the ego binds us. This release is gradual because long-term exhausted prisoners do not leap up the instant they are released. But as they become stronger in Light and Love they discover that miracles leap into their right-minded awareness. We can realize we no longer need the ego's dark clouds of separation or its wish to attack, judge, blame and kill.
Once we willingly let go the ego's false "will" and accept we are ministers of God, our Creator's gifts to us will leap into our hands and our awareness. There is now only one small step to go; once we can say unequivocally that "God's Will is mine" we will be filled with Joy and leap into Heaven and the Presence of our Father. What God Wills for Himself he also Wills for us and gives it freely.
learn, learner: There are well over 500 quotations containing the word "learn" and its derivatives. Therefore only examples of each significant idea or topic about learning are summarized as headings and introductory remarks to the selected quotations listed below. Because these headings and summary comments are self-explanatory there is no need to repeat them here. (See: unlearn, right-mindedness)
THE BODY DOES NOT LEARN
The body does not learn or create: It should be emphasized again that the body does not learn any more than it creates. (T-2.V.6:1)
The mind can bring its illumination to the body: The mind, however, can bring its illumination to the body by recognizing that it is not the learner, and is therefore unamenable to learning. (T-2.V.6:5)
WHAT THE EGO HAS LEARNED
The ego teaches us to learn how not to learn about God and His curriculum (the Course): If you are trying to learn how not to learn, and the aim of your teaching is to defeat itself, what can you expect but confusion? Such a curriculum does not make sense. (T-12.V.7:5-6)
Learn that the ego's curriculum that we have tried to learn is ridiculous: But perhaps you do not realize, even yet, that there is something you want to learn, and that you can learn it because it is your choice to do so. You who have tried to learn what you do not want should take heart, for although the curriculum you set yourself is depressing indeed, it is merely ridiculous if you look at it. (T-12.V.7:11) & (T-12.V.8:1)
In this world of ego we learn the laws of death: For this world is the symbol of punishment, and all the laws that seem to govern it are the laws of death. Children are born into it through pain and in pain. Their growth is attended by suffering, and they learn of sorrow and separation and death. (T-13.IN.2:4-6)
The ego believes that sacrifice is (false) love, but sacrifice actually brings guilt: You who believe that sacrifice is love must learn that sacrifice is separation from [Real] love. For sacrifice brings guilt as surely as [Real] love brings peace. (T-15.XI.4:1-2)
Learn that our fear of death is its main attraction because, as egos, we are fascinated by death (watch almost any movie, the news, or read almost any book): Yet you must learn still more about this strange devotion, for it contains the third obstacle that peace must flow across. No one can die unless he chooses death. What seems to be the fear of death is really its attraction. (T-19.IV.C.1:3-5)
Learn the cause of the world we see is our attack thoughts: If the cause of the world you see is attack thoughts, you must learn that it is these thoughts which you do not want. (W-pI.23.2:1)
When you finally learn that thoughts of attack and of being attacked are not different, you will be ready to let the cause go. (W-pI.23.7:5)
WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN TO UNDO THE EGO
The ego is unbelievable and cannot be believed: The ego can be completely forgotten at any time, because it is a totally incredible belief, and 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. (T-7.VIII.6:2-3)
Question every value and belief you hold; nothing this world of ego believes is real: To learn this Course requires willingness to question every value that you hold. Not one can be kept hidden and obscure but it will jeopardize your learning. (T-24.IN.2:1-2)
Learn we cannot provide our own proper learning conditions, but the Holy Spirit can: Under the proper learning conditions, which you can neither provide nor understand, you will become an excellent learner and an excellent teacher. (T-12.V.8:6)
We can learn the simple things salvation teaches us: You who have taught yourself the Son of God is guilty, say not that you cannot learn the simple things salvation teaches you! (T-31.I.4:6)
Learn that, as egos, we have no Real basis for ordering (organizing) our thoughts: It will seem difficult for you to learn that you have no basis at all for ordering your thoughts. This lesson the Holy Spirit teaches by giving you the shining examples of miracles to show you that your way of ordering is wrong, but that a better way is offered you. (T-14.X.6:1-2)
Learn that the form an upset emotion takes does not matter; as ego they are all meaningless because they are not there; they are from the non-existent past: The upset may seem to be fear, worry, depression, anxiety, anger, hatred, jealousy or any number of forms, all of which will be perceived as different. This is not true. However, until you learn that form does not matter, each form becomes a proper subject for the exercises for the day. Applying the same idea [I am never upset for the reason I think] to each of them separately is the first step in ultimately recognizing they are all the same. (W-pI.5.1:3-6)
What is meaningless is neither good nor bad. Why, then, should a meaningless world upset you? If you could accept the world as meaningless and let the truth be written upon it for you, it would make you indescribably happy. (W-pI.12.5:1-3)
We must learn to forgive this world of "evil" because it is not real or true: If we are using perception to justify our own mistakes--our anger, our impulses to attack, our lack of love in whatever form it may take--we will see a world of evil, destruction, malice, envy and despair. All this we must learn to forgive, not because we are being "good" and "charitable," but because what we are seeing is not true. (T-PRE.6:5-6)
Learn willingly that this world of ego is false and exchange it for the Real World of Love: All that you need to give this [unreal] world away in glad exchange for what you did not make [i.e., the Real World of Love] is willingness to learn the one you made is false. (T-13.VII.4:4)
Learn that all guilt is totally insane, without reason and unreal: The end of guilt will never come as long as you believe there is a reason for it. For you must learn that guilt is always totally insane, and has no reason. (T-13.X.6:2-3)
Learn that guilt is interference, not salvation, and let all guilt go: The happy learner cannot feel guilty about learning. This is so essential to learning that it should never be forgotten. The guiltless learner learns easily because his thoughts are free. Yet this entails the recognition that guilt is interference, not salvation, and serves no useful function at all. (T-14.III.1:all)
Learn that the ego has no power, period: It would not have you see its weakness, and learn it has no power to keep you from the truth. The Guide Who brought you here remains with you, and when you raise your eyes you will be ready to look on terror with no fear at all. But first, lift up your eyes and look on your brother in innocence born of complete forgiveness of his illusions, and through the eyes of faith that sees them not. (T-19.IV.D.8:5-7)
Learn it is a useless waste of time to try to find salvation in any road, place or person other than the Course in combination with the Holy Spirit: 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 answer in the world. (T-31.IV.4:1-3)
With Jesus' help we must learn to correct error and undo it: As you share my [Jesus'] unwillingness to accept error in yourself and others, you must join the great crusade to correct it; listen to my voice, learn to undo error and act to correct it. The power to work miracles belongs to you. I will provide the opportunities to do them, but you must be ready and willing. (T-1.III.1:6-8)
Every good teacher hopes to give his students so much of his own learning that they will one day no longer need him. This is the one true goal of the teacher. (T-4.I.5:1-2)
We must learn the cost of sleeping to awaken to the Real World: When you have seen this real world, as you will surely do, you will remember Us. Yet you must learn the cost of sleeping, and refuse to pay it. Only then will you decide to awaken. And then the real world will spring to your sight, for Christ has never slept. (T-12.VI.5:1-4)
Learn the past has never been and the future is needless: Accepting the Atonement teaches you what immortality is, for by accepting your guiltlessness you learn that the past has never been, and so the future is needless and will not be. (T-13.I.9:1)
Learn to look on Everyone without the shadow of the past: When you have learned to look on everyone with no reference at all to the past, either his or yours as you perceived it, you will be able to learn from what you see now. For the past can cast no shadow to darken the present, unless you are afraid of light. (T-13.VI.2:3-4)
Learn to give your past away to the Holy Spirit because the past is nothing: Let me learn to give the past away, realizing that in so doing I am giving up nothing. (W-pI.rI.52.3:6)
All forms of rejection and separation are meaningless: Each one [of us] must learn to teach that all forms of rejection are meaningless. The separation is the notion of rejection. As long as you teach this you will believe it. This is not as God thinks, and you must think as He thinks if you are to know Him again. (T-6.I.18:3-6)
Our egos learn what they are from what they have projected onto others: Outside the Kingdom, the law that prevails inside is adapted to "What you project you believe." This is its teaching form, because outside the Kingdom learning is essential. This form implies that you will learn what you are from what you have projected onto others, and therefore believe they are. (T-7.II.3:1-3)
Learn that we only blame our brothers for what we did to them: Yet think on this, and learn the cause of faithlessness: You think you hold against your brother what he has done to you. But what you really blame him for is what you did to him. It is not his past but yours you hold against him. And you lack faith in him because of what you were. Yet you are as innocent of what you were as he is. What never was is causeless, and is not there to interfere with truth. (T-17.VII.8:1-6)
Learn that trials are but lessons we have failed to learn because we made a faulty choice: Trials are but lessons that 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 that what you chose before has brought to you. In every difficulty, all distress, and each perplexity Christ calls to you and gently says, "My brother, choose again." (T-31.VIII.3:1-2)
Once we learn to forgive others for our belief in their illusions, we learn that we have been forgiven our illusions about ourselves: Release your brothers from the slavery of their illusions by forgiving them for the illusions [all in yourself] you perceive in them. Thus will you learn that you have been forgiven, for it is you who offered them illusions. In the holy instant this is done for you in time, to bring you the true condition of Heaven. (T-16.VII.9:5-7)
We can learn to deny the ego's insanity and find peace: You who know not what you do can learn what insanity is, and look beyond it. It is given you to learn how to deny insanity, and come forth from your private world in peace. (T-13.V.7:6-7)
Learn we need no special relationships of any kind at all: Hear Him gladly, and learn of Him that you have need of no special relationships at all. You but seek in them what you have thrown away. And through them you will never learn the value of what [i.e., Love and Truth] you have cast aside, but still desire with all your heart. (T-15.VIII.2:1-3)
Learn we have no need of bodies except for Real Communication: When the body ceases to attract you, and when you place no value on it as a means of getting anything, then there will be no interference in communication and your thoughts will be as free as God's. As you let the Holy Spirit teach you how to use the body only for purposes of communication, and renounce its use for separation and attack which the ego sees in it, you will learn you have no need of a body at all. In the holy instant there are no bodies, and you experience only the attraction of God. (T-15.IX.7:1-3)
Learn that Love is letting go of fear: What seems to be the fear of God is really the fear of your own reality [i.e., a Son of God]. It is impossible to learn anything consistently in a state of panic. If the purpose of this Course is to help you remember what you are, and if you believe that what you are is fearful, then it must follow that you will not learn this Course. Yet the reason for the Course is that you do not know what you are. (T-9.I.2:2-5)
Learn that fear is not real and has no effects: What is healing but the removal of all that stands in the way of knowledge? And how else can one dispel illusions except by looking at them directly, without protecting them? Be not afraid, therefore, for what you will be looking at is the source of fear, and you are beginning to learn that fear is not real. You are also learning that its effects can be dispelled merely by denying their reality. The next step is obviously to recognize that what has no effects does not exist. Laws do not operate in a vacuum, and what leads to nothing has not happened. (T-11.V.2:1-6)
Learn that the darkness of the ego (which is nothing) has no power over us as Sons of God: By giving power to nothing, he throws away the joyous opportunity to learn that nothing has no power. And by not dispelling darkness, he became afraid of darkness and of light. The joy of learning that darkness has no power over the Son of God is the happy lesson the Holy Spirit teaches, and would have you teach with Him. (T-14.III.6:4-6)
We must learn that it is our lack of understanding Reality that frightens us: For fear lies not in reality, but in the minds of children who do not understand reality. It is only their lack of understanding that frightens them, and when they learn to perceive truly they are not afraid. (T-11.VIII.14:4-5)
Learn that what we gain spiritually is given unto Everyone: 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. (W-pII.319.1:4-6)
Learn we do not Really Understand anything until we pass the test of perfect Peace: Those who remember always that they know nothing, and who have become willing to learn everything, will learn it. But whenever they trust themselves, they will not learn. They have destroyed their motivation for learning by thinking they already know. Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone. (T-14.XI.12:1-4)
Learn to ask the Truth without fear and be released from fear: Nothing of God will enslave His Son whom He created free and whose freedom is protected by His Being. Blessed are you who are willing to ask the truth of God without fear, for only thus can you learn that His answer is the release from fear. (T-11.VIII.7:6-7)
Learn to supply the loss of Love in yourself and especially in others: Fear is a symptom of your own deep sense of loss [of Love]. If when you perceive it in others you learn to supply the loss [of Love], the basic cause of fear is removed. Thereby you teach yourself that fear does not exist in you. The means for removing it [fear] is in yourself, and you have demonstrated this by giving it. Fear and love are the only emotions of which you are capable. (T-12.I.9:1-5)
Learn that all fearful defenses by egos are appeals for Love: If you would look upon [Real] love, which is the world's reality, how could you do better than to recognize, in every defense [by fear] against it, the underlying appeal for it? And how could you better learn of its reality than by answering the appeal for it [Love] by giving it? (T-12.I.10:1-2)
Learn that those (yourself and others) who have failed to learn Love need teaching, not attack: Yet those who have failed to learn need teaching, not attack. To attack those who have need of teaching is to fail to learn from them. (T-14.V.5:7-8)
Learn to recognize that, as ego, you are miserable, and do not pretend to be happy: The Holy Spirit needs a happy learner, in whom His mission can be happily accomplished. You who are steadfastly devoted to misery must first recognize that you are miserable and not happy. (T-14.II.1:1-2)
Learn that you are not little, but a Son of God: There is a deep responsibility you owe yourself, and one you must learn to remember all the time. The lesson [of denying your littleness] may seem hard at first, but you will learn to love it when you realize that it [your magnitude as a Son of God] is true and is but a tribute to your power. (T-15.III.3:1-2)
We must learn to accept Jesus unequivocally and the Holy Instant will be ours: I [Jesus] stand within the holy instant, as clear as you would have me. And the extent to which you learn to accept me is the measure of the time in which the holy instant will be yours. I call to you to make the holy instant yours at once, for the release from littleness in the mind of the host of God depends on willingness, and not on time. (T-15.IV.5:all)
Listen to the Holy Spirit to remember we are Sons of God: God has given you the means for undoing what you have made. Listen, and you will learn how to remember what you are. If God knows His children as wholly sinless, it is blasphemous to perceive them as guilty. (T-10.V.11:6-7) & (T-10.V.12:1)
Learn that neither God or the Holy Spirit ask or demand anything of us: You may be afraid of His [the Holy Spirit's] specificity, for fear of what you think it will demand of you. Yet only by asking will you learn that nothing of God demands anything of you. God gives; He does not take. (T-11.VIII.5:7-9)
Learn that death is not of God, but learn He gave us Eternal Life in His Mind: Behold the Guide your Father gave you, that you might learn you have eternal life. For death is not your Father's Will nor yours, and whatever is true is the Will of the Father. (T-12.IV.6:1-2)
WHAT FACILITATES LEARNING?
The purpose of time: The purpose of time is to enable you to learn how to use time constructively. It is thus a teaching device and a means to an end. Time will cease when it is no longer useful in facilitating learning. (T-1.I.15:2-4)
There is no need to learn through pain; rather learn the Course without judging it: There is no need to learn through pain. And gentle lessons are acquired joyously, and are remembered gladly. What gives you happiness you want to learn and not forget. It is not this you would deny. Your question is whether the means by which this Course is learned will bring to you the joy it promises. If you believed it would, the learning of it would be no problem. You are not a happy learner yet because you still remain uncertain that vision gives you more than judgment does, and you have learned that both you cannot have. (T-21.I.3:all)
Learn that only a little willingness is required to learn this Course happily: We have repeated how little is asked of you to learn this Course. (T-21.II.1:1)
Ask: What is the purpose of our learning? In all these diversionary tactics [by the ego], however, the one question that is never asked by those who pursue them is, "What for?" This is the question that you must learn to ask in connection with everything. What is the purpose? (T-4.V.6:7-9)
Correct and learn, and be open to learning from the Holy Spirit: He [the Holy Spirit] must work through opposites, because He 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. (T-5.III.11:3-6)
As we teach Love and Light, so shall we learn Love and Light: As I [Jesus] have said before, "As you teach so shall you learn." (T-6.I.6:1)
When we teach Love and Peace we learn Love and Peace: Since you cannot not teach, your salvation lies in teaching the exact opposite of everything the ego believes. This is how you will learn the truth that will set you free, and will keep you free as others learn it of you. The only way to have peace is to teach peace. By teaching peace you must learn it yourself, because you cannot teach what you still dissociate. Only thus can you win back the knowledge that you threw away. An idea that you share you must have. It awakens in your mind through the conviction of teaching it. Everything you teach you are learning. Teach only love, and learn that love is yours and you are love. (T-6.III.4:all)
We need to make an effort to learn what the Holy Spirit teaches: All you need do is make the effort to learn, for the Holy Spirit has a unified goal for the effort. (T-7.IV.3:5)
All things that happen to us are lessons God would have us learn: 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 holy Son in any way. (W-pI.193.8:6) & (W-pI.193.9:1-2)
Learn that the Holy Spirit is the Answer: I [Jesus] said before 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. Yet you can learn this as you learn to question the value of the ego, and thus establish your ability to evaluate its questions. (T-8.IX.1:1-4)
Learn to believe in all our brothers as Jesus believes in all of us: Believe in your brothers because I [Jesus] 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 only truth of them. (T-9.II.8:1-3)
As we teach the At-one-ment, we will learn the At-one-ment: My [Jesus'] 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 forsake yourself and God if you forsake any of your brothers. You must learn to see them as they are, and understand they belong to God as you do. (T-5.IV.6:3-7)
With the Holy Spirit's help we can learn from the experiences of others: When you hear only one Voice you are never called on to sacrifice. On the contrary, by being able to hear the Holy Spirit in others you can learn from their experiences, and can gain from them without experiencing them directly yourself. (T-6.I.10:4-5)
The hardest lesson for us to learn is that the Truth is True: The Holy Spirit, seeing where you are but knowing you are elsewhere, begins His lesson in simplicity with the fundamental teaching that truth is true. This is the hardest lesson you will ever learn, and in the end the only one. Simplicity is very difficult for twisted minds. (T-14.II.2:1-3)
But the Fact that "the Truth is True" can be the easiest lesson to learn: When you teach anyone that truth is true, you learn it with him. And so you learn that what seemed hardest was the easiest. Learn to be a happy learner. You will never learn how to make nothing everything. (T-14.II.5:1-4)
We will awaken in God by choosing to help the Holy Spirit awaken others: 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 chosen to wake them, their gratitude and their appreciation of what you have given them will teach you its value. (T-9.VI.5:1-3)
Learn to be quiet in the midst of the ego's turmoil: Learn to be quiet in the midst of turmoil, for quietness is the end of strife and this is the journey to peace. Look straight at every image that rises to delay you, for the goal is inevitable because it is eternal. The goal of love is but your right, and it belongs to you despite your dreams. (T-12.II.5:5-7)
Learn to practice the timeless Holy Instant: Start now to practice your little part in separating out the holy instant. You will receive very specific instructions as you go along. To learn to separate out this single second, and to experience it as timeless, is to begin to experience yourself as not separate. (T-15.II.6:1-3)
WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN TO ACHIEVE RIGHT-MINDEDNESS
Learn we are indebted to Jesus and all our brothers: The term "holy" can be used here because, as you learn how much you are indebted to the whole Sonship [your brothers], which includes me [Jesus], you come as close to [True] knowledge as perception can. The gap is then so small that [True] knowledge can easily flow across it and obliterate it forever. (T-4.VI.2:4-5)
We must learn infinite patience with ourselves and our brothers: Now you must learn that only infinite patience produces immediate effects. This is the way in which time is exchanged for eternity. Infinite patience calls upon infinite love, and by producing results now it renders time unnecessary. (T-5.VI.12:1-3)
To have, give all to all; to have peace, teach peace to learn it: It must, however, be insane to believe that 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, since having and being are still not equated. (T-6.V.B.7:2-5) & (T-6.V.B.8:1)
Learn without judgment, perceive without judgment, and teach without judgment: The Holy Spirit does not teach you to judge others, because He does not want you to teach error and learn it yourself. 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 the mind so it can perceive without judgment. This enables the mind to teach without judgment, and therefore to learn to be without judgment. The undoing is necessary only in your mind, so that you will not project, instead of extend. (T-6.V.C.2:1-5)
Learn to hand over all errors of yourself and your brother to the Holy Spirit: 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? (T-9.III.5:1-5)
Learning to forgive Everyone is our only function: Ask not to be forgiven, for this has already been accomplished. Ask, rather, to learn how to forgive, and to restore what always was to your unforgiving mind. Atonement becomes real and visible to those who use it. On earth this is your only function, and you must learn that it is all you want to learn. (T-14.IV.3:4-7)
Learn to be innocent of all judgment thus freeing yourself and your brother: Be innocent of judgment, unaware of any thoughts of evil or of good that ever crossed your mind of anyone. Now do you know him not. But you are free to learn of him, and learn of him anew. Now is he born again to you, and you are born again to him, without the past that sentenced him to die, and you with him. Now is he free to live as you are free, because an ancient learning passed away, and left a place for truth to be reborn. (T-31.I.13:all)
We must learn that all our brothers are co-creators with us: 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 co-creator with God until you learn that your brother is co-creator with you. (T-9.VI.7:8-9)
Learn to replace anger, malice and revenge with gratitude because we have been given Everything by God: Today we learn to think of gratitude in place of anger, malice and revenge. We have been given everything. (W-pI.195.9:1-2)
Learn to accept God's True message from Jesus and offer peace to everyone: I [Jesus] 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, and offer them perfect freedom from all illusions because you heard His Voice. (T-10.III.8:1-2)
Learn to see the True Reality of all God's Creations: If God created His Son perfect, that is how you must learn to see him to learn of his [True] reality. And as part of the Sonship, that is how you must see yourself to learn of 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. (T-10.V.12:5-6) & (T-10.V.13:1-2)
We must learn to give Love without limit, to learn what God has given us: Could any part of God be without His Love, and could any part of His Love be contained? God is your heritage, because His one gift is Himself. How can you give except like Him if you would know His gift to you? Give, then, without limit and without end, to learn how much He has given you. Your ability to accept Him depends on your willingness to give as He gives. (T-11.I.7:1-5)
WHAT MUST TEACHERS OF GOD LEARN?
As teachers of God we learn as we teach: When he is ready to learn, the opportunities to teach will be provided for him. (M-2.1:7)
There is no one from whom a teacher of God cannot learn, so there is no one whom he cannot teach. However, from a practical point of view he cannot meet everyone, nor can everyone find him. Therefore, the plan includes very specific contacts to be made for each teacher of God. There are no accidents in salvation. Those who are to meet will meet, because together they have the potential for a holy relationship. (M-3.1:3-7)
We cannot learn if we judge those we teach, or our teachers: Judgment destroys honesty and shatters trust. No teacher of God can judge and hope to learn. (M-4.III.1:10-11)
Learn that harmfulness (any and all attack) obliterates the function of the teacher of God: No teacher of God but must learn,--and fairly early in his training,--that harmfulness completely obliterates his function from his awareness. It will make him confused, fearful, angry and suspicious. It will make the Holy Spirit's lessons impossible to learn. (M-4.IV.1:8-10)
Teacher and student will learn the most they are able: Each teaching-learning situation is maximal in the sense that each person involved will learn the most that he can from the other person at that time. (M-3.4:1)
Teachers must learn there are no orders of difficulty in forgiveness or miracles: Not one thought of sin will remain the instant any one of them accepts Atonement for himself. It is not easier to forgive one sin than to forgive all of them. The illusion of orders of difficulty is an obstacle the teacher of God must learn to pass by and leave behind. One sin perfectly forgiven by one teacher of God can make salvation complete. Can you understand this? No; it is meaningless to anyone here. (M-14.3:4-9)
Teachers must learn to recognize all forms of magic (from anger to medicine) and perceive their meaninglessness: All through his training, every day and every hour, and even every minute and second, must God's teachers learn to recognize the forms of magic and perceive their meaninglessness. Fear is withdrawn from them, and so they go. And thus the gate of Heaven is reopened, and its light can shine again on an untroubled mind. (M-16.11:9-11)
Teachers of God must learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and speak as they hear: The teacher of God must, however, learn to use words in a new way. Gradually, he learns how to let his words be chosen for him by ceasing to decide for himself what he will say. This process is merely a special case of the lesson in the workbook that says, "I will step back and let Him lead the way." The teacher of God accepts the words which are offered him, and gives as he receives. He does not control the direction of his speaking. He listens and hears and speaks. (M-21.4:4-9)
WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN TO WAKE UP IN THE MIND OF GOD
Learn to be very quiet and still to hear the Voice of God (the Holy Spirit): Learn to be quiet, for His Voice is heard in stillness. (M-15.2:12)
Learn to generalize Love by giving it to Everyone in all situations: Love transfers to love without any interference, for the two are one. As you perceive more and more common elements in all situations, the transfer of training under the Holy Spirit's guidance increases and becomes generalized. Gradually you learn to apply it to everyone and everything, for its applicability is universal. When this has been accomplished, perception and knowledge have become so similar that they share the unification of the laws of God. (T-12.VI.6:4-7)
Learn that giving and receiving Love are the same: To learn that giving and receiving are the same has special usefulness, because it can be tried so easily and seen as true. And when this special case has proved it always works, in every circumstance where it is tried, the thought behind it can be generalized to other areas of doubt and double vision. And from there it will extend, and finally arrive at the one Thought [of Loving Oneness] which underlies them all. (W-pI.108.6:all)
To hear God, first Love all your brothers who are God's Creations: God will come to you only as you will give Him [Lovingly] to your brothers. Learn first of them [by Loving them] and you will be ready to hear God. That is because the function of Love is one. (T-4.VI.8:4-6)
Learn the joyous lesson there is no Love but God's Whose Love we all share: 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. (W-pI.127.12:4-5)
Learn you are your brother's savior and that he is yours because this is Love's plan: You are your brother's savior. He is yours. Reason speaks happily indeed of this. This gracious plan was given love by Love. And what Love plans is like Itself in this: Being united, It would have you learn what you must be. And being one with It, it must be given you to give what It has given, and gives still. (T-21.VI.9:1-6)
Love Everything God Created to learn the Peace of God: Rest in His Love and protect your rest by loving. But love everything He created, of which you are a 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. (T-7.VII.6:4-6)
Love your Self and learn of God's Love for you: To love yourself [as Self] is to heal yourself [as ego], and you cannot perceive part of you as sick and achieve your goal. Brother [says Jesus], we heal together as we live together and love together. Be not deceived in God's Son, for he is one with himself and one with his Father. Love him who is beloved of his Father, and you will learn of the Father's Love for you. (T-11.VIII.11:3-6)
Learn God's Sons are equal as learners: The Holy Spirit is in you in a very literal sense. His is the Voice That calls you back to where you were before and will be again. 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 [Jesus] learned, and God's Sons are as equal as learners as they are as sons. You are the Kingdom of Heaven, but you have let the belief in darkness enter your mind and so you need a new light. (T-5.II.3:7-11) & (T-5.II.4:1)
Learn to make Christ manifest as your Self in yourself: And would eternal life have been given me [Jesus] of the Father unless He had also given it to you? When you learn to make me manifest [in yourself as the Christ-Self], you will never see death. (T-12.VII.15:4-5)
Learn to protect the emerging Christ child in your mind: Christ is reborn [in each of us] as but a little Child [the emerging Christ-Self] each time a wanderer [we who are separated] would leave his [Real] home. For he [each of us who wander] must learn that what he would protect is but this Child, Who comes defenseless and Who is protected by defenselessness. Go home [to Heaven] with Him from time to time today. (W-pI.182.10:1-3)
We must learn to think with God and like Him: I [Jesus] said before that you must learn to think with God. To think with Him is to think like Him. (T-5.V.4:5-6)
We learn to remember God as we learn of our Wholeness in Him: By healing you learn of wholeness, and by learning of wholeness you learn to remember God. (T-7.IV.4:3)
Each part you remember adds to your wholeness because each part is whole. Wholeness is indivisible, but you cannot learn of your wholeness until you see it everywhere. You can know yourself only as God knows His Son, for knowledge is shared with God. (T-9.VI.4:5-7)
Learn that we need do nothing but accept our Selves, because God has done all that need be done (including the At-one-ment): 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. (W-pII.337.1:5-6)
Learn to understand your Selfhood as Mind, by understanding how God gives of His Self as Mind: It is through us that peace will come. Join me in the idea of peace, for in ideas minds can communicate. If you would give yourself as your Father gives His Self, you will learn to understand Selfhood. And therein is love's meaning understood. But remember that understanding is of the mind, and only of the mind. (T-15.VI.7:1-5)
We must learn that our Real Minds are changeless Minds within the Mind of God [in this respect the ego is a false dream in the mind, but the ego is not Mind]: That is because, by changing his mind, he has changed the most powerful device that was ever given him 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 places you in a position of needing to learn a lesson that seems contradictory;--you must learn to change your mind about your mind. Only by this can you learn that it is changeless. (T-7.V.7:6-9)
Learn that God created you as part of Him, as Mind within His Mind: God wills you learn what always has been true: That He created you as part of Him, and this must still be true because ideas leave not their source. (T-26.VII.13:2)
Learn that we are Light and Mind has no limits: Ask for light and learn that you are light. If you want understanding and enlightenment you will learn it, because your decision to learn it is the 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 mind [as God created it]. (T-8.III.1:3-5)
What God has willed for us is ours: 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 [Jesus], and free the holy will of all those who are as blessed as you are. (T-8.VI.10:all)
We need to learn to want our True function of Creating in Eternity: 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 that, but you do need to learn to want it. For that all learning was made. This is the Holy Spirit's use of an ability that you do not need, but that you made. Give it to Him! You do not understand how to use it. He will teach you how to see yourself without condemnation, by learning how to look on everything without it. (T-9.III.8:3-10)
Learn of the Greater Light by seeing the little Spark in everyone, including your Self: 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. Yet God has kept the spark alive so that 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. (T-10.IV.7:5-6) & (T-10.IV.8:1-4)
Learn to see with True Vision at the inner altar of the At-one-ment: Yet Christ has placed the Atonement on the altar for you. Bring your perceptions of the world to this altar, for it is the altar to truth. There you will see your vision changed, and there you will learn to see truly. From this place, where God and His Son dwell in peace and where you are welcome, you will look out in peace and behold the world truly. (T-12.III.10:5-8)
As Sons of God we learn from our own Christ Selves: As you learn, your gratitude to your Self, Who teaches you what He is, will grow and help you honor Him. And you will learn His power and strength and purity, and love Him as His Father does. His Kingdom has no limits and no end, and there is nothing in Him that is not perfect and eternal. All this is you, and nothing outside of this is you. (T-16.III.7:5-8)
Learn there is nothing outside you as a Son of God, and all the nothingness we made here in the dream does not exist anywhere: There is nothing outside you. That is what you must ultimately learn, for it is the realization that the Kingdom of Heaven is restored to you. For God created only this, and He did not depart from it nor leave it separate from Himself. The Kingdom of Heaven is the dwelling place of the Son of God, who left not his Father and dwells not apart from Him. Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this oneness, and nothing else within. (T-18.VI.1:all)
In God's Presence learn to feel the Joy of Real Life in Him: [Into God's Presence I would enter now.] Today you learn to feel the joy of life. (W-pI.157.1:6)
Today, learn of God His Law of Universal Maximal Love: Today I learn the law of love; that what I give my brother is my gift to me. (W-pII.344.Heading)
Today we forget all things except God's Love and learn we are at Peace: For we will learn today what peace is ours, when we forget all things except God's Love. (W-pII.346.2:2)
DO WE NEED TO LEARN AFTER WE ARE AWAKE IN THE MIND OF GOD?
The eternally Creative have nothing to learn: The ability to learn has no value when change is no longer necessary. The eternally creative have nothing to learn. (T-2.II.5:4-5)
Your true worth as a Son of God is established by God: Your worth is not established by teaching or learning. Your worth is established by God. (T-4.I.7:1-2)
less: The quotations below have been selected in order to emphasize
important ideas from the Course. The first quotation explains that miracles are
performed by those beings (in bodies or not) who have more access to
Spiritual resources on behalf of those who have less access to such
sources. As miracles heal us, we all gain more access to Spirit, and are thus in
a position to let Spirit heal others through us. (See: miracles, healing)
The second quotation tells us that while all human beings are not less than God, He is more than us only because He created us and not vice versa. However, God gave us the power to create new beings which we can only do as His resurrected Sons in Heaven. (See: create)
In the third quotation Jesus tells us that God is not willing that we be content with less than Everything, by which Jesus means Waking up in the Heaven of God's Mind and sharing with Him and all God's Sons all God's Attributes--other than self-creation. (See: everything, attributes)
God Loves all beings equally and would never Love one less than another. This fourth quotation also tells us it is God Who defines the Reality of what Love is, not us separated ones who do not know. (See: love)
The fifth quotation points out that one of our major blocks to experiencing the Holy Instant is our false humility that we are unworthy of such an experience. Jesus tells us that we are God's Creations and that God would never create a Son (each of us) who was unworthy because we are the dwelling place of God--even when we are unaware of His Presence within us. (See: unworthy)
This theme is continued in the sixth quotation which affirms God created us in Perfect Love. We are told that all we have to do to be given Heaven is to wish for it wholeheartedly. (See: want, wish)
The last quotation explains that we, as Sons of God, will never be content with less than full salvation, because sooner or later we will repudiate all the sacrifice, loss and guilt we have manufactured for ourselves as egos in this world of separation. (See: salvation)
 Miracles are healing because they supply a lack; they are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less. (T-1.I.8:1)
 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. Everyone 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. God is more than you only because He created you, but not even this would He keep from you. (T-9.VI.3:5-11) & (T-9.VI.4:1)
 The power of God will support every effort you make on behalf of His dear Son. Search for the little, and you deny yourself His power. God is not willing that His Son be content with less than everything. For He is not content without His Son, and His Son cannot be content with less than His Father has given him. (T-15.III.4:8-11)
 The meaning of love is the meaning God gave to it. Give to it any meaning apart from His, and it is impossible to understand it. God loves every brother as He loves you; neither less nor more. He needs them all equally, and so do you. (T-15.V.10:3-6)
 Humility will never ask that you remain content with littleness. But it does require that you be not content with less than greatness that comes not of you. Your difficulty with the holy instant arises from your fixed conviction that you are not worthy of it. And what is this but the determination to be as you would make yourself? God did not create His dwelling place unworthy of Him. (T-18.IV.3:1-5)
 And all you need to do is but to wish that Heaven be given you instead of hell, and every bolt and barrier that seems to hold the door securely barred and locked will merely fall away and disappear. For it is not your Father's Will that you should offer or receive less than He gave, when He created you in perfect love. (T-26.II.8:5-6)
 God's Son could never be content with less than full salvation and escape from guilt. For otherwise he still demands that he must make some sacrifice, and thus denies that everything is his, unlimited by loss of any kind. (T-26.VII.14:4-5)
lesson: There are many key lessons we are encouraged to learn in the
Text, and these are presented below. Students of the Course who wish to refer to
the 365 Workbook lessons should refer to them directly.
The Text quotations listed here are explained individually or in small related groups. For further information about the Course meaning of any word in a quotation please go to the appropriate Miracles Companion key word within that quotation; for example, in the first quotation, if you desired to learn more about "Heaven" you would need to go to the entry "Heaven" by clicking on it in the Miracles Companion Index. (See: learn)
Although, in the separation, special relationships are destructive, selfish and egocentric, the Holy Spirit can, if we are wholly willing, transform them into perfect lessons in forgiveness and in awakening from all dreaming so we will be healed and remember God.
The special relationships of the world are destructive, selfish and childishly egocentric. Yet, if given to the Holy Spirit, these relationships can become the holiest things on earth--the miracles that point the way to the return to Heaven. The world uses its special relationships as a final weapon of exclusion and a demonstration of separateness. The Holy Spirit transforms them into perfect lessons in forgiveness and in awakening from the dream. Each one is an opportunity to let perceptions be healed and errors corrected. Each one is another chance to forgive oneself by forgiving the other. And each one becomes still another invitation to the Holy Spirit and to the remembrance of God. (T-PRE.9:all)
The At-one-ment is the perfect final lesson that we have to learn in order to be released from all errors. The lesson the At-one-ment teaches us is that we are all still God's Innocent Sons, as Innocent as God. Note, too, that Jesus says he was not "punished" (a reference to the crucifixion) because we were bad, by which he means he did not die for our sins. (See: crucifixion)
The Atonement was built into the space-time belief to set a limit on the need for the belief itself, and ultimately to make learning complete. The Atonement is the final lesson. Learning itself, like the classrooms in which it occurs, is temporary. (T-2.II.5:1-3)
I [Jesus] was not "punished" because you were bad. The wholly benign lesson the Atonement teaches is lost if it is tainted with this kind of distortion in any form. (T-3.I.2:10-11)
Innocence is wisdom because it is unaware of evil, and evil does not exist. It is, however, perfectly aware of everything that is true. The resurrection demonstrated that nothing can destroy truth. Good can withstand any form of evil, as light abolishes forms of darkness. The Atonement is therefore the perfect lesson. It is the final demonstration that all the other lessons I [Jesus] taught are true. If you can accept this one generalization now, there will be no need to learn from many smaller lessons. You are released from all errors if you believe this. The innocence of God is the true state of the mind of His Son. (T-3.I.7:4-11) & (T-3.I.8:1)
Jesus states that no perceptions, such as assault, anger or fear, that are out of accord with the Holy Spirit can be justified anywhere, at any time and in any circumstances; this is the lesson Jesus learned and would have us learn. We must teach only Love for that is what we are.
My brothers [says Jesus] and yours are constantly engaged in justifying the unjustifiable. My one lesson, which I [Jesus] must teach as I learned it, is that no perception that is out of accord with the judgment of the Holy Spirit can be justified. I undertook to show this was true in an extreme case [the crucifixion], merely because it would serve as a good teaching aid [about forgiveness and Love] to those whose temptation to give in to anger and assault would not be so extreme. I will with God that none of His Sons should suffer.
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 [Real] knowledge.
The message of the crucifixion is perfectly clear: Teach only [Real] love, for that is what you are. If you interpret the crucifixion in any other way, you are using it as a weapon for assault rather than as the call for peace for which it was intended. (T-6.I.11:4-7) & (T-6.I.12:all) & (T-6.I.13:all) & (T-6.I.14:1)
Every lesson you teach you are learning. That is why you must teach only one lesson. If you are to be conflict-free yourself, you must learn only from the Holy Spirit and teach only by Him. You are only love, but when you deny this, you make what you are something you must learn to remember. I said before that the message of the crucifixion was, "Teach only love, for that is what you are." This is the one lesson that is perfectly unified, because it is the only lesson that is one. Only by teaching it can you learn it. "As you teach so will you learn." If that is true, and it is true indeed, do not forget that what you teach is teaching you. And what you project or extend you believe. (T-6.III.1:10) & (T-6.III.2:all)
Jesus states he is willing to teach us the lesson that our bodies and egos are unimportant, and we can be free of both. He also tells us he needs us to be devoted teachers who share his aim of healing all our minds.
I [Jesus] can be entrusted with your body and your ego only because this enables you not to be concerned with them, and lets me teach you their unimportance. I could not understand their importance to you if I had not once been tempted to believe in them myself. Let us undertake to learn this lesson together so we can be free of them together. I need devoted teachers who share my aim of healing the mind. Spirit is far beyond the need of your protection or mine. Remember this: In this world you need not have tribulation because I have overcome the world. That is why you should be of good cheer. (T-4.I.13:4-11)
It takes genuine effort and great willingness on our parts to learn the final lesson that Jesus learned, namely, that not only is the Holy Spirit in us in a very literal sense, but that it is possible (even in this world of illusion) for us to hear only the Holy Spirit's voice and not the voice of the ego.
The Holy Spirit is in you in a very literal sense. His is the Voice That calls you back to where you were before and will be again. 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 [Jesus] learned, and God's Sons are as equal as learners as they are as sons. You are the Kingdom of Heaven, but you have let the belief in darkness enter your mind and so you need a new light. (T-5.II.3:7-11) & (T-5.II.4:1)
The Holy Spirit's teaching begins with this lesson: To have give all to all. This refers mostly to the Real things we have of God such as Love, Peace, Joy and Freedom, but it does not exclude our possessions in this world all of which should be placed in the hands of the Holy Spirit and used for his purposes. This step is our own decision and, as Sons of God, we are always in charge of our own decisions and choices in our journey through this lifetime.
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.
This is a very preliminary step, and the only one you must take for yourself. It is not even necessary that you complete the step yourself, but it is necessary that you turn in that direction. Having chosen to go that way, you place yourself [as Self] in charge of the journey, where you and only you must remain. (T-6.V.A.5:9-13) & (T-6.V.A.6:1-3)
The second lesson of the Holy Spirit is: To have Peace teach Peace to learn it. While this is still a preliminary step, it is a positive affirmation of what we really want--spiritually speaking.
You are not asked to make insane decisions, although you can think you are. It must, however, be insane to believe that 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, since having and being are still not equated. It is, however, more advanced than the first step, which is really only the beginning of the thought reversal. The second step is a positive affirmation of what you want. (T-6.V.B.7:all) & (T-6.V.B.8:1-3)
The third lesson of the Holy Spirit is: Be vigilant only for God and His Kingdom. God's Kingdom is the Unified Sonship, therefore we must be vigilant about not projecting our ego-thoughts onto other people who are all our Brothers as Sons of God. This will assist us to undo our own egos so we can extend Peace and Love to everyone, everywhere. Jesus has chosen each of us to teach the Kingdom to the Kingdom.
The undoing is necessary only in your mind, so that you will not project, instead of extend. God Himself has established what you can extend 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. (T-6.V.C.2:5-8) & (T-6.V.C.3:1)
I call upon you 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. (T-7.XI.4:all)
As teachers of God we must heed the crucial lesson taught by the Holy Spirit that every Son of God, including ourselves, is of inestimable worth. This is also the lesson we must teach every Brother we meet; we do this by having infinite patience born of the infinite Love of God within each of us.
One child of God is the only teacher sufficiently worthy to teach another. One Teacher [the Holy Spirit] is in all 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 infinite Love for which He speaks. (T-7.VII.7:1-3)
Miracles are lessons in accepting God's Will. When we understand this by accepting God's Will we learn that miracles are lessons in Joy, Love and Truth. They wait for us to accept them. In Truth, as God's Sons, our Wills cannot be out of accord with God's Will. In this context we need to realize our egos do not really have Wills, only chaotic bundles of confused wishes, wants, needs, desires and demands associated with this world of separation and illusion. Tyranny can teach neither Freedom nor the perfect Equality of God's Sons.
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 are denying joy. The miracle is therefore 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. (T-7.X.8:all)
Do you think that what the Holy Spirit would have you give He would withhold from you? You have no problems that He cannot solve by offering you a miracle. Miracles are for you. And every fear or pain or trial you have has been undone. He has brought all of them to light, having accepted them instead of you, and recognized they never were. There are no dark lessons He has not already lightened for you. The lessons you would teach yourself He has corrected already. They do not exist in His Mind at all. For the past binds Him not, and therefore binds not you. (T-14.XI.9:1-9)
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 mind over another. God's Sons are equal in will, all being the Will of their Father. This is the only lesson I came to teach. If your will were not mine it would not be our Father's. (T-8.IV.6:7-9) & (T-8.IV.7:1)
The lesson [of the Holy Spirit] 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. (T-8.II.3:6-7)
By understanding that we must never use the body for attack we learn that bodies can be harmless. Attack thoughts, when owned and given to the Holy Spirit, will be dissolved and removed from our minds. We must use our bodies (which are only unreal forms) to teach others they, too, are not really bodies. Mostly we do this by never attacking others. Thus we demonstrate that we are all Minds within the Mind of God. This realization of our True Nature by Uniting us all in God's Mind becomes a beautiful lesson in Communion.
If you use the body for attack, it is harmful to you. 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 understand the power of the mind that is in 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. The Holy Spirit does not see the body as you do, because He knows the only reality of anything is the service it renders God on behalf of the function He gives it. (T-8.VII.3:all)
The hardest lesson we will ever learn is the very simple one that God's Truth is True. Truly understanding this Truth will open the dark doors (obstacles) of nothingness the ego has constructed so the Light can shine away our forms and fears so enabling us to find Peace and Freedom. Thus we learn the happy lesson that darkness has no power over God's Sons.
The Holy Spirit, seeing where you are but knowing you are elsewhere, begins His lesson in simplicity with the fundamental teaching that truth is true. This is the hardest lesson you will ever learn, and in the end the only one. Simplicity is very difficult for twisted minds. Consider all the distortions you have made of nothing; all the strange forms and feelings and actions and reactions that you have woven out of it. Nothing is so alien to you as the simple truth, and nothing are you less inclined to listen to. (T-14.II.2:1-5)
The happy learner meets the conditions of learning here, as he meets the conditions of knowledge in the Kingdom. All this lies in the Holy Spirit's plan to free you from the past, and open up the way to freedom for you. For truth is true. What else could ever be, or ever was? This simple lesson holds the key to the dark door that you believe is locked forever. You made this door of nothing, and behind it is nothing. The key is only the light that shines away the shapes and forms and fears of nothing. Accept this key to freedom from the hands of Christ Who gives it to you, that you may join Him in the holy task of bringing light. (T-14.II.7:1-8)
The joy of learning that darkness has no power over the Son of God is the happy lesson the Holy Spirit teaches, and would have you teach with Him. It is His joy to teach it, as it will be yours. (T-14.III.6:6-7)
Another simple lesson we must learn is that guiltlessness is invulnerability. We must realize that no matter what another person may seem to do to us, our perfect freedom from the belief we can be harmed shows him he is guiltless--just as we are guiltless. In Truth no one can hurt us as Sons of God. Therefore the lesson we teach is always the same: God's Son is guiltless. This ties in with the Workbook lesson: In my defenselessness my safety lies. These lessons teach us our Innocence and enable us to understand the Circle of At-one-ment has no end.
The way to teach this simple lesson is merely this: Guiltlessness is invulnerability. Therefore, make your invulnerability manifest to everyone. Teach him that, whatever he may try to do to you, your perfect freedom from the belief that you can be harmed shows him that he is guiltless. He can do nothing that can hurt you, and by refusing to allow him to think he can, you teach him that the Atonement, which you have accepted for yourself, is also his. There is nothing to forgive. No one can hurt the Son of God. (T-14.III.7:1-6)
Everyone has a special part to play in the Atonement, but the message given to each one is always the same; God's Son is guiltless. (T-14.V.2:1)
The outcome of the lesson that God's Son is guiltless is a world in which there is no fear, and everything is lit with hope and sparkles with a gentle friendliness. Nothing but calls to you in soft appeal to be your friend, and let it join with you. (T-31.I.8:1-2)
You will not see yourself beyond the power of God if you teach only this [God's Son is guiltless]. You will not be exempt from the effects of this most holy lesson, which seeks but to restore what is the right of God's creation. From everyone whom you accord release from guilt you will inevitably learn your innocence. The circle of Atonement has no end. And you will find ever-increasing confidence in your safe inclusion in the circle with everyone you bring within its safety and its perfect peace. (T-14.V.7:3-7)
To learn the Holy Spirit's lesson that God's Happiness is ours we must willingly bring all the dark lessons we have learned to Truth and give them joyously to the Holy Spirit. None of the dark lessons, such as fear, anger, sin and guilt, we have learned in this world means anything.
You who have not yet brought all of the darkness you have taught yourself into the light in you, can hardly judge the truth and value of this Course. Yet God did not abandon you. And so you have another lesson sent from Him, already learned for every child of light by Him [the Holy Spirit] to Whom God gave it. This lesson shines with God's glory, for in it lies His power, which He shares so gladly with His Son. Learn of His happiness, which is yours. But to accomplish this, all your dark lessons must be brought willingly to truth, and joyously laid down by hands open to receive, not closed to take. Every dark lesson that you bring to Him Who teaches light He will accept from you, because you do not want it. And He will gladly exchange each one for the bright lesson He has learned for you. Never believe that any lesson you have learned apart from Him means anything. (T-14.XI.4:all)
A Holy Instant can occur when we let go all past learning so the Holy Spirit can offer us Peace. This Peace is of God and is eternal. In the Holy Instant we can experience the completion of Loving Oneness with all our brothers. By experiencing God's Love in our Minds we can only give it away. With God's Love flowing through us we need nothing from our brothers.
An instant offered to the Holy Spirit is offered to God on your behalf, and in that instant you will awaken gently in Him. In the blessed instant you will let go all your past learning, and the Holy Spirit will quickly offer you the whole lesson of peace. (T-15.II.1:6-7)
For the instant of peace is eternal because it is without fear. It will come, being the lesson God gives you, through the Teacher He has appointed to translate time into eternity. Blessed is God's Teacher, Whose joy it is to teach God's holy Son his holiness. (T-15.II.2:2-4)
In the holy instant you recognize the idea of [God's Real] love in you, and unite this idea with the Mind that thought it, and could not relinquish it. By holding it within itself, there is no loss. The holy instant thus becomes a lesson in how to hold all of your brothers in your mind, experiencing not loss but completion. From this it follows you can only give. And this is [Real] love, for this alone is natural under the laws of God. (T-15.VI.5:3-7)
Jesus states he was born to teach us the lesson that sacrifice is nowhere and Real Love is everywhere.
And if you understand this lesson, you will realize that to sacrifice the body is to sacrifice nothing, and communication, which must be of the mind, cannot be sacrificed. Where, then, is sacrifice? The lesson I [Jesus] was born to teach, and still would teach to all my brothers, is that sacrifice is nowhere and love is everywhere. For communication embraces everything, and in the peace it re-establishes, love comes of itself. (T-15.XI.7:3-6)
Salvation, as the Holy Spirit interprets it, is a lesson in giving. We learn that to have all we give all (see above). The secret of salvation is to realize that everything that happens to us in this world we are doing to ourselves because it is a part of the dream we make. Nothing in this world and no one in it could have any effect on us if we fully recognized this world is our personal dream.
Salvation is a lesson in giving, as the Holy Spirit interprets it. It is the reawakening of the laws of God in minds that have established other laws, and given them power to enforce what God created not. (T-20.IV.2:9-10)
The secret of salvation is but this: That you are doing this unto yourself. No matter what the form of the attack, this still is true. Whoever takes the role of enemy and of attacker, still is this the truth. Whatever seems to be the cause of any pain and suffering you feel, this is still true. For you would not react at all to figures in a dream you knew that you were dreaming. Let them be as hateful and as vicious as they may, they could have no effect on you unless you failed to recognize it is your dream. This single lesson learned will set you free from suffering, whatever form it takes. The Holy Spirit will repeat this one inclusive lesson of deliverance until it has been learned, regardless of the form of suffering that brings you pain. (T-27.VIII.10:all) & (T-27.VIII.11:1-2)
In any miracle there is a lesson in allowing Cause (as the Mind of God) to have Its Own Effects (Innocent Sons of God in His Mind) if we, as egos, do nothing to interfere. Miracles of healing and Love come quietly into minds that stop for a Holy Instant and are still.
And so your innocence has not been lost. You need no healing to be healed. In quietness, see in the miracle a lesson in allowing Cause to have Its Own Effects, and doing nothing that would interfere.
The miracle comes quietly into the mind that stops an instant and is still. It reaches gently from that quiet time, and from the mind it healed in quiet then, to other minds to share its quietness. And they will join in doing nothing to prevent its radiant extension back into the Mind Which caused all minds to be. Born out of sharing, there can be no pause in time to cause the miracle delay in hastening to all unquiet minds, and bringing them an instant's stillness, when the memory of God returns to them. (T-28.I.10:7-9) & (T-28.I.11:1-4)
Our separated minds make sickness in both the body and our ego-minds. The lesson is that the mind is sick that thought the body could be sick. The ego-mind projects its guilt into the body making it physically sick, but if we heal our sick minds our bodies will heal and function perfectly.
Thus is the body healed by miracles because they show the mind made sickness, and employed the body to be victim, or effect, of what it made. Yet half the lesson will not teach the whole. The miracle is useless if you learn but that the body can be healed, for this is not the lesson it was sent to teach. The lesson is the mind was sick that thought the body could be sick; projecting out its guilt caused nothing, and had no effects. This world is full of miracles. (T-28.II.11:4-7) & (T-28.II.12:1)
Our greatest lesson is to realize the numerous pathways of this world lead nowhere and there is no useful choice among them. Only spiritual paths lead to God and to Complete Unity with Him and the whole Sonship.
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. (T-31.IV.3:3-9)
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. (T-31.IV.4:8)
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. (T-31.IV.9:6) & (T-31.IV.10:1-3)
In the quotations below the words "face of innocence" refer to the hypocritical false ego-face any of us put on when another person condemns us for committing some "sin." All this mutual projection and accusation stems from our belief that we are "innocent" while our brother is guilty. Psychologically speaking this condemnation is our displacement of a very deep guilt buried in our own minds, a guilt we "look away" from to preserve our false innocence. All this nonsense results from our steadfast ego-belief that sin is real and that guilt must be condemned and punished.
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 that 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. (T-31.V.5:all) & (T-31.V.6:1-5)
Continuing on from the above theme the Course says the Holy Spirit must find a way to undo this ego-ridden self-concept. This transition from ego-self to Christ-Self will be arranged in easy steps by the Holy Spirit or we would be abruptly shattered by believing we would finish up with a total annihilation of our being.
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 re-translation of what seems to be the evidence on its behalf. (T-31.V.8:3-5) & (T-31.V.9:1)
The variety of trials we face in this world of illusions are but lessons Christ would have us learn, lessons that we failed to learn before because we chose (and continue to choose) ego-solutions such as attack, fear-flight or blaming others. In Eastern religions this is called karma. However, our minds can be released from repetitive lessons of pain, misery and dreams of hell whenever we are willing to choose the At-one-ment process of spiritual healing. In this healing our inner Christ will faithfully guide us if we let him because he is the Self that God created as His only Son. The word "only" is used here because God and the Sons He created are One.
Trials are but lessons that 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 that what you chose before has brought to you. In every difficulty, all distress, and each perplexity 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 altar unto joy. He would not leave you comfortless, alone in dreams of hell, but would release your mind 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 cannot prevail against what God Himself would have you be. (T-31.VIII.3:all) & (T-31.VIII.4:1)
let: The word "let" is used over 900 times in the
Even in everyday conversation we use it quite frequently. However, in the Course
it is a very important concept because it tells us we must stop allowing the
ego/body system of separation to run our lives here and allow Jesus and the Holy
Spirit to do so. "Let" means "allow" in the sense of
"giving our permission" to God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus to run our
lives in this world in order to bring about our personal on-going At-one-ment
process of Awakening.
The selected quotations below are representative of hundreds of others in the Course and they are not intended to be more than that. The important lesson for those of us who are studying the Course is to pause every time we read the key word "let" (i.e., allow) so that (a) we can fully absorb exactly what it is we must allow or not allow, and (b) realize to Whom we should give our permission for spiritual guidance.
I will be healed as I let Him [the Holy Spirit] teach me to heal.
You can do much on behalf of your own healing and that of others if, in a situation calling for help, you think of it this way: I [each of us] am here only to be truly helpful. I am here to represent Him [the Holy Spirit] Who sent me. I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He 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. (T-2.V.A.18:all)
All we are asked to do is let Truth in by stopping all interference.
All that is asked of you is to make room for truth. You are not asked to make or do what lies beyond your understanding. All you are asked to do is let it in; only to stop your interference with what will happen of itself; simply to recognize again the presence of what you thought you gave away.
Be willing, for an instant, to leave your altars free of what you placed upon them, and what is really there you cannot fail to see. The holy instant is not an instant of creation, but of recognition. For recognition comes of vision and suspended judgment. Then only it is possible to look within and see what must be there, plainly in sight, and wholly independent of inference and judgment. Undoing is not your task, but it is up to you to welcome it or not. (T-21.II.7:6-8) & (T-21.II.8:1-5)
Let God shine on you in Peace, and let Him shine through you.
You are a mirror of truth, in which God Himself shines 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 the Holy One shine on 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 on you and must shine through you. Your ego cannot prevent Him from shining on you, but it can prevent you from letting Him shine through you. (T-4.IV.9:all)
Let the Holy Spirit remind you of God's perfect fairness, and let Jesus teach you how to share it.
Remember the Kingdom always, and remember that you who are part of the Kingdom 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. (T-5.VI.3:1-3)
If I let Him decide for God for me, the Holy Spirit will undo the consequences of my wrong decision.
Say this to yourself 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 want 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 choose to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for me. (T-5.VII.6:6-11)
Reality will envelop you when you let go all your ego's obstructions to it.
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. (T-10.IV.5:7-10)
When you let the Holy Spirit undo all that obscures Truth, your Father will give Himself to you.
When you have let all that obscured the truth in your most holy mind be undone for you, and therefore stand in grace before your Father, He will give Himself to you as He has always done. Giving Himself is all He knows, and so it is all knowledge. For what He knows not cannot be, and therefore cannot be given. Ask not to be forgiven, for this has already been accomplished. Ask, rather, to learn how to forgive, and to restore what always was to your unforgiving mind. (T-14.IV.3:1-5)
Let the Holy Spirit order your thoughts and give you the Answer of Love.
If you would remember your Father, let the Holy Spirit order your thoughts and give only the answer with which He answers you. Everyone seeks for love as you do, but knows it not unless he joins with you in seeking it. If you undertake the search together, you bring with you a light so powerful that what you see is given meaning. The lonely journey fails because it has excluded what it would find. (T-14.X.10:4-7)
Do not attempt to understand any of the past. Let it all go by offering it to the Holy Spirit.
Your learning gives the present no meaning at all. Nothing you have ever learned can help you understand the present, or teach you how to undo the past. Your past is what you have taught yourself. Let it all go. Do not attempt to understand any event or anything or anyone in its "light," for the darkness in which you try to see can only obscure. (T-14.XI.3:4-8)
An instant offered to the Holy Spirit is offered to God on your behalf, and in that instant you will awaken gently in Him. In the blessed instant you will let go all your past learning, and the Holy Spirit will quickly offer you the whole lesson of peace. (T-15.II.1:6-7)
It is impossible to let the past go without relinquishing the special relationship.
It is impossible to let the past go without relinquishing the special relationship. For the special relationship is an attempt to re-enact the past and change it. Imagined slights, remembered pain, past disappointments, perceived injustices and deprivations all enter into the special relationship, which becomes a way in which you seek to restore your wounded self-esteem. What basis would you have for choosing a special partner without the past? (T-16.VII.1:1-4)
Let the Holy Spirit bring to you those who seek you, and then offer miracles to them as Jesus directs.
God loves every brother as He loves you; neither less nor more. He needs them all equally, and so do you. In time, you have been told to offer miracles as I direct, and let the Holy Spirit bring to you those who are seeking you. Yet in the holy instant you unite directly with God, and all your brothers join in Christ. Those who are joined in Christ are in no way separate. For Christ is the Self the Sonship shares, as God shares His Self with Christ. (T-15.V.10:5-10)
Let the Holy Spirit teach you how to use the body only for the purposes of communication.
When the body ceases to attract you, and when you place no value on it as a means of getting anything, then there will be no interference in communication and your thoughts will be as free as God's. As you let the Holy Spirit teach you how to use the body only for purposes of communication, and renounce its use for separation and attack which the ego sees in it, you will learn you have no need of a body at all. In the holy instant there are no bodies, and you experience only the attraction of God. (T-15.IX.7:1-3)
Let the Love of God shine upon you by your acceptance of Jesus, by joining Minds with him.
The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself. There is no separation of God and His creation. You will realize this when you understand that there is no separation between your will and mine [Jesus]. Let the Love of God shine upon you by your acceptance of me. My reality is yours and His. By joining your mind with mine you are signifying your awareness that the Will of God is one. (T-8.V.2:7-12)
levels: The Table presented below sets out the seven levels on which it is possible for Mind-as-such to contain ideas. Note that all seven levels are found simultaneously only in human beings in bodies who seem to be separated from God and His Reality. The Course tells us that we separated ones frequently confuse these levels, combine some of them erroneously, or switch from level to level, without realizing we have done so. Therefore this entry in the Glossary is an attempt to set out clearly the meanings of the seven levels and how they interrelate with each other.
|A. Level of God, Spirit and True Reality||
|B. Level of the Real World
Real World of only Love
|C. Level of the Holy Spirit Who communicates on all levels||
Holy Spirit/Voice for God
|D. Level of the Altar
The meeting place
|E. Level of Right-Mindedness and Right-perception||
|F. Level of ego-polarities and ego-perception||
|G. Level of body and physical forms||
body and perceived physical forms level
A. Level of God, Spirit and True Reality: This "topmost" level contains all True Reality which is One. It is the level of the Trinity, namely the Sonship-as-One, the Holy Spirit and God Who encompasses the first two. Our pure, inner Christ-Selves, who are in the Sonship, are the only "part" of us humans that are totally on Level A. Yet another way of looking at this highest level is to say it is God's Mind-as-such which is Perfect. God's Absolute Mind-as-such contains His Thoughts such as perfect maximal Love, Light, Peace, Joy, Knowledge, Freedom, etc. His Mind-as-such also contains His Creations who are the Sonship of which our inner perfect Christ-Selves are a part. For our discussion here, we may regard Spirit as a composite term for God's Mind-as-such together with all its Perfect Contents. However the term Holy Spirit will require a somewhat broader definition, one which is given below on Level C.
B. Level of the Real World: The Course tells us that the Real World is a state of mind seen perceptually by the mind, a world of beauty and happy dreams extended by the Holy Spirit to us from the altar of God. The Real World is still a symbolic world that is attained by our complete forgiveness of the old world of ego, idols and separation. We only become gradually aware of the Real World (which is not Heaven) as we let the Holy Spirit train and shift our consciousness up the levels from ego (F), through right-mindedness (E), until we perceive the Real World (B) by seeing through Christ's inner vision. While the Real World has no buildings, streets, etc., it allows us to perceive this world is an illusion, even as we realize all our brothers are really Loving Sons of God and not egos in bodies. However, Jesus tells us that while we are still involved in the At-one-ment training process (of learning true forgiveness), we will do a lot of sporadic shifting up and down the various vertical levels before we consistently lock into the Real World, at which point God takes the Final Step and awakens us in the Heaven of His Mind.
C. Level of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit actually operates on all seven levels because God created the Holy Spirit for the At-one-ment's purpose of extracting us from this world of bodies, ego and separation. The Holy Spirit is only able to help us when we give our wholehearted permission, because we are still Free Beings. In reality the Holy Spirit is a communication network system within all Minds/minds joining them, and thus enabling God's Voice (another name for the Holy Spirit) to be heard by anyone who truly wants to hear it. When we do wish to listen, God's Voice is transmitted to us through Jesus, guides, masters and even spiritual teachers in this world. The Course itself is an excellent example of this communication network of the Holy Spirit, transmitted to us first through Jesus and Helen, and then brought to us by other helpers and teachers.
D. Level of the Altar--the Meeting Place: This is, of course, only a symbolic altar, because we separated ones need symbols to understand spiritual communications. The altar is actually a section of our minds outside the jurisdiction of the ego's thought and belief systems. Therefore, when we are temporarily able to achieve a sufficient state of right-mindedness we can "rise up" to the altar level where we meet and communicate with the Holy Spirit and our Christ-Selves. Although these communications at the altar may occur during Holy Instants, meditation or prayer, spiritual communications at the altar can also happen as profound insights when reading the Course or other spiritual books.
E. Level of Right-Mindedness and Right Perception: Right-mindedness extends all the way from just above the ego up to the altar. Wrong-mindedness is of the ego and separation. We often confuse right- and wrong-mindedness which are subject to degrees of "mixing" (like say, diamonds in clay). Salvation is no more than gradually washing away (unlearning or undoing) the ego-clay leaving the diamonds of right-mindedness in the Light at the altar. Miracles, which help in this healing process, are initiated through the Holy Spirit by those who are (at that moment) in their right minds. The receiver of the gift of a miracle is usually in ego. Forgiveness of oneself and others is also essential to move from the ego's wrong-mindedness to a state of right-mindedness. Those who are in a state of right-mindedness choose to listen to the Holy Spirit, and they never attack or feel afraid. Right-mindedness is not an Awakened state of One-Mindedness because it is still only a state of right-perception. However, once we accept the At-one-ment process of healing and want our egos dismantled (with the help of the Holy Spirit) we move up gradually into an increasing state of right-mindedness. When we are strong and secure in right-mindedness we can even sometimes reach as high as the Real World during a powerful Holy Instant.
F. Level of Ego-polarities and Ego-perception: The ego is a wrong-minded set of chaotic thoughts composed of beliefs, judgments, idols, projections, attitudes, angers and fears. When we separated from being Awake in the Mind of God, we fell deeply asleep. Then, in our insane dreams we made a world of time, space and forms. Because we had dissociated from our Real Selves we had to invent a false identity called the ego with which to manipulate the figures and environs of our unreal dreamworld. Bodies were also constructed so the ego could, in its turn, identify with physical forms and delude itself it was perceiving through the body's eyes and other senses. But it is the ego who is using and abusing its tiny isolated section of our minds to maintain the separation as well as the laughable belief that the body can think, see, hear or do anything at all. Note that our egos almost always operate out of our beliefs in ego-polarities such as sin vs. goody-good, failure vs. success, guilty vs. virtuous, submissiveness vs. domination, nostalgia vs. futurizing, puritanical vs. hedonistic, hate relationships vs. ego-love relationships, littleness vs. grandiosity, etc. All ego beliefs, idols and emotions have to be dismantled if we are to move up into a state of permanent right-mindedness.
G. Level of Bodies and Physical Forms: As was mentioned above, we separated ones constructed bodies made out of (time/space/matter) forms just so the ego could have a false "home" with which to identify. By constantly being preoccupied and obsessed with physical bodies and their maintenance, the ego could avoid "looking up" to higher levels such as right-mindedness, Spirit, our Selves, the Sonship, God and Real Love. Incidentally, our bodies are a major factor in causing our confusion of the seven vertical levels, because once we say that God created bodies and their contents, the whole dream scenario is also imagined to be real, including fear, anger, sin, pain and evil. All kinds of paradoxes result from such confusions which would make God ultimately responsible for all human afflictions and inequities which, paradoxically, He then punishes us for in Righteous Wrath. In this insane view it is our fear of God which keeps us from sinning. We should remember, however, that Jesus tells us in the Course that, God knows not form. (T-30-III.4:5)
The vertical levels of the above diagram are all within a seeming (also vertical) duality which, by definition, is not called a polarity. This vertical duality is comprised of (a) God, Who, of course, is Reality, at the highest level, and (b) the two bottom-level ego/body/world system of unreal forms we made. Examples of vertical dualities would be Reality vs. illusion, Oneness vs. separation, Light vs. darkness, Peace vs. conflict, Innocence vs. guilt, and Everything vs. nothing. The Course constantly points out that only the God level is Real, therefore, Spiritually speaking, the idea of a duality is not True. Note that as we heal by dismantling the ego and gradually awaken through the At-one-ment process (which embraces all levels) we move up through right-mindedness/right-perception with the help of the Holy Spirit to see the Real World of Love. At this point God takes the final step by fully Awakening us to full Union with Him--which is exactly where we were before the dream of separation occurred.
Thoughts can represent the lower or bodily level of experience, or the higher or spiritual level of experience. One makes the physical, and the other creates the spiritual. (T-1.I.12:2-3)
Miracles rearrange perception and place all levels in true perspective. This is healing because sickness comes from confusing the levels. Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both. You are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything else is your own nightmare, and does not exist. (T-1.I.23:all) & (T-1.I.24:1-3)
"No man cometh unto the Father but by me" does not mean that I am in any way separate or different from you except in time, and time does not really exist. The statement is more meaningful in terms of a vertical rather than a horizontal axis. You stand below me and I stand below God. In the process of "rising up," I am higher because without me the distance between God and man would be too great for you to encompass. I bridge the distance as an elder brother to you on the one hand, and as a Son of God on the other. (T-1.II.4:1-5)
The miracle minimizes the need for time. In the longitudinal or horizontal plane the recognition of the equality of the members of the Sonship appears to involve almost endless time. However, the miracle entails a sudden shift from horizontal to vertical perception. This introduces an interval from which the giver and receiver both emerge farther along in time than they would otherwise have been. (T-1.II.6:1-4)
This sense of separation would never have arisen if you had not distorted your perception of truth, and had thus perceived yourself as lacking. The idea of order of needs arose because, having made this fundamental error, you had already fragmented yourself into levels with different needs. As you integrate you become one, and your needs become one accordingly. (T-1.VI.2:2-4)
The idea of orders of need, which follows from the original error that one can be separated from God, requires correction at its own level before the error of perceiving levels at all can be corrected. You cannot behave effectively while you function on different levels. However, while you do, correction must be introduced vertically from the bottom up. This is because you think you live in space, where concepts such as "up" and "down" are meaningful. Ultimately, space is as meaningless as time. Both are merely beliefs. (T-1.VI.3:all)
All aspects of fear are untrue because they do not exist at the creative level, and therefore do not exist at all. To whatever extent you are willing to submit your beliefs to this test, to that extent are your perceptions corrected. (T-1.VI.5:1-2)
A major step in the Atonement plan is to undo error at all levels. Sickness or "not-right-mindedness" is the result of level confusion, because it always entails the belief that what is amiss on one level can adversely affect another. We have referred to miracles as the means of correcting level confusion, for all mistakes must be corrected at the level on which they occur. Only the mind is capable of error. The body can act wrongly only when it is responding to misthought. (T-2.IV.2:1-5)
None of these errors [of misperception] is meaningful, because the miscreations of the mind do not really exist. This recognition is a far better protective device than any form of level confusion, because it introduces correction at the level of the error. It is essential to remember that only the mind can create, and that correction belongs at the thought level. To amplify an earlier statement, spirit is already perfect and therefore does not require correction. The body does not exist except as a learning device for the mind. (T-2.V.1:5-9)
The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself. This means you recognize that mind is the only creative level, and that its errors are healed by the Atonement. Once you accept this, your mind can only heal. By denying your mind any destructive potential and reinstating its purely constructive powers, you place yourself in a position to undo the level confusion of others. (T-2.V.5:1-4)
A clear distinction between what is created and what is made is essential. All forms of healing rest on this fundamental correction in level perception. Never confuse right- and wrong-mindedness. Responding to any form of error with anything except a desire to heal is an expression of this confusion. The miracle is always a denial of this error and an affirmation of the truth. Only right-mindedness can correct in a way that has any real effect. (T-2.V.A.12:all) & (T-2.V.A.13:all) & (T-2.V.A.14:1-2)
Fear cannot be controlled by me, but it can be self-controlled. Fear prevents me [Jesus] from giving you my control. The presence of fear shows that you have raised body thoughts to the level of the mind. This removes them from my control, and makes you feel personally responsible for them. This is an obvious confusion of levels. I do not foster level confusion, but you must choose to correct it. (T-2.VI.1:4-8) & (T-2.VI.2:1)
Nothing can prevail against a Son of God who commends his spirit into the Hands of his Father. By doing this the mind awakens from its sleep and remembers its Creator. All sense of separation disappears. The Son of God is part of the Holy Trinity, but the Trinity Itself is one. There is no confusion within Its Levels, because They are of one Mind and one Will. This single purpose creates perfect integration and establishes the peace of God. Yet this vision can be perceived only by the truly innocent. (T-3.II.5:1-7)
Perception did not exist until the separation introduced degrees, aspects and intervals. Spirit has no levels, and all conflict arises from the concept of levels. Only the Levels of the Trinity are capable of Unity. The levels created by the separation cannot but conflict. This is because they are meaningless to each other. (T-3.IV.1:5-9)
Consciousness, the level of perception, was the first split introduced into the mind after the separation, making the mind a perceiver rather than a creator. Consciousness is correctly identified as the domain of the ego. The ego is a wrong-minded attempt to perceive yourself as you wish to be [in the separation], rather than as you are [a Son of God]. (T-3.IV.2:1-3)
The mind chooses to divide itself when it chooses to make its own levels. But it could not entirely separate itself from spirit, because it is from spirit that it derives its whole power to make or create. Even in miscreation the mind is affirming its Source, or it would merely cease to be. This is impossible, because the mind [as Mind] belongs to spirit which God created and which is therefore eternal. (T-3.IV.5:8-11)
Delay is of the ego, because time is its concept. Both time and delay are meaningless in eternity. I [Jesus] 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. He undoes it at the same level on which the ego operates, or the mind would be unable to understand the change. I have repeatedly emphasized that one level of the mind is not understandable to another. So it is with the ego and the Holy Spirit; with time and eternity. (T-5.III.5:all) & (T-5.III.6:1-2)
However, ideas of the ego can conflict because they occur at different levels and also include opposite thoughts at the same level. (T-5.IV.3:6)
What you are is not established by your perception, and is not influenced by it at all. Perceived problems in identification at any level are not problems of fact. They are problems of understanding, since their presence implies a belief that what you are is up to you to decide. The ego believes this totally, being fully committed to it. It is not true. (T-7.VI.9:3-7)
Littleness and grandiosity [as ego-polarities] can and must alternate, since both are untrue and are therefore on the same level. Being the [horizontal] level of shift, it is experienced as shifting and extremes are its essential characteristic. (T-9.VIII.6:5-6)
They [miracles] are the glad effects of taking back the consequence of sickness to its cause. The body is released because the mind acknowledges "this is not done to me, but I am doing this." And thus the mind is free to make another choice instead. Beginning here, salvation will proceed to change the Course of every step in the descent to separation, until all the steps have been retraced, the ladder gone, and all the dreaming of the world undone. (T-28.II.12:4-7)
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 divergencies 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. (W-pI.127.1:all)
Yet Christ has placed the Atonement on the altar for you. Bring your perceptions of the world to this altar, for it is the altar to truth. There you will see your vision changed, and there you will learn to see truly. From this place, where God and His Son dwell in peace and where you are welcome, you will look out in peace and behold the world truly. Yet to find the place, you must relinquish your investment in the world as you project it, allowing the Holy Spirit to extend the real world to you from the altar of God. (T-12.III.10:5-9)
Yet Heaven is sure. This is no dream. Its coming means that you have chosen truth, and it has come because you have been willing to let your special relationship meet its conditions. In your relationship the Holy Spirit has gently laid the real world; the world of happy dreams, from which awaking is so easy and so natural. (T-18.II.9:1-4)
Right-mindedness is not to be confused with the knowing mind, because it is applicable only to right perception. You can be right-minded or wrong-minded, and even this is subject to degrees, clearly demonstrating that knowledge is not involved. The term "right-mindedness" is properly used as the correction for "wrong-mindedness," and applies to the state of mind that induces accurate perception. It is miracle-minded because it heals misperception, and this is indeed a miracle in view of how you perceive yourself. (T-3.IV.4:all)
Salvation is nothing more than "right-mindedness," which is not the One-mindedness of the Holy Spirit, but which must be achieved before One-mindedness is restored. Right-mindedness leads to the next step automatically, because right perception is uniformly without attack, and therefore wrong-mindedness 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. (T-4.II.10:1-4)
The mind can be right or wrong, depending on the voice to which it listens. Right-mindedness listens to the Holy Spirit, forgives the world, and through Christ's vision sees the real world in its place. This is the final vision, the last perception, the condition in which God takes the final step Himself. Here time and illusions end together.
Wrong-mindedness listens to the ego and makes illusions; perceiving sin and justifying anger, and seeing guilt, disease and death as real. Both this world and the real world are illusions because right-mindedness merely overlooks, or forgives, what never happened. Therefore it is not the One-mindedness of the Christ Mind, Whose Will is one with God's. (C-1.5:all) & (C-1.6:all)
liberation: What do we need to do, and more importantly, undo, in order to liberate ourselves from the bondage of the ego and physical bodies in this world of separation we have made, and which we continue to make moment by moment? The Course states exactly what we need to do for our real liberation from our bondage to pain, idols, crucifixion and the multiple ego-relationships that lead us nowhere. These liberating factors are as follows:
1. Liberating our minds from all ego-choices here by choosing once and for
all to let the Holy Spirit choose Creation in the Kingdom for us.
2. The Holy Instant is a liberating instant, and it occurs when we lay no guilt on anyone, including ourselves.
3. Fully understanding we are not bodies or egos liberates our Minds so they can extend to encompass God's Mind and the Minds of all our brothers as Sons of God in Loving Oneness. This Mind expansion into Spirit is far, far superior to even the best special relationships.
4. True forgiveness of everyone, including ourselves, will let us see our bodies are of no value except to help liberate ourselves and our brothers from egos and the perceived world so we can go Home by waking up in God's Mind.
5. Relinquishing all idols to the Holy Spirit will liberate our minds from this world of fear and attack and allow us to find the calm of that inner Peace that passes all understanding. This Peace is buried inside us.
6. By embracing the Truth as given us in the Course we will liberate ourselves from the beliefs of this world, all of which are false. However we must fully implement all the lessons of the Course in our lives before we can experience the Real World of Love and Light.
7. We must relinquish completely our tight ego-control of our lives here, our relationships and our environment and place the future in the hands of the Holy Spirit. This will remove our ego-blocks and liberate us to freedom and peace.
8. We must hold no one prisoner in this life. This means we must not "keep" and make use of people to supply our false ego-needs and physical desires, something we all do in our special relationships. By holding no one prisoner we liberate ourselves from the ego's bondage.
9. When we make no ego-judgments of any kind about any Son of God, including ourselves, we will be liberated from all the conflicts, fears and aggression of this world, and see the Real World of Love.
10. By liberating and Loving all humans equally we free ourselves to restore Christ's Vision from within our Minds. God knows our Real needs and we trust His Holy Spirit to supply the miracles we need to return to the Heaven of His Mind.
(See: freedom, bondage)
lies: We, who firmly believe we are egos in bodies surrounded by
physical matter, time and space, are all living a gigantic lie. Moreover that
lie is made up of a great number of other lies. Although the Course tells us
over and over again that the test of Reality is that it must be perfect,
universal, one, eternal and without form (i.e., abstract) we constantly try to
compromise Reality by believing that egos, bodies, special love relationships,
nature and the physical universe are a part of it. Yet all these are temporary
and they change from moment to moment so they are all false and not of God's
Reality. In Fact, they are lies, made to perpetuate the falsity of the
separation in a space/time that is itself relative.
None of these lies have anything to do with God or the Sonship Who are pure Mind-as-such Spirit filled with eternal maximal Love, Light, Peace and Happiness. However, we must also realize that these lies are nothing and we should not ego-polarize them with the ego's version of "truth." The Truth of God has no opposite even though it forms a vertical duality with illusions of nothingness. (See: false, illusion, dream)
life, Life: As humans we are very confused about what Life really is. We have been taught that the body and physical nature are forms of life created by God, that we have one short life here and then die, unless we have been very goody-good in which case we may go to Heaven. But God knows not form and cannot be blamed for what is not eternal.
What then are the characteristics of Real Life?
1. God is the Giver of Life and He shares all His attributes with His
2. Life is eternal and God's creations are immortal.
3. There is no Life outside Heaven.
4. All Life is joined with God including all the Sonship.
5. God's creations have the God-given power to create (extend) Life like Him in Heaven.
6. Everything in physical form is an illusion, including bodies. It will all disappear.
7. Egos are meaningless thought-forms (beliefs) too.
8. God's Mind is the Mind with which we think. Our Minds are part of God's Mind.
9. God created His Sons by extending His Thought, and retaining the extensions of His Thought in His Mind.
10. We are the Way, the Truth and the Life--and Loving Oneness in God.
God is the Giver of Life
All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life. (T-1.I.4:1)
You cannot walk [even] the [unreal] world apart from God, because you could not be without Him. He is what your [True] life is. Where you are He is. There is one life. That life you share with Him. Nothing can be apart from Him and live. Yet where He is, there must be holiness as well as life. No attribute of His remains unshared by everything that lives. (W-pI.156.2:4-9) & (W-pI.156.3:1-2)
My holy vision sees all things as pure. Father, Your Mind created all that is [in Reality], Your Spirit entered into it, Your Love gave life to it. (W-pII.263.Heading) & (W-pII.263.1:1)
Life is eternal; there is no Life outside Heaven
My word, which is the resurrection and the life, shall not pass away because life is eternal. (T-1.III.2:2)
I [Jesus] raised the dead by knowing that life is an eternal attribute of everything that the living God created. (T-4.IV.11:7)
Your will is His life, which He has given to you. Even in time you cannot live apart from Him. Sleep is not death. What He created can sleep, but cannot die. Immortality is His Will for His Son, and His Son's will for himself. God's Son cannot will death for himself because his Father is Life, and His Son is like Him. Creation is your will because it is His. (T-11.I.9:5-11)
There is no life outside of Heaven. Where God created life, there life must be. In any state apart from Heaven life is illusion. At best it seems like life; at worst, like death. Yet both are judgments on what is not life, equal in their inaccuracy and lack of meaning. Life not in Heaven is impossible, and what is not in Heaven is not anywhere. Outside of Heaven, only the conflict of illusion stands; senseless, impossible and beyond all reason, and yet perceived as an eternal barrier to Heaven. Illusions are but forms. Their content is never true. (T-23.II.19:all)
Life, God, the Sonship and the Self
You cannot understand yourself alone. This is because you have no meaning apart from your rightful place in the Sonship, and the rightful place of the Sonship is God. This is your life, your eternity and your Self. It is of this that the Holy Spirit reminds you. (T-5.III.8:1-4)
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. (T-8.VI.9:4-6)
You have the right to all the [Real] universe; to perfect peace, complete deliverance from all effects of sin, and to the life eternal, joyous and complete in every way, as God appointed for His holy Son. (T-25.VIII.14:1)
The Gift of Life from God is ours to give but only as Mind-Beings, not bodies
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, since nothing cannot be enlivened. Therefore, you are not extending the gift you both have and are, and so you do not know your being. All confusion comes from not extending life, because that is not the Will of your Creator. (T-7.VII.5:1-5)
For it is not the body that is like the Son's Creator. And what is lifeless cannot be the Son of Life. How can a body be extended to hold the universe [of Mind]? Can it create, and be what it creates? And can it offer its creations all that it is and never suffer loss? God does not share His function with a body. (T-23.IV.2:5-9) & (T-23.IV.3:1)
God knows not form. He cannot answer you in terms that have no meaning. (T-30.III.4:5-6)
Life and death as irreconcilable vertical dualities of Truth and illusion
Life and death, light and darkness, knowledge and perception, are irreconcilable. (T-3.VII.6:6)
There [in God's Love], fear of death will be replaced with joy of life. For God is Life, and they abide in Life. Life is as holy as the Holiness by Which it was created. (T-14.IX.4:4-6)
That one error, which brought truth to illusion, infinity to time, and life to death, was all you ever made. Your whole world rests upon it. Everything you see reflects it, and every special relationship that you have ever made is part of it. (T-18.I.4:4-6)
There are not different kinds of life, for life is like the truth. It does not have degrees. It is the one condition in which all that God created share. Like all His Thoughts, it has no opposite. There is no death because what God created shares His Life. There is no death because an opposite to God does not exist. There is no death because the Father and the Son are one. (W-pI.167.1:all)
Let us today be children of the truth, and not deny our holy heritage. Our life is not as we imagine it. Who changes life because he shuts his eyes, or makes himself what he is not because he sleeps, and sees in dreams an opposite to what he is? (W-pI.167.10:1-3)
Real life is only Mind, but the body is a lifeless illusion; God did not make the body
When your body and your ego and your dreams are gone, you will know that you will last forever. Perhaps you think 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 deciding at all. Like any other impossible solution the ego attempts, it will not work. God did not make the body, because it is destructible, and therefore not of the Kingdom. (T-6.V.A.1:all) & (T-6.V.A.2:1)
And only the Holy Spirit can answer God for you, for only He knows what God is. Everything else that you have placed within your mind cannot exist, for what is not in communication with the Mind of God has never been. Communication with God is life. Nothing without it is at all. (T-14.IV.10:4-7)
Such is the promise of the living God; His Son have life and every living thing be part of him, and nothing else have life. What you have given "life" [the body and other forms] is not alive, and symbolizes but your wish to be alive apart from life, alive in death, with death perceived as life, and living, death. Confusion follows on confusion here, for on confusion has this world been based, and there is nothing else it rests upon. (T-29.II.6:1-3)
What I see witnesses to what I think. If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought. Let me look on the world I see as the representation of my own state of mind. [Do we see the Real World or a world of illusions?] (W-pI.rI.54.2:2-4)
The Thought of God created you. It left you not, nor have you ever been apart from it an instant. It belongs to you. By it you live. It is your Source of life, holding you one with it, and everything is one with you because it left you not. The Thought of God protects you, cares for you, makes soft your resting place and smooth your way, lighting your mind with happiness and love. Eternity and everlasting life shine in your mind, because the Thought of God has left you not, and still abides with you. (W-pI.165.2:all)
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. (T-6.II.8:1-2)
And if it [this world we made] 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. (W-pI.132.8:3-4)
The physical universe will disappear but the Sonship is eternal Mind-Life
The Son of Life cannot be killed. He is immortal as his Father. What he is cannot be changed. He is the only thing in all the universe that must be one. What seems eternal all will have an end. The stars will disappear, and night and day will be no more. All things that come and go, the tides, the seasons and the lives of men; all things that change with time and bloom and fade will not return. Where time has set an end is not where the eternal is. (T-29.VI.2:3-10)
Your [Real] mind is one with God's. (T-4.IV.2:7)
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. (T-4.VII.3:6-7)
You are merely asked to return to God the mind as He created it. (T-5.VII.2:6)
By not being separate, the Mind of God is established in ours and as ours. This Mind is invincible because it is undivided. (T-8.V.1:7-8)
But my mind is part of God's. I am very holy. (W-pI.35.7:5-6)
God is the Mind with which I think. Today's idea holds the key to what your real thoughts are. They are nothing that you think you think, just as nothing that you think you see is related to vision in any way. (W-pI.45.Heading) & (W-pI.45.1:1-2)
Jesus states we are the Way, the Truth and the Life--and Love
When I [Jesus] said "I am with you always," I meant it literally. I am not absent to anyone in any situation. Because I am always with you, you are the way, the truth and the life. (T-7.III.1:7-9)
There is one life, and that I [each of us] share with God. God is but Love, and therefore so am I. (W-pI.rV.179.1:all)
Our little temporary ego-lives here as humans, and death as the ego's main goal
This beginning is usually associated with physical birth, because it is hard to maintain that the ego existed before that point in time. The more "religiously" ego-oriented may believe that the soul existed before, and will continue to exist after a temporary lapse into ego life. Some even believe that the soul will be punished for this lapse. (T-4.II.9:4-6)
The ego arose from the separation, and its continued existence depends on your continuing belief in the separation. The ego must 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 this [ego-] life is your existence because it is its own. Against this sense of temporary existence spirit offers you the knowledge of permanence and unshakable being. (T-4.III.3:2-6)
The death penalty is the ego's ultimate goal, for it fully believes that you are a criminal, as deserving of death as God knows you are deserving of life. The death penalty never leaves the ego's mind, for that is what it always reserves for you in the end. Wanting to kill you as the final expression of its feeling for you, it lets you live but to await death. It will torment you while you live, but its hatred is not satisfied until you die. (T-12.VII.13:2-5)
Without guilt the ego has no life, and God's Son is without guilt. (T-13.I.2:5)
No one can die unless he chooses death. What seems to be the fear of death is really its attraction. Guilt, too, is feared and fearful. Yet it could have no hold at all except on those who are attracted to it and seek it out. And so it is with death. Made by the ego, its dark shadow falls across all living things, because the ego is the "enemy" of life. (T-19.IV.C.1:4-9)
Idols must fall because they have no life, and what is lifeless is a sign of death. (T-29.VII.5:1)
We must make the choice, here, between Real Life and death; forgiveness is the key
The choice is yours to make between a sleeping death and dreams of evil or a happy wakening and joy of life. What could you choose between but life or death, waking or sleeping, peace or war, your dreams or your reality? (T-27.VII.9:4) & (T-27.VII.10:1)
Let us be glad indeed that this is so, and seek not the eternal in this world. Forgiving dreams are means to step aside from dreaming of a world outside yourself. And leading finally beyond all dreams, unto the peace of everlasting life. (T-29.V.8:4-6)
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 [our brothers] 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. (T-31.VII.8:1-4)
The ego is nothing more than a part of your belief about yourself. Your other [Real] life has continued without interruption, and has been and always will be totally unaffected by your attempts to dissociate it. (T-4.VI.1:6-7)
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. (W-pI.rVI.205.1:all)
light, Light: The Mind-Light of God and the Sonship should not be confused
with physical sunlight or artificial light. Physical light is an electromagnetic
wave phenomena that the body's eyes use for perception in this world of
What then is Real Light? We need only examine a few statements from the Course to find out. What Light Really is. They are:
Ask for light and learn that you are light. (T-8.III.1:3)
God has lit your mind Himself, and keeps your mind lit by His Light because His Light is what your mind is. (T-7.III.5:1)
Neither God's Light nor yours is dimmed because you do not see. (T-9.VI.4:3)
Like Him, you are "always"; in His Mind and with a mind like His. (T-9.VI.7:3)
God is the Mind with which I think. I have no thoughts I do not share with God. I have no thoughts apart from Him, because I have no mind apart from His. As part of His Mind, my thoughts are His and His Thoughts are mine. (W-pI.rI.59.5:all)
The Great Light always surrounds you and shines out from you. (T-11.III.4:7)
How beautiful indeed are the Thoughts of God who live in His Light! Your worth is beyond perception because it is beyond doubt. Do not perceive yourself in different lights. Know yourself in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear. (T-3.V.10:6-9)
From the above quotations we can deduce that God's Mind is Light, used with a capital "L" to distinguish it from physical light. Physical light is only a lifeless, unreal mimicry of the Real Light of God, and the Course tells us that physical light will eventually disappear--along with the temporal sun and stars from which it comes.
As God's eternal Creations, we not only Live in His Mind-Light but also share His Mind-Light and are surrounded by His Mind-Light. Of course, the word "Light" is used as a symbol in this context because, in our separated state, we have difficulty understanding abstract words and ideas. In Reality, God's Mind and our Minds-within-His-Mind are pure, absolute Mind-as-such Oneness or Beingness; and It is That we call the Light, God, Life everlasting, etc.
However, this Mind-Light of God, Which we share, permeates Everything within His Mind--which is His Kingdom, or Heaven, or Reality. The Course says God has two kinds of Thoughts (as Content) in His One Mind-as-such, namely, (a) His Sons, and (b) His Attributes, such as Love, Peace, Joy, Knowledge, Truth, Innocence, Strength, Freedom, and so on. As His Sons, God gave each of us all His Attributes, which came with the gift of His One Mind. Therefore the Course not only tells us that We-as-Sons are Light, but that Love, Peace, Joy, etc., are also Light.
When en-Light-enment eventually comes to us, we experience the One Mind-Light of God and Christ-Self as an inner Radiance. This inner Radiance may also be experienced in a Holy Instant. In Reality, however, the Light is in us now.
We are Creations of Light; we are Light
You are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything else is your own nightmare, and does not exist. Only the creations of light are real. (T-1.I.24:2-4)
Your creation by God is the only foundation that cannot be shaken, because the light is in it. (T-3.VII.5:5)
Ask for light and learn that you are light. If you want understanding and enlightenment you will learn it, because your decision to learn it is the decision to listen to the Teacher Who knows of light, and can therefore teach it to you. (T-8.III.1:3-4)
I [each of us] am the light of the world. Who is the light of the world except God's Son? This, then, is merely a statement of the truth about yourself. (W-pI.61.Heading) & (W-pI.61.1:1-2)
I walk with God in perfect holiness. I light the world, I light my mind and all the minds which God created one with me. (W-pI.156.8:5-6)
The Light is of God and from God, Who lit our Minds--which are God's Light
Nothing lasting lies in dreams, and the Holy Spirit, shining with the Light from God Himself, speaks only for what lasts forever. (T-6.V.4:7)
God has lit your mind Himself, and keeps your mind lit by His Light because His Light is what your mind is. This is totally beyond question, and when you question it you are answered. (T-7.III.5:1-2)
Neither God's Light nor yours is dimmed because you do not see. (T-9.VI.4:3)
God is the light in which I see. I cannot see in darkness. God is the only light. Therefore, if I am to see, it must be through Him. I have tried to define what seeing is, and I have been wrong. Now it is given me to understand that God is the light in which I see. Let me welcome vision and the happy world it will show me. God is the Mind with which I think. (W-pI.rI.59.4:all) & (W-pI.rI.59.5:1)
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. (W-pII.239.2:all)
The Kingdom is Light
No darkness abides anywhere in the Kingdom, but 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. (T-6.II.13:3-5)
Spirit is the Radiance that sheds Light
Spirit is beyond humility, because it recognizes its radiance and gladly sheds its light everywhere. (T-4.I.12:3)
The Great Light, the Great Rays, and the little Spark in us that can heal us
The power of one mind can shine into another, because all the lamps [Minds of the Sons] of God were lit by the same spark [of Light]. It is everywhere and it is eternal.
In many only the spark remains, for the Great Rays are obscured. Yet God has kept the spark alive so that 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. (T-10.IV.7:5-6) & (T-10.IV.8:all)
But the dark journey is not the way of God's Son. Walk in light and do not see the dark companions, for they are not fit companions for the Son of God, who was created of light and in light. The Great Light always surrounds you and shines out from you. How can you see the dark companions in a light such as this? (T-11.III.4:5-8)
Turn toward the light, for the little spark in you is part of a Light so great that it can sweep you out of all darkness forever. For your Father is your Creator, and you are like Him. (T-11.III.5:6-7)
You have gone past fear, for no two minds can join in the desire for love without love's joining them. Not one light in Heaven but goes with you. Not one Ray that shines forever in the Mind of God but shines on you. Heaven is joined with you in your advance to Heaven. When such great lights have joined with you to give the little spark of your desire the power of God Himself, can you remain in darkness? You and your brother are coming home together, after a long and meaningless journey that you undertook apart, and that led nowhere. You have found your brother, and you will light each other's way. And from this light will the Great Rays extend back into darkness and forward unto God, to shine away the past and so make room for His eternal Presence, in which everything is radiant in the light. (T-18.III.7:7) & (T-18.III.8:all)
Truth is Light
Like you, the Holy Spirit did not make truth. Like God, He knows it to be true. He brings the light of truth into the darkness, and lets it shine on you. And as it shines your brothers see it, and realizing that this light is not what you have made, they see in you more than you see. (T-14.II.4:1-4)
The light of truth is in us, where it was placed by God. It is the body that is outside us, and is not our concern. To be without a body is to be in our natural state. To recognize the light of truth in us is to recognize ourselves as we are. To see our Self as separate from the body is to end the attack on God's plan for salvation, and to accept it instead. And wherever His plan is accepted, it is accomplished already. (W-pI.72.9:all)
Light is Joy, Peace and Love
The light that belongs to you is the light of joy. Radiance is not associated with sorrow. Joy calls forth an integrated willingness to share it, and promotes the mind's natural impulse to respond as one. (T-5.IN.1:4-6)
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. (T-5.I.5:6-7)
There is no other way to look within and see the light of love, shining as steadily and as surely as God Himself has always loved His Son. And as His Son loves Him. There is no fear in love, for love is guiltless. (T-13.X.10:2-4)
There is no darkness that the light of love will not dispel, unless it is concealed from love's beneficence. (T-14.VI.2:3)
Light and joy and peace abide in me. My sinlessness is guaranteed by God. (W-pI.93.8:2-3)
Light is tranquility, and in that peace is vision given us, and we can see. (W-pI.108.7:5)
Understanding is Light, and Light leads to Knowledge; Light is Knowledge
Understanding is light, and light leads to knowledge. The Holy Spirit is in light because He is in you who are light, but you yourself do not know this. It is therefore the task of the Holy Spirit to reinterpret you on behalf of God. (T-5.III.7:5-7)
Healing is not mysterious. Nothing will change unless it is understood, since light is understanding. (T-9.V.6:4-5)
Across the bridge that He provides are dreams all carried to the truth, to be dispelled before the light of knowledge. There are sights and sounds forever laid aside. (Commentary 7 on "What is the Holy Spirit?" W-pII.7.1:3-4)
Innocence and guiltlessness are Light
The light of guiltlessness shines guilt away because, when they are brought together, the truth of one must make the falsity of its opposite perfectly clear. (T-14.VI.4:2)
The Light is in us now
God and His miracle are inseparable. How beautiful indeed are the Thoughts of God who live in His Light! Your worth is beyond perception because it is beyond doubt. Do not perceive yourself in different lights. Know yourself in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear. (T-3.V.10:5-9)
You are a mirror of truth, in which God Himself shines in perfect light. (T-4.IV.9:1)
Your mind is so powerful a light that you can look into theirs and enlighten them, as I [Jesus] can enlighten yours. (T-7.V.10:6)
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. (W-pI.188.1:all) & (W-pI.188.2:1)
Jesus tells us we are the Light of the world with him
You are the light of the world with me. (T-5.II.10:3)
Light does not attack darkness, but it does shine it away. If my [Jesus] 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 wherever you go. (T-8.IV.2:10-12)
You make by projection, but God creates by extension. The cornerstone of God's creation is you, for His thought system is light. Remember the Rays that are there unseen. The more you approach the center of His thought system, the clearer the light becomes. The closer you come to the foundation of the ego's thought system, the darker and more obscure becomes the way. Yet even the little spark in your mind is enough to lighten it. Bring this light fearlessly with you, and bravely hold it up to the foundation of the ego's thought system. Be willing to judge it with perfect honesty. Open the dark cornerstone of terror on which it rests, and bring it out into the light. There you will see that it rested on meaninglessness, and that everything of which you have been afraid was based on nothing. My brother, you are part of God and part of me. (T-11.IN.3:all) & (T-11.IN.4:1)
At-one-ment exists in Light; we meet our Christ-Selves at the inner altar of Mind
The Atonement can only be accepted within you by releasing the inner light. (T-2.III.1:1)
The Atonement is entirely unambiguous. It is perfectly clear because it exists in light. Only the attempts to shroud it in darkness have made it inaccessible to those who do not choose to see. (T-3.I.6:5-7)
At the altar of God, the holy perception of God's Son becomes so enlightened that light streams into it, and the spirit of God's Son shines in the Mind of the Father and becomes one with it. Very gently does God shine upon Himself, loving the extension of Himself that is His Son. (T-12.VI.7:2-3)
Strength and light unite in you, and where they meet, your Self stands ready to embrace you as Its Own. Such is the meeting place we try today to find and rest in, for the peace of God is where your Self, His Son, is waiting now to meet Itself again, and be as one. (W-pI.92.9:2-3)
You are one Self, united and secure in light and joy and peace. You are God's Son, one Self, with one Creator and one goal; to bring awareness of this oneness to all minds, that true creation may extend the Allness and the Unity of God. You are one Self, complete and healed and whole, with power to lift the veil of darkness from the world, and let the light in you come through to teach the world the truth about yourself.
You are one Self, in perfect harmony with all there is, and all that there will be. You are one Self, the holy Son of God, united with your brothers in that Self; united with your Father in His Will. Feel this one Self in you, and let It shine away all your illusions and your doubts. (W-pI.95.12:all) & (W-pI.95.13:1-3)
Let in the light, and you will look upon no obstacle to what He wills for you. Open your secrets to His kindly light, and see how bright this light still shines in you. Practice His Thought today, and let His light seek out and lighten up all darkened spots, and shine through them to join them to the rest. It is God's Will your mind be one with His. It is God's Will that He has but one Son. It is God's Will that His one Son is you. (W-pI.99.8:3-4) & (W-pI.99.9:1-4)
And now God's knowledge, changeless, certain, pure and wholly understandable, enters its kingdom. Gone is perception, false and true alike. Gone is forgiveness, for its task is done. And gone are bodies in the blazing light upon the altar to the Son of God. God knows it is His Own, as it is his. (C-4.7:1-5)
The Holy Spirit can bring His own new Light into our darkness
You are the Kingdom of Heaven [and Light], but you have let the belief in darkness enter your mind and so you need a new light. The Holy Spirit is the radiance that you must let banish the idea of darkness. (T-5.II.4:1-2)
Think like Him [the Holy Spirit] ever so slightly, and the little spark becomes a blazing light that fills your mind so that He becomes your only Guest. (T-11.II.5:4)
It is His Will, and you have joined with Him. Wait patiently for Him. He will be there. The light has come. You have forgiven the world.
Tell Him [the Holy Spirit] you know you cannot fail because you trust in Him. And tell yourself you wait in certainty to look upon the world He promised you. From this time forth you will see differently. Today the light has come. And you will see the world that has been promised you since time began, and in which is the end of time ensured. (W-pI.75.7:7-11) & (W-pI.75.8:all)
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. (W-pI.131.13:2-3) & (W-pI.131.14:1-2)
Light abolishes darkness; but we must bring our darkness to the Light
Fear is really nothing and love is everything. Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished. What you believe is true for you. (T-2.VII.5:3-5)
Only you can deprive yourself of anything. Do not oppose this realization, for it is truly the beginning of the dawn of light. (T-11.IV.4:1-2)
Open every door to Him [the Holy Spirit], and bid Him enter the darkness and lighten it away. At your request He enters gladly. He brings the light to darkness if you make the darkness open to Him. But what you hide He cannot look upon. (T-14.VII.6:2-5)
In your relationship you have joined with me in bringing Heaven to the Son of God, who hid in darkness. You have been willing to bring the darkness to light, and this willingness has given strength to everyone who would remain in darkness. Those who would see will see. (T-18.III.6:1-3)
You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of yourself, the little thought that seems split off and separate, the Holy Spirit needs. (T-18.IX.1:1-3)
It is your forgiveness that will bring the world of darkness to the light. It is your forgiveness that lets you recognize the light in which you see. Forgiveness is the demonstration that you are the light of the world. (W-pI.62.1:1-3)
When our minds know only Light they can extend their Radiance into other minds, transforming them.
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. Recognizing the Majesty of God as your brother is to accept your own inheritance. God gives only equally. (T-7.XI.5:1-5)
The Light of Mind is not the light we see in the physical world
The stars will disappear in light, and the sun that opened up the world to beauty will vanish. Perception will be meaningless when it has been perfected, for everything that has been used for learning will have no function. Nothing will ever change; no shifts nor shadings, no differences, no variations that made perception possible will still occur. The perception of the real world will be so short that you will barely have time to thank God for it. For God will take the last step swiftly, when you have reached the real world and have been made ready for Him. The real world is attained simply by the complete forgiveness of the old, the world you see without forgiveness. (T-17.II.4:all) & (T-17.II.5:1)
Beyond the body, beyond the sun and stars, past everything you see and yet somehow familiar, is an arc of golden light that stretches as you look into a great and shining circle. And all the circle fills with light before your eyes. The edges of the circle disappear, and what is in it is no longer contained at all. The light expands and covers everything, extending to infinity forever shining and with no break or limit anywhere. Within it everything is joined in perfect continuity. Nor is it possible to imagine that anything could be outside, for there is nowhere that this light is not.
This is the vision of the Son of God, whom you know well. Here is the sight of him who knows his Father. (T-21.I.8:all) & (T-21.I.9:1-2)
Yet this is no more foolish than to believe the body's eyes can see; the brain can think. It is God's strength in you that is the light in which you see, as it is His Mind with which you think. (W-pI.92.2:4) & (W-pI.92.3:1)
The light of [Real] strength is not the light you see. It does not change and flicker and go out. It does not shift from night to day, and back to darkness till the morning comes again. (W-pI.92.7:4-6)
True light that makes true vision possible is not the light the body's eyes behold. It is a state of mind that has become so unified that darkness cannot be perceived at all. (W-pI.108.2:1-2)
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 can not behold. And yet your mind can see it plainly, and can understand. (W-pI.129.8:1-3)
The Light of the Holy Spirit is in our brothers' minds, but do we listen?
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 that does know. This light can shine into yours, giving truth to his words and making 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 hear? (T-9.II.5:5-11)
For you will not see the light, until you offer it to all your brothers. As they take it from your hands, so will you recognize it as your own. (W-pI.153.11:5-6)
Each part of Heaven [your brothers] that you bring is given you. And every empty place in Heaven that you fill again with the Eternal Light you bring, shines now on you. The means of sinlessness can know no fear because they carry only love with them. Child of peace, the light has come to you. (T-22.VI.5:5-7) & (T-22.VI.6:1)
The light that joins you and your brother shines throughout the universe, and because it joins you and him, so it makes you and him one with your Creator. And in Him is all creation joined. (T-22.VI.15:1-2)
Make way for love, which you did not create, but which you can extend. On earth this means forgive your brother, that the darkness may be lifted from your mind. When light has come to him through your forgiveness, he will not forget his savior, leaving him unsaved. For it was in your face he saw the light that he would keep beside him, as he walks through darkness to the everlasting Light. (T-29.III.4:all)
Forgiveness lets us recognize the Light, and that we are the Light of the world
Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world. It is your forgiveness that will bring the world of darkness to the light. It is your forgiveness that lets you recognize the light in which you see. Forgiveness is the demonstration that you are the light of the world. Through your forgiveness does the truth about yourself return to your memory. (W-pI.62.Heading) & (W-pI.62.1:1-4)
Grievances darken your mind, and you look out on a darkened world. Forgiveness lifts the darkness, reasserts your will, and lets you look upon a world of light. (W-pI.73.5:3-4)
Miracles are seen in Light
Miracles are seen in light. The body's eyes do not perceive the light. But I am not a body. What am I? [A Son of God] (W-pI.91.6:2-5)
Our beliefs in darkness, fear and grievances are why the Light cannot enter
It is necessary to repeat that your belief in darkness and hiding is why the light cannot enter. (T-4.III.5:2)
You retain thousands of little scraps of fear that 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 [Jesus] can step around it. (T-4.III.7:2-4)
No one can look upon what your grievances conceal. Because your grievances are hiding the light of the world in you, everyone stands in darkness, and you beside him. But as the veil of your grievances is lifted, you are released with him. Share your salvation now with him who stood beside you when you were in hell. He is your brother in the light of the world that saves you both. Today let us make another real attempt to reach the light in you. (W-pI.69.1:all) & (W-pI.69.2:1)
Meditating on Love and Light--in the Light
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. (W-pI.188.6:1-5)
After you have thought about the importance of what you are trying to do for yourself and the world, try to settle down in perfect stillness, remembering only how much you want to reach the light in you today,--now! Determine to go past the clouds. (W-pI.69.6:1-2)
Now we will try again to reach the light in you, which is where your salvation is. You cannot find it in the clouds that surround the light, and it is in them you have been looking for it. It is not there. It is past the clouds and in the light beyond. Remember that you will have to go through the clouds before you can reach the light. But remember also that you have never found anything in the cloud patterns you imagined that endured, or that you wanted. (W-pI.70.8:all)
Yet perhaps you will succeed in going past that, and through the interval of thoughtlessness to the awareness of a blazing light in which you recognize yourself as Love created you. (W-pI.67.4:3)
After reminding yourself of this, and determining to keep your will clearly in mind, tell yourself with gentle firmness and quiet certainty: I will there be light. Let me behold the light that reflects God's Will and mine. Then let your will assert itself, joined with the power of God and united with your Self. (W-pI.73.10:1-4)
Lighting the Way Home: We can light each other's way Home to God. However, this is accomplished internally by each of us by following the following practical steps:
1. Practicing true forgiveness of each brother (and all our brothers) is an essential part of the At-one-ment process of healing.
2. By asking for help we must allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in this essential process of forgiveness.
3. In time, these forgiving acts bring with them a new inner Vision which allows us to see our brother's inner Innocence; we stop reacting to him as an ego and a physical body who meets our demands.
4. This inner Vision lets us see our forgiven brother as a Christ--as a Holy Son of God, who, in Reality has never left the Mind of God.
5. This takes the special relationship far beyond fear and anger, and transforms it into a Holy Relationship.
6. In a Holy Relationship, by seeing the Christ-Self in a brother, we see the Christ-Self inside ourselves.
7. As the Christ each of us is able to light each other's way, as well as the path of those with whom we come in contact.
8. We can then know we are truly the Light of the World.
9. In Reality, the Thought of God Lights our Minds and has never left us. (See: thought)
likeness: Some of the explicit concepts in the quotations below may be difficult for us to accept and realize. That God made us in His Own likeness as a perfect eternal Mind within His Mind and with all His Attributes, is repeated many times throughout the Course in a variety of contexts. Traditionally, this idea has been reversed by the belief that God made bodies in His image, thus implying that God is a "body" of some kind. The Course however frequently states we made bodies as a part of the separation, and that, in Truth, we are not bodies in any shape or form. Even dream bodies and "astral" bodies are temporary and unreal.
In the quotations below it is valuable to understand the following statements:
1. We are capable of creating Mind-Beings in the likeness of God, and all else is our mis-created, non-existent nightmare.
2. God created us perfect and just like Himself, and our God-like ability to create can never be lost, but it can be hidden.
3. Our God-given Will is not only like God's Will, but is maximal in every member of the Sonship. This collective Will of God and the Unified Sonship is the perfect Creator of Mind-Beings.
4. The Mind of God which is shared by the entire Sonship is invincible because it is undivided.
5. Because we are in the Likeness of our Creator we are, in Reality, Sons of God who can never suffer pain, loss, or death. Our egos and bodies can never be Real; in Fact they are nothing.
6. Not only is the memory of God still in our Minds, but God Himself abides in us, just as we abide in Him.
7. The Holy Spirit, Who is in the likeness of God, is eternal and changeless, and Jesus is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both. You are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything else is your own nightmare, and does not exist. Only the creations of light are real. (T-1.I.24:all)
You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect. There is no emptiness in you. Because of your likeness to your Creator you are creative. No child of God can lose this ability because it is inherent in what he is, but he can use it inappropriately by projecting. (T-2.I.1:3-6)
You are afraid of God's Will because you have used your own mind, which He created in the likeness of His Own, to miscreate. (T-3.II.4:1)
By not being separate, the Mind of God is established in ours and as ours. This Mind 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. (T-8.V.1:7-8) & (T-8.V.2:1-2)
Love created me like Itself. I am in the likeness of my Creator. I cannot suffer, I cannot experience loss and I cannot die. I am not a body. I would recognize my reality [as a Son of God] today. I will worship no idols, nor raise my own self-concept [my ego] to replace my Self. I am in the likeness of my Creator. (W-pI.rII.84.1:1-7)
His [God's] 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. (W-pII.322.1:3-4)
Jesus is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, Whom he called down upon the earth after he ascended into Heaven, or became completely identified with the Christ, the Son of God as He created Him. The Holy Spirit, being a creation of the One Creator, creating with Him and in His likeness or spirit, is eternal and has never changed. (C-6.1:1-2)
lilies: In the Course Jesus uses only a few physical objects as symbols
for higher concepts and "lilies" is among them. Some others are altar,
bridge, lawns and sunlight.
He uses lilies as a symbol for Innocence, and the act of laying or giving lilies as a symbol for complete forgiveness. Of course such forgiveness enables us to see the Innocence of the Christ in any brother, including Jesus himself. Most of us may think it peculiar that we need forgive Jesus, but he is equating himself with the Universal Christ-Self who abides in everyone, and therefore, when we do not forgive a brother and do not see the Christ in him, we are not forgiving Jesus. Always remember Love is for-giving and the gift of lilies or Innocence is the gift of Love.
When we forgive a brother we understand he is our savior because, as we learn to see the Innocent Christ in him, we begin to realize we, too, have an Innocent Christ within ourselves.
limit: In our state of separation we are extremely limited in many
ways, and these limitations are all of our own making. We have made our
space/time world, our egos, our bodies, our special relationships, our idols,
our spurious beliefs, our perception, our false emotions, our sins, and
thousands of other miscreations, all of which limit us and prevent us from
sharing in the unlimited Mind and Gifts of God.
Nonetheless we are able to undo all these miscreations and limitations through God's gift of the Holy Spirit and the At-one-ment process of healing if we really want to do so. How to accomplish this is laid out very clearly in the Course, both as theory in the Text and as practical lessons in the Workbook.
The Course quotations below are representative of some 333 references to "limit" and its derivatives. The brief headings are only to help students quickly find the topic for which they are searching. (See: hindrances, obstacle, blocks, prisoner)
Perception is a limit.
Perception is a function of the body, and therefore represents a limit on awareness. Perception sees through the body's eyes and hears through the body's ears. It evokes the limited responses which the body makes. (T-PRE.10:1-3)
Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot change or be changed. Spirit is therefore unalterable because it is already perfect, but the mind can elect what it chooses to serve. The only limit put on its choice is that it cannot serve two masters. (T-1.V.5:1-3)
The At-one-ment sets a limit on our perceptual space-time beliefs and leads to healing.
The Atonement thus becomes the only defense that is not a two-edged sword. It can only heal. The Atonement was built into the [perceptual] space-time belief to set a limit on the need for the belief itself, and ultimately to make learning complete. The Atonement is the final lesson. (T-2.II.4:8-9) & (T-2.II.5:1-2)
God set limits on our ability to miscreate.
The acceptance of the Atonement by everyone is only a matter of time. This may appear to contradict free will because of the inevitability of the final decision, but this is not so. You can temporize and you are capable of enormous procrastination, but you cannot depart entirely from your Creator, Who set the limits on your ability to miscreate. An imprisoned will engenders a situation which, in the extreme, becomes altogether intolerable. Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way. As this recognition becomes more firmly established, it becomes a turning-point. This ultimately reawakens spiritual vision, simultaneously weakening the investment in physical sight. (T-2.III.3:1-8)
A separation-imprisoned mind is self-limiting, rendering Will (of Son/Self) not free to assert itself.
The mind can miscreate only when it believes it is not free. An "imprisoned" mind is not free because it is possessed, or held back, by itself. It is therefore limited, and the will is not free to assert itself. (T-3.II.4:2-4)
There is no limit to the power of a Son of God, but he can limit the expression of his power as much as he chooses. (T-4.IV.8:2)
As Children of God there is no limit to what we can accomplish jointly with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
This Mind is the Holy Spirit, Whose Will is for God always. He teaches you how to keep me as the model for your thought, and to 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 answer the Holy Spirit within you. (T-5.II.12:2-6)
As part of God we cannot be limited to the little self the ego sees.
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. The ego can keep you in exile from the Kingdom, but in the Kingdom itself it has no power. (T-5.IV.2:13) & (T-5.IV.3:1-4)
His Kingdom has no limits and no end, and there is nothing in Him that is not perfect and eternal. All this is you, and nothing outside of this is you. To your most holy Self all praise is due for what you are, and for what He is Who created you as you are. (T-16.III.7:7-8) & (T-16.III.8:1)
As Sons our influence on each other is without limit, and it must be used for our joint salvation, not for separation and rejection.
The power of the Sons of God is present 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 meaningless. The separation is the notion of rejection. (T-6.I.18:1-4)
We limit the Voice of the Holy Spirit by our unwillingness to hear It.
The Voice of the Holy Spirit is weak in you. That is why you must share It. 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 mind. It is not weak in Itself, but It is limited by your unwillingness to hear It. (T-5.III.4:1-5)
Our Peace lies in its limitlessness; only we can limit Peace.
Your peace lies in its limitlessness. Limit the peace you share, and your Self must be unknown to you. Every altar to God is part of you, because the light He created is one with Him. Would you cut off a brother from the light that is yours? (T-11.IV.3:1-4)
Real Love is limitless and it creates forever, but not in time.
You are part of God, as your sons are part of His Sons. To create is to love. Love extends outward simply because it cannot be contained. Being limitless it does not stop. It creates forever, but not in time. God's creations have always been, because He has always been. Your creations have always been, because you can create only as God creates. Eternity is yours, because He created you eternal. (T-7.I.3:2-9)
God's Mind cannot be lessened. It can only be increased, for everything He creates has the function of creating. Love does not limit, and what it creates is not limited. To give without limit is God's Will for you, because only this can bring you the joy that is His and that He wills to share with you. Your love is as boundless as His because it is His. Could any part of God be without His Love, and could any part of His Love be contained? (T-11.I.6:4-8) & (T-11.I.7:1)
When the ego bargains, it limits True giving; God does not limit His Gifts.
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. (T-7.I.4:4-7)
God extends outward beyond limits and time; when we awaken His limitlessness is ours.
God extends outward beyond limits and beyond time, and you who are co-creator with Him extend His Kingdom forever and beyond limit. Eternity is the indelible stamp of creation. The eternal are in peace and joy forever. (T-7.I.5:4-6)
Wholeness is indivisible, but you cannot learn of 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. (T-9.VI.4:6-8)
Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it establishes you as a Son of God, at one with the Mind of his Creator. (W-pI.38.1:all)
You dwell in the Mind of God with your brother, for God Himself did not will to be alone. To be alone is to be separated from infinity, but how can this be if infinity has no end? No one can be beyond the limitless, because what has no limits must be everywhere. There are no beginnings and no endings in God, Whose [Real] universe is Himself. Can you exclude yourself from the [Real] universe, or from God Who is the [Real] universe? (T-11.I.1:6) & (T-11.I.2:1-4)
Only in the separation do we limit our creative power, but God wills to release it.
Only you can limit your creative power, but God wills to release it. He no more wills you to deprive yourself 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 Self-fullness is of spirit because that is how God created it. (T-7.IX.1:1-4)
You who made delay can leave time behind simply by recognizing that neither beginnings nor endings were created by the Eternal, Who placed no limits on His creation or upon those who create like Him. You do not know this simply because you have tried to limit what He created, and so you believe that all creation is limited. How, then, could you know your creations, having denied infinity? (T-11.I.4:2-4)
There is no limit on our learning because there is no limit on our Minds; there is also no limit on the Holy Spirit's teaching.
If you want understanding and enlightenment you will learn it, because your decision to learn it is the 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 mind. There is no limit on His teaching because He was created to teach. (T-8.III.1:4-6)
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. This sense of limitation is where all errors arise. The way to undo them, therefore, is not of you but for you. (T-9.IV.2:4-7)
Our learning potential is unlimited if we follow the Holy Spirit's teaching.
Your learning potential, properly understood, is limitless because it will lead you to God. You can teach the way to Him and learn it, if you follow the Teacher Who knows the way to Him and understands His curriculum for learning it. (T-12.V.9:1-2)
We hide dark lessons from the Holy Spirit and thus limit His guidance and miracles.
It is only because you think that you can run some little part, or deal with certain aspects of your life alone, that the guidance of the Holy Spirit is limited. Thus would you make Him undependable, and use this fancied undependability as an excuse for keeping certain dark lessons from Him. And by so limiting the guidance that you would accept, you are unable to depend on miracles to answer all your problems for you. (T-14.XI.8:4-6)
In the separation we live in a world of limits, and have no conception of limitlessness. Idols are limits.
You on earth have no conception of limitlessness, for the world you seem to live in is a world of limits. (T-14.X.2:4)
Idols are limits. They are the belief that there are forms [of unreality] that will bring happiness, and that, by limiting, is all attained. (T-30.III.1:4-5)
The ego demands limits, such as limiting a brother to the littleness of his body.
Limits are demanded by the ego, and represent its demands to make little and ineffectual. Limit your sight of a brother to his body, which you will do as long as you would not release him from it, and you have denied his gift to you. His body cannot give it. And seek it not through yours. (T-15.IX.4:3-6)
Sins are beliefs that you impose between your brother and yourself. They limit you to time and place, and give a little space to you, another little space to him. This separating off is symbolized, in your perception, by a body which is clearly separate and a thing apart. Yet what this symbol represents is but your wish to be apart and separate. (T-26.VII.8:7-10)
We limit our minds if we see the body as anything except a means of True communication; we must not see others or ourselves as limited by a body, or to one.
To see a body as anything except a means of communication is to limit your mind and to hurt yourself. (T-8.VII.13:3)
You are not limited by the body, and thought cannot be made flesh. Yet 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? (T-8.VII.14:1-4)
For the body is little and limited, and only those whom you would see without the limits the ego would impose on them can offer you the gift of freedom. You have no conception of the limits you have placed on your perception, and no idea of all the loveliness that you could see. (T-15.IX.5:5) & (T-15.IX.6:1)
When we limit our Selves, we are not of One Mind, and that is what all sickness is.
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. Yet sickness is not of the body, but of the mind. All forms of sickness are signs that the mind is split, and does not accept a unified purpose. (T-8.IX.8:4-7)
By limiting our love to a part of the Sonship in our special relationships, we bring guilt into them. We must learn to Love Everyone maximally as God does.
We have said that to limit love to part of the Sonship is to bring guilt into your relationships, and thus make them unreal. (T-15.V.2:2)
You cannot love parts of reality and understand what [Real] love means. If you would love unlike to God, Who knows no special love, how can you understand it? (T-15.V.3:1-2)
Your salvation will rise clearly before your open eyes as you look on this. You cannot limit hate. The special love relationship will not offset it, but will merely drive it underground and out of sight. It is essential to bring it into sight, and to make no attempt to hide it. (T-16.IV.1:4-7)
The body is the symbol of the ego, as the ego is the symbol of the separation. And both are nothing more than attempts to limit communication, and thereby to make it impossible. For communication must be unlimited in order to have meaning, and deprived of meaning, it will not satisfy you completely. Yet it remains the only means by which you can establish real relationships, which have no limits, having been established by God. (T-15.IX.2:3-6)
It is only the awareness of the body that makes love seem limited. For the body is a limit on love. The belief in limited love was its origin, and it was made to limit the unlimited. Think not that this is merely allegorical, for it was made to limit you. Can you who see yourself within a body know yourself as an idea? (T-18.VIII.1:1-5)
We must use the body solely for True Communication; in the Holy Instant there are no bodies and no limits.
As you let the Holy Spirit teach you how to use the body only for purposes of communication, and renounce its use for separation and attack which the ego sees in it, you will learn you have no need of a body at all. In the holy instant there are no bodies, and you experience only the attraction of God. Accepting it as undivided you join Him wholly, in an instant, for you would place no limits on your union with Him. (T-15.IX.7:2-4)
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. (W-pI.136.18:all) & (W-pI.136.19:1)
Our limited ideas of who we are causes all errors to arise; the At-one-ment corrects our errors by teaching us (through the guidance of the Holy Spirit) how to share.
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. This sense of limitation is where all errors arise. The way to undo them, therefore, is 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 the natural use of your abilities. (T-9.IV.2:4-7) & (T-9.IV.3:1-2)
The Holy Spirit does not limit His giving; rather we limit our receiving of His gifts.
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 decision to receive is the decision to accept. If your brothers are part of you, will you accept them? (T-9.VI.2:4-6) & (T-9.VI.3:1)
Jesus-as-the-Christ in us works through us and for us if we do not set limits on our beliefs on what he can do. Jesus offers us the gift of Union.
You will awaken to your own call, for the Call to awake is within you. If I [Jesus as the Christ-in-us] live in you, you are awake. Yet you must see the works I do through you, or you will not perceive that I have done them unto you. Do not set limits on what you believe I can do through you, or you will not accept what I can do for you. (T-11.VI.9:1-4)
Learn now that sacrifice of any kind is nothing but a limitation imposed on giving. And by this limitation you have limited acceptance of the gift [of Union] I offer you. (T-15.X.2:6-7)
Jesus' trust in us is without limit.
I love all that He created, and all my faith and my belief I offer unto it. My faith in you is as strong as all the love I give my Father. My trust in you is without limit, and without the fear that you will hear me not. I thank the Father for your loveliness, and for the many gifts that you will let me offer to the Kingdom in honor of its wholeness that is of God. (T-13.X.13:3-6)
I am One Self, United with God, and limitless in Power and in Peace.
I am one Self, united with my Creator, at one with every aspect of creation, and limitless in power and in peace. (W-pI.95.11:2)
Spirit am I, a holy Son of God, free of all limits, safe and healed and whole, free to forgive, and free to save the world. (W-pI.97.7:2)
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. (W-pII.280.2:all)
This is God's Final Judgment: "You are still My holy Son, forever innocent, forever loving and forever loved, as limitless as your Creator, and completely changeless and forever pure. Therefore awaken and return to Me. I am your Father and you are My Son." (Commentary 10 on "What is the Last Judgment?" W-pII.10.5:all)
And can one who is one with God be unlike Him? Who transcends the body has transcended limitation. (M-23.3:9-10)
line: Spirit creates along the line of its own creation. When we
decide to place our minds at the disposal of True Authority (God and His Holy
Spirit) we co-create in line with Him.
But if we decide to miscreate we place our minds under the tyrannous authority of the separated- self-as-ego with the result we become imprisoned by, or locked into, our dissociation from Spirit.
When we are healed of this separation we discover that God endowed us with a Free Will which includes the power to create, a power that proceeds in one continuous line from God in which all the Creations of God and His Sons are of the same order.
The Holy Spirit sees one line of Communication with God which allows the Minds of all His Creations to converge with God's Mind. Even in this world we can move through the At-one-ment process so as to bring all our perceptions into line with the way the Holy Spirit perceives the perfect Creations of God, and we still have the Free Will to accomplish this if we sincerely wish for such a Spiritual alignment. (See: create, mind, spirit, communication)
linger: In our dreamworld of separation from God, Spirit and the
Sonship we linger in time, on battlegrounds of conflict and among lingering
illusions of all kinds. These lingering illusions impel us to seek thousands of
false solutions to our plight such as dreams and idols we have not yet tried.
These wrong solutions, all of which involve the ego and the body, give us a
false hope that we can find "salvation" our way and
ignore the At-one-ment which is the Holy Spirit's way of True salvation.
If we accept the At-one-ment with an open mind without lingering beliefs in sin and projection onto our brothers, we can end the suffering of the world, and rest in God. As God's Sons none of us need linger any longer in the fear-based dreamworld we made to hide ourselves from Heaven. (See: delay, stay, wait)
link: We separated ones who are attracted to guilt always condemn
ourselves and others by linking the future to the past. In other words, our past
memory patterns of "sin" and guilt determine that the "sin"
and guilt will reoccur in the future. However there is no actual link of memory
to the past other than the guilty memories we decide to keep in our minds
in the ego's present.
On the other hand, if we wish, the Holy Spirit can eliminate this past-present-future ego linkage by dissolving it in the Christ-in-us, thus enabling us to understand we are One with our brothers and God. Once this new link to the inner Christ is accomplished, the Holy Spirit reinterprets our bodies as purified communication links through which He can reach to others correcting erroneous perceptions.
Perception is not an attribute of God, Whose realm is Knowledge. The Holy Spirit is the Mediator between perception and Knowledge, and through this link He changes our limited perception by gradually leading us to Knowledge. The Holy Spirit is the Communication link between God and His separated Sons, a two-way link that cannot be broken.
When any two minds join as One and share One Idea of God equally, the first link in their awareness of the Sonship-as-One has been made. This is how miracles are done. By joining Lovingly with our brothers and accepting God for them, we heal them--through God's Communication link of Union in Him. This is the Awareness in our minds that no Son is separate and so no Son is sick.
If we listen in deep silence with open minds we will hear the Holy Spirit tell us we do not really live here. We will also be told that the only part of our minds that is Real is the Christ-in-us (the One Son) who is linked eternally to God and His Love. Heaven is a Loving Union of all Creation.
listen: Listening to the Holy Spirit Who is the Voice for God is the
major theme of the At-one-ment process of healing. Some students of the Course say they have difficulty hearing the Holy Spirit's Voice without realizing that the
whole of the Course is the Holy Spirit's Voice in print! All the Holy
Spirit's answers to any and every question we might wish to ask are right there
If we wish to hear the Voice for God during meditation we must stop the ego's chatter and listen in silence. True prayer, the Course tells us, is listening in silence while waiting for God Himself to become Present in our Minds.
God's Voice can also speak to us through other beings. Jesus tells us that if we are willing to listen to him, he will help us heal because he is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also able to speak to us directly through our brothers. What other people tell us about ourselves as egos can be a rich source of information about what we still need to relinquish inside our ego-minds if we are to continue healing.
One of the most important recommendations of the Course is to stop listening to the voice of our unreliable, delusional, fearful, treacherous egos. Our egos must be dismantled and the Holy Spirit is willing to help us dissolve them if and when we (a) stop projecting blame onto others, (b) own our ego's thoughts and emotions, (c) cancel out our fear of them by "walking" through them, and (d) giving them to the Holy Spirit Who will accept them from us and void them.
Do not listen to the ego
If you cannot hear the Voice for God, it is because you do not choose to listen. That you do listen to the voice of your ego is demonstrated by your attitudes, your feelings and your behavior. Yet this is what you want. This is what you are fighting to keep, and what you are vigilant to save. Your mind is filled with schemes to save the face of your ego, and you do not seek the face of Christ. (T-4.IV.1:1-5)
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 is the spirit He created. Release yourself and release others. (T-4.I.10:2-6)
No one gains from strife. What profiteth it a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? If you listen to the wrong voice [of ego] you have lost sight of your soul. You cannot lose it [your soul-Self], but you can not know it. (T-5.II.7:10-13)
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 speaks for it. Listening to the ego's voice means that you believe it is possible to attack God, and that a part of Him has been torn away by you. Fear of retaliation from without follows, because the severity of the guilt is so acute that it must be projected. Whatever you accept into your mind has reality for you. (T-5.V.3:8-11) & (T-5.V.4:1)
Why should you listen to the endless insane calls [of ego] you think are made upon you, when you can know the Voice for God is in you? God commended His Spirit to you, and asks that you commend yours to Him. (T-5.VII.3:1-2)
The ego is not a traitor to God, to Whom treachery is impossible. But it is a traitor to you who believe that you have been treacherous to your Father. That is why the undoing of guilt is an essential part of the Holy Spirit's teaching. For as long as you feel guilty you are listening to the voice of the ego, which tells you that you have been treacherous to God and therefore deserve death. (T-12.VII.14:1-4)
Listen to what the ego says, and see what it directs you see, and it is sure that you will see yourself as tiny, vulnerable and afraid. You will experience depression, a sense of worthlessness, and feelings of impermanence and unreality. You will believe that you are helpless prey to forces far beyond your own control, and far more powerful than you. And you will think the world you made directs your destiny. (T-21.V.2:3-6)
Correction of the ego and its errors lies in listening to the Holy Spirit
The ego makes no sense, and the Holy Spirit does not attempt to understand anything that arises from it. Since He does not understand it, He does not judge it, knowing that nothing the ego makes means anything.
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. Yet it is more than merely a lack of correction for him. It is the giving up of correction in yourself. (T-9.III.3:3-4) & (T-9.III.4:all)
We must also listen to our brothers and hear the Holy Spirit's Truth through them
Can you ask of the Holy Spirit truly, and doubt your brother? Believe his words are true because of the truth that 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. (T-9.II.4:4-8) & (T-9.II.5:1)
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. (P-3.I.2:1-9)
Listen to the One Voice of God, the Holy Spirit, and understand the At-one-ment
The Atonement must be understood as a pure act of sharing. That is what I meant when I said it is possible even in this world to listen to one Voice [the Holy Spirit]. 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. (T-5.IV.2:11-13) & (T-5.IV.3:1)
When you have been restored to the recognition of your original state, you naturally become part of the Atonement yourself. As you share my unwillingness to accept error in yourself and others, you must join the great crusade to correct it; listen to my voice, learn to undo error and act to correct it. The power to work miracles belongs to you. I will provide the opportunities to do them, but you must be ready and willing. (T-1.III.1:5-8)
You will not understand His translations while you listen to two ways [ego and Spirit] of interpreting them. Therefore you must forget or relinquish one to understand the other. (T-7.II.6:6-7)
Listening to the Holy Spirit is a right choice made by Right Minds
I cannot choose for you, but I can help you make your own right choice. "Many are called but few are chosen" should be, "All are called but few choose to listen." Therefore, they do not choose right. The "chosen ones" are merely those who choose right sooner. Right minds can do this now, and they will find rest unto their souls. God knows you only in peace, and this is your reality. (T-3.IV.7:11-16)
The problem is not whether what the Holy Spirit says is true, but whether you want to listen to what He says. (T-7.X.3:3)
The Holy Spirit's Voice is as loud as our willingness to listen
No one can doubt the ego's skill in building up false cases. Nor can anyone doubt your willingness to listen until you choose not to accept 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 freedom of choice, which the Holy Spirit seeks to restore, never to undermine. (T-8.VIII.8:4-8)
God's Voice speaks to me all through the day. It is quite possible to listen to God's Voice all through the day without interrupting your regular activities in any way. The part of your mind in which truth abides is in constant communication with God, whether you are aware of it or not. It is the other part of your mind that functions in the world and obeys the world's laws. It is this part that is constantly distracted, disorganized and highly uncertain. The part that is listening to the Voice for God is calm, always at rest and wholly certain. It is really the only part there is. The other part is a wild illusion, frantic and distraught, but without reality of any kind. Try today not to listen to it. Try to identify with the part of your mind where stillness and peace reign forever. Try to hear God's Voice call to you lovingly, reminding you that your Creator has not forgotten His Son. (W-pI.49.Heading) & (W-pI.49.1:all) & (W-pI.49.2:all)
Let me be still and listen to the truth. If you will lay aside the ego's voice, however loudly it may seem to call, if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in Its messages. Listen, and hear your Father speak to you through His appointed Voice, Which silences the thunder of the meaningless, and shows the way to peace to those who cannot see. (W-pI.106.Heading) & (W-pI.106.1:1) & (W-pI.106.2:1)
Ask for Light from the Teacher of Light; to listen is to learn
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 decision to learn it is the decision to listen to the Teacher [the Holy Spirit] 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 mind [as a Son of God]. (T-8.III.1:2-5)
Ask the Holy Spirit what it is [that you Really Are] and He will tell you, but do not be afraid of His answer, because 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 what you are, so that you can cease to question it and know it for what it is. (T-9.VIII.11:6-9)
Jesus heard the One Voice that tells us we cannot be hurt because we and our brothers are Whole.
I [Jesus] heard one Voice because I understood that I could not atone for myself alone. Listening to one Voice implies the decision to share It in order 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. You cannot be hurt, and do not want to show your brother anything except your wholeness. (T-5.IV.4:1-4)
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, and 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 other, you will have learned of me [Jesus] and will be as eager to share your learning as I am. (T-6.I.19:all)
God gave your will its power, which I [Jesus] 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? (T-8.IV.6:2-6)
God's Will is done, and He has determined we will reunite with him of our own free will; this is accomplished through listening to the Holy Spirit. God's Son is guiltless
Nothing can prevent what God would have accomplished from accomplishment. Whatever your reactions to the Holy Spirit's Voice may be, whatever voice you choose to listen to, whatever strange thoughts may occur to you, God's Will is done. You will find the peace in which He has established you, because He does not change His Mind. (T-13.XI.5:3-5)
Leave the world of death behind, and return quietly to Heaven. There is nothing of value here, and everything of value there. Listen to the Holy Spirit, and to God through Him. He speaks of you to you. There is no guilt in you, for God is blessed in His Son as the Son is blessed in Him. Everyone has a special part to play in the Atonement, but the message given to each one is always the same; God's Son is guiltless. (T-14.V.1:8-12) & (T-14.V.2:1)
Listen to God's Voice in silence (without ego intrusions) and hear about the miracles of Oneness, Creation and Immortality. True prayer is listening in silence
God's Teacher is as like to His Creator as is His Son, and through His Teacher does God proclaim His Oneness and His Son's. Listen in silence, and do not raise your voice against Him. For He teaches the miracle of oneness, and before His lesson division disappears. Teach like Him here, and you will remember that you have always created like your Father. The miracle of creation has never ceased, having the holy stamp of immortality upon it. This is the Will of God for all creation, and all creation joins in willing this. (T-14.XI.11:3-8)
Listen, and see if you remember an ancient song [of Heaven] you knew so long ago and held more dear than any melody you taught yourself to cherish since. (T-21.I.7:5)
I am sustained by the Love of God. As I listen to God's Voice, I am sustained by His Love. As I open my eyes, His Love lights up the world for me to see. As I forgive, His Love reminds me that His Son is sinless. And as I look upon the world with the vision He has given me, I remember that I am His Son. (W-pI.rI.60.5:all)
Be still and listen to the truth today. For each five minutes spent in listening, a thousand minds are opened to the truth and they will hear the holy Word you hear. And when the hour is past, you will again release a thousand more who pause to ask that truth be given them, along with you. (W-pI.106.9:all)
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. (S-1.I.5:all)
Today the holy Word of God is kept through your receiving it to give away, so you can teach the world what giving means by listening and learning it of Him. Do not forget today to reinforce your choice to hear and to receive the Word by this reminder, given to yourself as often as is possible today: Let me be still and listen to the truth. I am the messenger of God today, My voice is His, to give what I receive. (W-pI.106.10:all)
Yet when we can, we will observe our trust as ministers of God, in hourly remembrance of our mission and His Love. And we will quietly sit by and wait on Him and listen to His Voice, and learn what He would have us do the hour that is yet to come; while thanking Him for all the gifts He gave us in the one gone by. In time, with practice, you will never cease to think of Him, and hear His loving Voice guiding your footsteps into quiet ways, where you will walk in true defenselessness. For you will know that Heaven goes with you. (W-pI.153.17:all) & (W-pI.153.18:1-2)
literally: This word has been included in the Companion
because, as egos, we have a tendency to water down or rationalize many of Jesus'
statements in the Course. By using the word "literally" Jesus
establishes the literal truth of his statements thus obviating any tendency on
our part to twist them to our liking.
The quotations below are too many and varied to discuss individually here. They are not difficult to understand, and therefore each quotation has only an introductory statement about its content.
Actions that stem from distortions by the ego are literally the reactions of those who "know not what they do": Fantasy is a distorted form of vision. Fantasies of any kind are distortions, because they always involve twisting perception into unreality. Actions that stem from distortions are literally the reactions of those who know not what they do. Fantasy is an attempt to control reality according to false needs. Twist reality in any way and you are perceiving destructively. Fantasies are a means of making false associations and attempting to obtain pleasure from them. (T-1.VII.3:1-6)
Denying our Minds are one with God's has literally split our Minds in two: 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 mind, and urge you to follow my example as you look at yourself and at your brother, and see in both the glorious creations of a glorious Father. (T-4.IV.2:7-9)
Our confusion about our identity has made it literally impossible for us to Know anything: Knowing, as we have already observed, does not lead to doing. The confusion between your real creation [by God as His Son] and what you have made of yourself [an ego/body] is so profound that it has become literally impossible for you to know anything. Knowledge is always stable, and it is quite evident that you are not. (T-3.V.3:1-3)
You still believe you are an image of your own making. Your mind is split with the Holy Spirit on this point, and there is no resolution while you believe the one thing that is literally inconceivable. That is why you cannot create and are filled with fear about what you make. The mind can make the belief in separation very real and very fearful, and this belief is the "devil." It is powerful, active, destructive and clearly in opposition to God, because it literally denies His Fatherhood. (T-3.VII.4:10-12) & (T-3.VII.5:1-2)
The ego literally lives by comparisons: The ego literally lives by comparisons. 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. That is why the concept of "getting" arose in the ego's thought system. (T-4.II.7:1-4)
The ego is quite literally a fearful thought: Whenever you respond to your ego you will experience guilt, and you will fear punishment. The ego is quite literally a fearful thought. 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 speaks for it. (T-5.V.3:6-9)
Perception selects, and makes the world you see. It literally picks it out as the mind directs. (T-21.V.1:1-2)
Those who accept Jesus as a model are literally his disciples: I must found His church on you, because those who accept me as a model are literally my disciples. (T-6.I.8:6)
When I said "I am with you always," I meant it literally. I am not absent to anyone in any situation. Because I am always with you, you are the way, the truth and the life. (T-7.III.1:7-9)
Even the faintest hint of your reality literally drives the ego from your Mind: 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 you will give up all investment in it. (T-9.VIII.4:1-2)
For forgiveness literally transforms vision, and lets you see the real world reaching quietly and gently across chaos, removing all illusions that had twisted your perception and fixed it on the past. (T-17.II.6:2)
The meek will literally take over the earth because of their Strength: It is hard to believe a defense that cannot attack is the best defense. This is what is meant by "the meek shall inherit the earth." They will literally take it over because of their strength. (T-2.II.7:3-5)
Spiritual vision literally cannot see error: Spiritual vision literally cannot see error, and merely looks for Atonement. All solutions the physical eye seeks dissolve. (T-2.III.4:1-2)
The Mind is powerful enough to literally move mountains: The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating. It is hard to recognize that thought and belief combine into a power surge that can literally move mountains. (T-2.VI.9:5-8)
Revelation, quite literally, cannot be described in words: Revelation is literally unspeakable because it is an experience of unspeakable love. (T-1.II.2:7)
little, littleness: In the Course "little" and
"littleness" describe one end of a major horizontal ego-polarity, the
other end of which is grandiosity or ego-self importance. This combined
ego-polarity level then forms a vertical duality with the Real
Christ-Self--which is who we truly are as Sons of God. Grandeur is a major
characteristic of this Christ-Self. The Course also uses the words
"magnitude" and "glory" as synonyms for
We separated ones usually think of ourselves as insignificant little creatures or as self-important, influential human beings. We also often confuse the inflated aspect of the ego-polarity with "loving ourselves" which is actually only a self-satisfied conceit. The only Self we can Truly Love is the Christ-Self who always gives maximal Love to everyone equally. In this respect, please do not think the ego is "unlovable" or "bad." The ego is nothing, and must be dissolved by willingly relinquishing its nothingness to the Holy Spirit.
Our Grandeur, our Magnitude is our gift from God Who gave it to all His Sons, and we must not belittle that gift--which He included in His gift of Everything. However, when we identify with our True Selves, we must not allow our egos to climb on the spiritual "bandwagon" and become inflated with arrogant self-importance, because all Sons of God are equal recipients of God's gift of Everything, whether they Know it or not! (See: levels, opposites, ego, gifts, grandiosity)
live: We have invented a totally artificial ego-life here on earth. It
is founded on fear, death and the belief that physical bodies are real. We have
dispensed with God, and seek "salvation" in what we can get or grab
from one another in special ego-relationships. At the end of our lives the ego
kills us because that is its only goal. All this unreal nonsense has to be
corrected in our minds from the bottom up. (See: levels)
Healing also involves changing our beliefs about who we really are. We have to realize we are eternal Sons of God who Live in God's Mind as Mind, and only Mind. All through the Course Jesus says he will help us heal and lead us Home to our Real Father. (See: life, being, mind)
The ego, the body and fear:
The ego literally lives on borrowed time, and its days are numbered. (T-9.IV.9:1)
Each body seems to house a separate [ego-] mind, a disconnected thought, living alone and in no way joined to the Thought [of God] by which it was created. (T-18.VIII.5:2)
No one who lives in fear is really alive. (T-2.VIII.5:4)
You cannot behave effectively while you function on different levels. However, while you do, correction must be introduced vertically from the bottom up. This is because you think you live in space, where concepts such as "up" and "down" are meaningful. Ultimately, space is as meaningless as time. Both are merely beliefs. (T-1.VI.3:2-6)
The death penalty never leaves the ego's mind, for that is what it always reserves for you in the end. Wanting to kill you as the final expression of its feeling for you, it lets you live but to await death. It will torment you while you live, but its hatred is not satisfied until you die. For your destruction is the one end toward which it works, and the only end with which it will be satisfied. (T-12.VII.13:3-6)
For an unholy relationship is based on differences, where each one thinks the other has what he has not. They come together, each to complete himself and rob the other. They stay until they think that there is nothing left to steal, and then move on. And so they wander through a world of strangers, unlike themselves, living with their bodies perhaps under a common roof that shelters neither; in the same room and yet a world apart. (T-22.IN.2:5-8)
The ego literally lives by comparisons. 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. That is why the concept of "getting" arose in the ego's thought system. (T-4.II.7:1-4)
Once you have developed a thought system of any kind, you live by it and teach it. (T-6.IN.2:4)
Your individual death seems more valuable than your living oneness, for what is given you is not so dear as what you made. You are more afraid of God than of the ego, and love cannot enter where it is not welcome. (T-13.III.5:3-4)
Every mind must project [as ego] or extend [as Self], because that is how it lives, and every mind is life. (T-7.VIII.1:11)
And so it is with death. Made by the ego, its dark shadow falls across all living things, because the ego is the "enemy" of life. And yet a shadow cannot kill. What is a shadow to the living? (T-19.IV.C.1:8-9) & (T-19.IV.C.2:1-2)
Healing the mind so we may Live:
The whole value of right perception lies in the inevitable realization that all perception 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. That is a reasonable question. You must be careful, however, that you really understand it. Who is the "you" who are living in this world? Spirit is immortal, and immortality is a constant state. It is as true now as it ever was or ever will be, because it implies no change at all. (T-4.II.11:3-10)
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. (T-6.V.A.1:3-5)
Such is the promise of the living God; His Son have life and every living thing be part of him, and nothing else have life. What [the ego/body system] you have given "life" is not alive, and symbolizes but your wish to be alive apart from life, alive in death, with death perceived as life, and living, death. Confusion follows on confusion here, for on confusion has this world been based, and there is nothing else it rests upon. (T-29.II.6:1-3)
The Healed Relationship: The holy relationship is the expression of the holy instant in living in this world. (T-17.V.Heading) & (T-17.V.1:1)
Jesus speaks of his role as a healer and teacher:
I [Jesus] 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. (T-4.I.6:3)
I [Jesus] raised the dead by knowing that life is an eternal attribute of everything that the living God created. (T-4.IV.11:7)
My [Jesus] 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 are asked to live so as to demonstrate that you are not an ego, and I do not choose God's channels wrongly. (T-4.VI.6:1-3)
But love yourself with the Love of Christ, for so does your Father love you. You can refuse to enter, but you cannot bar the door that Christ holds open. Come unto me who hold it open for you, for while I live it cannot be shut, and I live forever. God is my life and yours, and nothing is denied by God to His Son. (T-11.IV.6:4-7)
I [Jesus] am your resurrection and your life. You live in me because you live in God. And everyone lives in you, as you live in everyone. (T-11.VI.4:1-3)
God is my Life and I have no Life but His:
Being [Life-as-such] alone lives in the Kingdom, where everything lives in God without question. (T-6.IV.7:4)
God and His miracle are inseparable. How beautiful indeed are the Thoughts of God who live in His Light! Your worth is beyond perception because it is beyond doubt. Do not perceive yourself in different lights. Know yourself in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear. (T-3.V.10:5-9)
For God is Life, and they abide in Life. Life is as holy as the Holiness by Which it was created. The Presence of holiness lives in everything that lives, for holiness created life, and leaves not what it created holy as itself. (T-14.IX.4:5-7)
God is my life. I have no life but His. I was mistaken when I thought I lived apart from God, a separate entity that 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. (W-pII.223.Heading) & (W-pII.223.1:1-2)
lock: Doors and locks are one of the most dramatic metaphors used in
the Course. They symbolize the sealed thresholds we have closed in order to
prevent access to dissociated sections of our minds. The Course also uses the
metaphor of a house or prison as a symbol of our ego-minds. The dissociated
sections of our ego-minds (house) are of two kinds.
The first is like a dark, evil, locked basement that contains all our guilty secret thoughts--especially the thoughts and feelings of which we are most afraid, and which we reject as too horrible to acknowledge as ours. Psychologists call this section the "unconscious mind" which is full of repressed ego-material, trauma and violent emotions. This dark basement has its "up-front" counterpart in our same ego-mind "house" which has a locked front door to bar thieves, murderers and unwelcome strangers from entering. Of course, these unsavory characters and enemies are merely our own "evil basement" thoughts and emotions projected out onto our "external" world. But, as the Course tells us, the murderer is within; actually, he represents our own hidden-in-the-basement violence, hate and vengeance--all of which we fear and loathe.
The second locked door seals off (dissociates) God, Spirit and our Christ Selves. When we separated from Reality into our false dream-world of form, we closed the door on Heaven and locked it securely against any incursions we imagine Spirit might make to Wake us up. The Course suggests that this barred door to God and Heaven is beneath the ego's basement, and that the dark doors there must be opened by us to the Light of the Holy Spirit. Once we have opened all our doors to the Holy Spirit our ego's "house of straw" will vanish as we reunite with Heaven. (See: door, darkness, prison)
Defenses increase fear and make our armor thicker and our locks more tight: 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? (W-pI.135.3:all)
The murderer is within: 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. (W-pI.196.10:all) & (W-pI.196.11:1-2)
The door to the Holy Place in our Minds is below our senseless ego-thoughts: 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 seeks to reach the truth. (W-pI.131.11:5-8) & (W-pI.131.12:1-2)
You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of yourself, the little thought that seems split off and separate, the Holy Spirit needs. (T-18.IX.1:1-3)
Open every locked door and allow the Holy Spirit to enter: The Holy Spirit asks of you but this; bring to Him every secret you have locked away from Him. Open every door to Him, and bid Him enter the darkness and lighten it away. At your request He enters gladly. He brings the light to darkness if you make the darkness open to Him. But what you hide He cannot look upon. (T-14.VII.6:1-5)
The dark door we have locked against the Truth: For truth is true. What else could ever be, or ever was? This simple lesson holds the key to the dark door that you believe is locked forever. You made this door of nothing, and behind it is nothing. The key is only the light that shines away the shapes and forms and fears of nothing. (T-14.II.7:3-7)
We have locked ourselves in a prison of separation, guilt and hate: You see yourself locked in a separate prison, removed and unreachable, incapable of reaching out as being reached. You hate this prison you have made, and would destroy it. But you would not escape from it, leaving it unharmed, without your guilt upon it. (T-18.VI.7:5-7)
Sin is a heavy locked gate that can be unlocked by Reason: Sin is a block, set like a heavy gate, locked and without a key, across the road to peace. No one who looks on it without the help of reason would try to pass it. The body's eyes behold it as solid granite, so thick it would be madness to attempt to pass it. Yet reason sees through it easily, because it is an error. (T-22.III.3:2-5)
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. (T-31.III.3:10)
We each wall ourselves into a false isolated world of disunity: The world you see is based on "sacrifice" of oneness. It is a picture of complete disunity and total lack of joining. Around each entity is built a wall so seeming solid that it looks as if what is inside can never reach without, and what is out can never reach and join with what is locked away within the wall. Each part must sacrifice the other part, to keep itself complete. (T-26.I.2:1-4)
The locks, bars and bolts will fall away if we truly wish that Heaven be given us: And all you need to do is but to wish that Heaven be given you instead of hell, and every bolt and barrier that seems to hold the door securely barred and locked will merely fall away and disappear. For it is not your Father's Will that you should offer or receive less than He gave, when He created you in perfect love. (T-26.II.8:5-6)
Heaven is grateful for this gift of what has been withheld so long. For They have come to gather in Their Own. What has been locked is opened; what was held apart from light is given up, that light may shine on it and leave no space nor distance lingering between the light of Heaven and the world. The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love. (T-26.IX.5:all) & (T-26.IX.6:1)
Faithlessness is a locked house of straw that can be washed away by faith: Yet faithlessness is sickness. It is like the house set upon straw. It seems to be quite solid and substantial in itself. Yet its stability cannot be judged apart from its foundation. If it rests on straw, there is no need to bar the door and lock the windows and make fast the bolts. The wind will topple it, and rain will come and carry it into oblivion.
What is the sense in seeking to be safe in what was made for danger and for fear? Why burden it with further locks and chains and heavy anchors, when its weakness lies, not in itself, but in the frailty of the little gap of nothingness whereon it stands? What can be safe that rests upon a shadow? Would you build your home upon what will collapse beneath a feather's weight?
Your [Real] home is built upon your brother's health, upon his happiness, his sinlessness, and everything his Father promised him. (T-28.VII.5:6-11) & (T-28.VII.6:all) & (T-28.VII.7:1)
We see ourselves as separate bodies with Truth locked outside, but Truth is inside us and our bodies are outside: Your upside-down perception has been ruinous to your peace of mind. You have seen yourself in a body and the truth outside you, locked away from your awareness by the body's limitations. Now we are going to try to see this differently. The light of truth is in us, where it was placed by God. It is the body that is outside us, and is not our concern. To be without a body is to be in our natural state. (W-pI.72.8:3-5) & (W-pI.72.9:1-3)
The door of the Holy Spirit's Treasure House is never locked and all requests are granted: This is the Holy Spirit's single gift; the treasure house to which you can appeal with perfect certainty for all the things that can contribute to your happiness. All are laid here already. All can be received but for the asking. Here the door is never locked, and no one is denied his least request or his most urgent need. There is no sickness not already healed, no lack unsatisfied, no need unmet within this golden treasury of Christ. (W-pI.159.6:all)
If we place the future in the Hands of God the chains that lock the door to Freedom will be loosened: Accept today's idea, [I place the future in the Hands of God] and you have released the world from all imprisonment by loosening the heavy chains that locked the door to freedom on it. (W-pI.194.2:2)
lofty: Sometimes in the Course a single word brings together a set of
quotations which encompass many of the key ideas presented to us by Jesus. One
such word is "lofty."
God gave us a lofty function, which in the widest interpretation, would be the fulfillment of the At-one-ment process of returning Home. In its more immediate earthly sense, this function is forgiveness, which in turn, is learning to Love all our brothers.
In Fact, as Sons of God, the Truth about us is so lofty that we should accept nothing into our Minds that is unworthy of God. However, we do not do this through psychological denial, projection or repression, but rather, through a process of ego-dismantling. (See: forgive for an account of ego-dismantling)
Furthermore, the Course tells us, God is incomplete without us being awake in His Mind-as-such. We are Really so lofty that, as His Sons, we are an aspect of Knowledge in the Mind of God. God Knows us as we Really are. But here, in this world, even our loftiest perceptions are temporal and therefore meaningless in Heaven.
Grace will lead us beyond this world and it is the loftiest aspiration that we can have here. To have grace in our human lives here we must prepare our minds by ridding the inner Altar-of-the-Christ-Self of all the misperceptions and miscreations we have placed on it. We can do this by looking at our misperceptions and miscreations openly, by owning all of them without projection, and by giving them to the Holy Spirit to dissolve. These misperceptions and miscreations are the result of our deliberate separation from God by falling asleep in His Mind and dreaming insane dreams. (See: grace, dream)
logic: It is important for us to realize that just because a thought
system is logical does not mean it is necessarily True. While the ego's fear of
God is logical from its point of view--because the Idea of God does dispel
ego--the ego's fear of the body is very illogical because the body is actually
neutral, and the ego abides there by its own choice.
The Holy Spirit's logic is impeccable and always leads to Truth. However it is always our choice whether we side with the Truth of Heaven, or the logic of insane egos. For example the ego will say quite logically, "Attacking always preserves me, and so I will always attack, even when I attack the Mind within which I exist (but deny) in order to preserve myself." This is clearly insane.
Because the ego cannot afford to Know anything that is True, it perceives only illusions, and all its logic is woven around illusions and untrue beliefs. Most of these false ideas and beliefs seem to fit together logically like a giant jig-saw puzzle but the resulting picture on the surface is both chaotic and insane. The ego, for example, will say, "Fear and attack will always preserve me," even though 10,000 years of fear and attack patently have not preserved us; in its totally illusory logic, then, the ego preserves humans by destroying humans. Through our egos, we even apply the ego's insane logic to the Realm of God, and attempt to crucify His Sons whenever we imagine we have found them. Remember, too, that the Course tells us all defense is attack, and that our Real Safety lies in our defenselessness.
We need to look very closely at the ego's insanity and dismantle the entire ego. We can always replace the ego's logic with the perfect logic of the Holy Spirit Who still resides in us even though, as egos, we deny it. Whereas the ego's goals are death, destruction and convoluted nothingness, the logic of the Holy Spirit and the acceptance of the At-one-ment will turn all our relationships into Loving, Holy ones so that we can all go Home together as One Son.
lonely: The dictionary definition of "lonely" includes such
phrases as "separated or isolated from others" and "longing for
friends or company." This is fairly in line with the meaning of
"lonely" as it is used in the Course. However, the Course implies that
all the separated Sons of God are lonely because they consciously or
unconsciously long to reunite with God, one another, and the Sonship as a Whole.
Unless we are fully Awake in the Mind of God, we are, by definition,
We are told that even God is lonely without His Sons and that His Joy is not complete because ours is incomplete. We block the outflow of God's Love when our channels to His Love are closed because we refuse to communicate directly with Him through our Whole Minds. Yet, if we open our Whole Minds to God, His Joy and Love will flow through us and we will see it everywhere in everyone and Know Peace.
In our ego-state of separation and loneliness, each of us is fast asleep in the Mind of God--much like a child in a self-inflicted coma. We willfully imposed this lonely separation on ourselves, through a massive psychological dissociation, when we decided to usurp God's Authorship of our creation in order to re-make ourselves as both egos and bodies in a dreamworld of form. This wall-like dissociation split our Mind in two, one part of Mind remaining as God-created Self, while the other part, being blocked off from Loving Companionship, became a lonely fear-based ego-entity in a fantasy world of its own manufacture (manifestation). In this insane world, where we wander without a Real Home, we search for compensatory idols and false love, and we seek death everywhere as our only "savior." Death, in this context, includes anger, attack, hate, fear, separation, rejection, depression, projection, worry, and special relationships along with dozens of other human feelings and behaviors.
The only way to undo the wall of psychological separation in our Minds is to dismantle our fear-based lonely little egos through the At-one-ment process with the constant help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us that he is with us always as the Light of the world, and if we acknowledge this Fact we can never be lonely.
long, longer: Most of the quotations containing the words
"long" or "longer" are concerned with our wish to delay
our Reawakening to Heaven by clinging to the separation, to egos and to
bodies in a wide variety of neurotic ways. We also delay going Home because we
are afraid of the demise of our egos and bodies, even though the Course repeatedly tells us they are meaningless illusions of form that we have
made to usurp the power of God.
Yet, the Holy Spirit can use time constructively, (a) to dismantle our egos, and (b) to utilize our bodies and abilities for the benign purpose of learning His Way--and then teaching that Way to those brothers who ask for our help.
longitudinal: This word is used in the Course to mean horizontal. Both
"longitudinal" and "horizontal" describe the polarity plane
of ego in this unreal world of ego-opposites. This is the second-to-lowest plane
or level, the lowest being that of the body and physical environment. Thus, the
plane or level of our everyday ego limited lives on this planet can be described
as horizontal or longitudinal. Examples of horizontal or longitudinal polarities
on the ego/body levels would be sinful vs. goody-good, ashamed vs. smugly
virtuous, pain vs. pleasure, anger vs. appeasement, submissiveness vs.
domination, losers vs. winners, inferiority vs. grandiosity, failure vs. success
and puritanical vs. hedonistic.
This longitudinal level is contrasted in the Course with the vertical dimension which leads to higher mental and spiritual planes or levels such as right-mindedness, the altar of the inner Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Real World and Heaven.
Note that it would take us an extremely long time to relinquish and transcend the ego's horizontal world of mesmerizing polarities if we did not invoke and involve the Holy Spirit's help. However, through our willingness, along with the Holy Spirit's miracles, we can ascend to the vertical dimensions of right-mindedness and Spirit quite rapidly. Jesus is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit who facilitates these miracles of spiritual transcendence for us when we wholeheartedly want them. (See: levels, dual, opposites, vertical, ladder)
look: Because the word "look" and its derivatives occur about 960 times in the Course, the selection of quotations has been limited to the variety of prepositions or adverbs following "look." A brief explanatory summary accompanies each quotation, or set of quotations. (See: see, perceive, perception, project)
Look inside your own mind to decide the kind of world you want to see -- Love or lack of Love.
The world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference--the dominant ideas, wishes and emotions in our minds. "Projection makes perception" (Text, page 445). We look inside first, decide the kind of world we want to see and then project that world outside, making it the truth as we see it. We make it true by our interpretations of what it is we are seeing. If we are using perception to justify our own mistakes--our anger, our impulses to attack, our lack of love in whatever form it may take--we will see a world of evil, destruction, malice, envy and despair. All this we must learn to forgive, not because we are being "good" and "charitable," but because what we are seeing is not true. (T-PRE.6:1-6)
Look past perceptual errors and forgive.
We have distorted the world by our twisted defenses, and are therefore seeing what is not there. As we learn to recognize our perceptual errors, we also learn to look past them or "forgive." At the same time we are forgiving ourselves, looking past our distorted self-concepts to the Self That God created in us and as us. (T-PRE.6:7-9)
Look out from the perception of your own Holiness and see the Holiness of others.
The Golden Rule is the rule for appropriate behavior. You cannot behave appropriately unless you perceive correctly. Since you and your neighbor are equal members of one family, as you perceive both so you will do to both. You should look out from the perception of your own holiness to the holiness of others. (T-1.III.6:4-7)
Yet Christ has placed the Atonement on the altar for you. Bring your perceptions of the world to this altar, for it is the altar to truth. There you will see your vision changed, and there you will learn to see truly. From this place, where God and His Son dwell in peace and where you are welcome, you will look out in peace and behold the world truly. Yet to find the place, you must relinquish your investment in the world as you project it, allowing the Holy Spirit to extend the real world to you from the altar of God. (T-12.III.10:5-9)
Look in before you look out, because it is inside that you choose the guide to seeing -- the ego or the Christ-Self.
I said before that what you project or extend is up to you, but you must do one or the other, for that is a law of mind, and you must look in before you look out. As you look in, you choose the guide for seeing. And then you look out and behold his witnesses. (T-12.VII.7:1-3)
Look within with Spiritual Vision.
Spiritual vision looks within and recognizes immediately that the altar has been defiled and needs to be repaired and protected. Perfectly aware of the right defense it passes over all others, looking past error to truth. (T-2.III.4:3-4)
Look upon this unreal world as a means of healing the separation.
God is lonely without His Sons, and they are lonely without Him. They must learn to look upon the world as a means of healing the separation. The Atonement is the guarantee that they will ultimately succeed. (T-2.III.5:11-13)
The ego depends solely on your willingness to tolerate it. 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. (T-9.VIII.6:1-3)
Look beyond the body with a mind that looks toward the inner Light and the At-One-Ment.
Spirit is already illuminated and the body in itself is too dense. The mind, however, can bring its illumination to the body by recognizing that it is not the learner, and is therefore unamenable to learning. The body is, however, easily brought into alignment with a mind that has learned to look beyond it toward the light. Corrective learning always begins with the awakening of spirit, and the turning away from the belief in physical sight. This often entails fear, because you are afraid of what your spiritual sight will show you. I said before that the Holy Spirit cannot see error, and is capable only of looking beyond it to the defense of Atonement. (T-2.V.6:4-6) & (T-2.V.7:1-3)
The Holy Spirit leads you steadily along the path of freedom, teaching you how to disregard or look beyond everything that would hold you back. (T-8.II.4:4)
Look at your level confusion of behavior and the thinking that produces behavior, then correct the thinking.
I do not foster level confusion, but you must choose to correct it. You would not excuse insane behavior on your part by saying you could not help it. Why should you condone insane thinking? There is a confusion here that you would do well to look at clearly. You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think. (T-2.VI.2:1-7)
Look with Love on all our creations because they are worthy.
Everyone will ultimately look upon his own creations and choose to preserve only what is good, just as God Himself looked upon what He had created and knew that it was good. At this point, the mind can begin to look with love on its own creations because of their worthiness. At the same time the mind will inevitably disown its miscreations which, without belief, will no longer exist. (T-2.VIII.4:3-5)
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. (T-9.VII.3:1-5)
Look on Reality without judgment and Know It is there.
It is possible to look on reality without judgment and merely know that it is there. Peace is a natural heritage of spirit. Everyone is free to refuse to accept his inheritance, but he is not free to establish what his inheritance is. (T-3.VI.9:6) & (T-3.VI.10:1-2)
Look as the Holy Spirit looks.
Look as the Holy Spirit looks, and understand as He understands. His understanding looks back to God in remembrance of me. He is in communion with God always, and He is part of you. (T-5.III.11:6-8)
Look for Brothers and see all Brothers as equal Sons of God.
You who are not at war must look for brothers and recognize all whom you see as brothers, because only equals are at peace. Because God's equal Sons have everything, they cannot compete. (T-7.III.3:2-3)
Look into the minds of others and see the One Mind of God everywhere.
Your mind is so powerful a light that you can look into theirs and enlighten them, as I [Jesus] can 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? Yet 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. (T-7.V.10:6-12)
Look only at yourself (as ego) and you will not find your Self, or your brother as a Son of God.
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. (T-8.III.5:7-12)
Look back from Sanity and judge the ego's belief systems as insane.
You cannot evaluate an insane belief system from within it. Its range precludes this. You can only go beyond it, 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 to lament your littleness. (T-9.VII.6:1-5)
No one who hears His answer but will give up insanity. For His answer is the reference point beyond illusions, from which you can look back on them and see them as insane. But seek this place and you will find it, for Love is in you and will lead you there. (T-13.III.12:8-10)
Look about yourself and see the arms of Safety and Love around you.
It is God's Will that nothing touch His Son except Himself, and nothing else comes nigh unto him. He is as safe from pain as God Himself, Who watches over him in everything. The world about him shines with love because God placed him in Himself where pain is not, and love surrounds him without end or flaw. Disturbance of his peace can never be. In perfect sanity he looks on love, for it is all about him and within him. He must deny the world of pain the instant he perceives the arms of love around him. And from this point of safety he looks quietly about him and recognizes that the world is one with him. The peace of God passeth your understanding only in the past. Yet here it is, and you can understand it now. (T-13.VII.7:all) & (T-13.VII.8:1-2)
Look inward to relinquish guilt from the past, because the past has no meaning in the present Holy Instant -- Now.
When you maintain that you are guilty but the source of your guilt lies in the past, you are not looking inward. The past is not in you. Your weird associations to it have no meaning in the present. Yet you let them stand between you and your brothers, with whom you find no real relationships at all. (T-13.X.4:1-4)'
Look through the cloud of guilt to the Altar of Christ in you.
Look through the cloud of guilt that dims your vision, and look past darkness to the holy place where you will see the light. The altar to your Father is as pure as He Who raised it to Himself. Nothing can keep from you what Christ would have you see. His Will is like His Father's, and He offers mercy to every child of God, as He would have you do. (T-13.X.9:6-9)
Have you not wondered what the world is really like; how it would look through happy eyes? The world you see is but a judgment on yourself. It is not there at all. (T-20.III.5:1-3)
Look to limited selective forms of ego-love to meet your imagined needs, and guilt will enter all your relationships.
We have said that to limit love to part of the Sonship is to bring guilt into your relationships, and thus make them unreal. If you seek to separate out certain aspects of the totality and look to them to meet your imagined needs, you are attempting to use separation to save you. How, then, could guilt not enter? (T-15.V.2:2-4)
Look without (outside yourself) for exclusionary love and you snatch it guiltily from your relationships.
God knows you now. He remembers nothing, having always known you exactly as He knows you now. The holy instant reflects His knowing by bringing all perception out of the past, thus removing the frame of reference you have built by which to judge your brothers. Once this is gone, the Holy Spirit substitutes His frame of reference for it. His frame of reference is simply God. The Holy Spirit's timelessness lies only here. For in the holy instant, free of the past, you see that love is in you, and you have no need to look without and snatch love guiltily from where you thought it was. All your relationships are blessed in the holy instant, because the blessing is not limited. (T-15.V.9:all) & (T-15.V.10:1)
Look away from the Whole by fragmenting Reality into little pieces and you are avoiding Truth.
There is a tendency to fragment, and then to be concerned about the truth of just a little part of the whole. And this is but a way of avoiding, or looking away from the whole, to what you think you might be better able to understand. For this is but another way in which you would still try to keep understanding to yourself. (T-16.II.2:1-3)
Look where the Holy Spirit is within your brother and see each Brother truly.
And when you look with gentle graciousness upon your brother, you are beholding Him [the Holy Spirit]. For you are looking where He is, and not apart from Him. You cannot see the Holy Spirit, but you can see your brothers truly. And the light in them will show you all that you need to see. When the peace in you has been extended to encompass everyone, the Holy Spirit's function here will be accomplished. (T-19.IV.3:2-6)
Look forward in confidence holding all your Brothers' hands Lovingly, because Oneness is the Will of God.
Look forward, then; in confidence walk with a happy heart that beats in hope and does not pound in fear. The Will of God forever lies in those whose hands are joined. (T-30.V.10:8) & (T-30.V.11:1)
Lord, lord: Traditionally the word "Lord" has been used as a
synonym for God, or for Jesus. The Course also uses the term for God, as well as
for the Holy Spirit.
The use of the un-capitalized word "lord" is mostly limited to negative ego-concepts such as the "lord of death." On one occasion, however, the Son (meaning each of us) is referred to as the "lord of all" along with our Creator. (See: God)
God as the Lord, and the Lord of Hosts.
You who would be content with specialness, and seek salvation in a war with love, consider this: The holy Lord of Heaven has Himself come down to you, to offer you your own completion. What is His is yours because in your completion is His Own. He Who willed not to be without His Son could never will that you be brotherless. And would He give a brother unto you except he be as perfect as yourself, and just as like to Him in holiness as you must be? (T-24.V.8:all)
How could the Lord of Heaven not be glad if you appreciate His masterpiece? What could He do but offer thanks to you who love His Son as He does? Would He not make known to you His Love, if you but share His praise of what He loves? God cherishes creation as the perfect Father that He is. And so His joy is made complete when any part of Him joins in His praise, to share His joy. This brother is His perfect gift to you. (T-25.II.9:1-6)
They [your thoughts] 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. (W-pI.rIV.IN.6:all)
The Lord as the Holy Spirit and Redeemer
You who have tried to banish love have not succeeded, but you who choose to banish fear must succeed. The Lord is with you, but you know it not. Yet your Redeemer liveth, and abideth in you in the peace out of which He was created. Would you not exchange this awareness for the awareness of fear? When we have overcome fear--not by hiding it, not by minimizing it, and not by denying its full import in any way--this is what you will really see. You cannot lay aside the obstacles to real vision without looking upon them, for to lay aside means to judge against. If you will look, the Holy Spirit will judge, and He will judge truly. Yet He cannot shine away what you keep hidden, for you have not offered it to Him and He cannot take it from you. (T-12.II.9:all)
The Son as Lord of all.
Let, then, your dedication be to the eternal, and learn how not to interfere with it and make it slave to time. For what you think you do to the eternal you do to you. Whom God created as His Son is slave to nothing, being lord of all, along with his Creator. You can enslave a body, but an idea is free, incapable of being kept in prison or limited in any way except by the mind that thought it. (T-19.I.16:1-4)
Death as the lord of illusions.
Embodiment of fear, the host of sin, god of the guilty and the lord of all illusions and deceptions, does the thought of death seem mighty. For it seems to hold all living things within its withered hand; all hopes and wishes in its blighting grasp; all goals perceived but in its sightless eyes. The frail, the helpless and the sick bow down before its image, thinking it alone is real, inevitable, worthy of their trust. For it alone will surely come. (W-pI.163.2:all)
lose: We cannot lose the Attributes God gave us at our Creation such
as Love, Light, Peace, Joy, Happiness, Freedom, Knowledge, Strength, Innocence,
Purity, Oneness and Will. Yet we can lose sight of all these Attributes
while we dally with our egos in an unreal world we have made.
We can also lose our way Home and become confused when we attack others, acquire false learning and pursue separate (special) interests from one another.
However, if we listen to the Holy Spirit communications in the present moment and follow His curriculum as detailed in the Course, we will soon realize that we have Everything and can lose nothing--except illusions. (See: loss)
WE HAVE EVERYTHING BECAUSE GOD GAVE EVERYTHING TO US
Truth is always abundant. Those who perceive and acknowledge that they have everything have no needs of any kind. The purpose of the Atonement is to restore everything to you; or rather, to restore it to your awareness. You were given everything when you were created, just as everyone was. (T-1.IV.3:4-7)
WHAT WE CANNOT LOSE
Being Creative: Because of your likeness to your Creator you are creative. No child of God can lose this ability because it is inherent in what he is, but he can use it inappropriately by projecting. (T-2.I.1:5-6)
However, if you hope to spare yourself from fear there are some things you must realize, and realize fully. The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating. It is hard to recognize that thought and belief combine into a power surge that can literally move mountains. (T-2.VI.9:4-8)
Communication: This communication is perfectly abstract, since its quality is universal in application and not subject to any judgment, any exception or any alteration. God created you by this and for this. The mind can distort its function, but it cannot endow itself with functions 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. (T-4.VII.3:9-12)
Unlearn isolation through His [God's] loving guidance, and learn of all the happy communication that you have thrown away but could not lose. (T-14.III.18:3)
Knowledge: 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 which is aware of the knowledge that lies beyond perception. (T-5.I.4:10-11) & (T-5.I.5:1)
Our Souls: What profiteth it a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? If you listen to the wrong voice you have lost sight of your soul. You cannot lose it, but you can not know it. It is therefore "lost" to you until you choose right. (T-5.II.7:11-14)
Our Purity: Holiness lies not in time, but in eternity. There never was an instant in which God's Son could lose his purity. His changeless state is beyond time, for his purity remains forever beyond attack and without variability. (T-15.I.15:4-6)
Our Will and The Gifts of God: How wonderful it is to do your will! For that is freedom. There is nothing else that ever should be called by freedom's name. Forgive all thoughts which would oppose the truth of your completion, unity and peace. You cannot lose the gifts your Father gave. You do not want to be another self. You have no function that is not of God. (W-pI.99.10:1-4)
Our memory of God: 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. (W-pII.234.2:all)
WHAT WE CAN LOSE
Losing our way on the journey Home: Our brothers' needs become our own, because they are taking the journey with us as we go to God. Without us they would lose their way. Without them we could never find our own. (T-PRE.12:7-9)
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 therefore lose your way. (T-9.III.6:7-8)
Losing the Power of God--temporarily: You have not usurped the power of God, but you have lost it. Fortunately, to lose something does not mean that it has gone. It merely means that you do not remember where it is. (T-3.VI.9:2-4)
Losing our awareness of Wholeness: 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 mind because, if you let doubt 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, since being cannot be assailed. (T-6.V.C.8:1-4)
Losing our awareness of Being: The mind that accepts attack cannot love. That is because it believes 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. (T-7.VI.2:1-4)
Losing our peace of Mind: But forget not this: When you become disturbed and lose your peace of mind because another is attempting to solve his problems through fantasy, you are refusing to forgive yourself for just this same attempt. And you are holding both of you away from truth and from salvation. As you forgive him, you restore to truth what was denied by both of you. And you will see forgiveness where you have given it. (T-17.I.6:5-8)
WHAT WE CAN LOSE SIGHT OF
The Holy Spirit's one direction for all Minds: 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. It has none, because the journey is the way to what is true. (T-8.V.6:2-5)
The Holy Spirit's purpose for the body: To use the body unnaturally is to lose sight of the Holy Spirit's purpose, and thus to confuse the goal of His curriculum. (T-8.VII.7:7)
It is still true that the body has no function of itself, because it is not an end. The ego, however, establishes it as an end because, as such, its true function is obscured. This is the purpose of everything the ego does. Its sole aim is to lose sight of the function of everything. A sick body does not make any sense. It could not make sense because sickness is not what the body is for. (T-8.VIII.5:1-6)
Our own Divinity and our brothers' Divinity: 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. (T-10.III.5:1-2)
Always responding to others with Love: Any response other than love arises from a confusion about the "what" and the "how" of salvation, and this is the only answer. Never lose sight of this, and never allow yourself to believe, even for an instant, that there is another answer. For you will surely place yourself among the poor, who do not understand that they dwell in abundance and that salvation is come. (T-12.III.5:3-5)
That healing can only be accomplished in the present moment: Healing cannot be accomplished in the past. It must be accomplished in the present to release the future. This interpretation ties the future to the present, and extends the present rather than the past. But if you interpret your function as destruction, you will lose sight of the present and hold on to the past to ensure a destructive future. (T-13.IV.9:3-6)
The one thought about not interfering with the healing work of the Holy Spirit: Do not use empathy to make the past real, and so perpetuate it. Step gently aside, and let healing be done for you. Keep but one thought in mind and do not lose sight of it, however tempted you may be to judge any situation, and to determine your response by judging it. Focus your mind only on this: I am not alone, and I would not intrude the past upon my Guest. I have invited Him, and He is here. I need do nothing except not to interfere. (T-16.I.3:6-12)
Oneness: You can lose sight of oneness, but can not make sacrifice of its reality. Nor can you lose what you would sacrifice, nor keep the Holy Spirit from His task of showing you that it has not been lost. Hear, then, the song your brother sings to you, and let the world recede, and take the rest his witness offers on behalf of peace. (T-26.I.6:1-3)
THE CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE LOSING
When we do not value something and therefore do not want it: Attack could never promote attack unless you perceived it as a means of depriving you of something you want. Yet 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 own rejection you then believe that others are taking it from you. You must be fearful if you believe that your brother is attacking you to tear the Kingdom of Heaven from you. This is the ultimate basis for all the ego's projection. (T-7.VII.8:all)
When we teach one another against our Nature, we lose by false learning: Learning is joyful if it leads you along your natural path, and facilitates the development of what you have. When you are taught against your nature, however, you will lose by your learning because your learning will imprison you. (T-8.II.2:7-8)
When we treat our brothers as merely egos, we "lose" our Selves: 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 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 [Jesus] am always there with you, in remembrance of you. (T-8.III.4:all)
When we imprison ourselves and others as egos, we "lose" sight of our True Identification as God's Sons: 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 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. (T-8.IV.8:4-7)
By attacking a brother we lose the Power of the Holy Instant: The experience of an instant, however compelling it may be, is easily forgotten if you allow time to close over it. It must be kept shining and gracious in your awareness of time, but not concealed within it. The instant remains. But where are you? To give thanks to your brother is to appreciate the holy instant, and thus enable its results to be accepted and shared. To attack your brother is not to lose the instant, but to make it powerless in its effects. You have received the holy instant, but you may have established a condition in which you cannot use it. As a result, you do not realize that it is with you still. And by cutting yourself off from its expression, you have denied yourself its benefit. You reinforce this every time you attack your brother, for the attack must blind you to yourself. (T-17.V.12:all) & (T-17.V.13:1-4)
By condemning another as sinful we lose our Innocence: Sin is the proclamation that attack is real and guilt is justified. It assumes the Son of God is guilty, and has thus succeeded in losing his innocence and making himself what God created not. (T-19.II.2:3-4)
Clinging to separate interests: What must the teacher do to ensure learning? What must the therapist do to bring healing about? Only one thing; the same requirement salvation asks of everyone. Each one must share one goal with someone else, and in so doing, lose all sense of separate interests. Only by doing this is it possible to transcend the narrow boundaries the ego would impose upon the self. Only by doing this can teacher and pupil, therapist and patient, you and I [Jesus], accept Atonement and learn to give it as it was received. (P-2.II.8:all)
WHAT THE EGO BELIEVES IT CAN LOSE
That to forgive another person is to lose him: Forgiveness becomes impossible, for the ego believes that to forgive another is to lose him. It is only by attack without forgiveness that the ego can ensure the guilt that holds all its relationships together. Yet they only seem to be together. (T-15.VII.7:7-8) & (T-15.VII.8:1)
Its false power: Nothing can hurt you unless you give it the power to do so. Yet you give power as the laws of this world interpret giving; as you give you lose. It is not up to you to give power at all. (T-20.IV.1:1-3)
The little that it has: Thus they define their life and where they live, adjusting to it as they think they must, afraid to lose the little that they have. And so it is with all who see the body as all they have and all their brothers have. They try to reach each other, and they fail, and fail again. (T-21.I.5:1-3)
That the ego's loss is someone else's gain, and vice versa: The whole belief that someone loses but reflects the underlying tenet God must be insane. For in this world it seems that one must gain because another lost. (T-25.VII.11:1-2)
loss: Our world of separation, scarcity and specialness seems riddled
with losses of all kinds. According to the ego's thought system we may suffer
from the loss of partners, children, possessions, livelihoods, affection, face,
bodies, health, wealth, sustenance, sanity--the list goes on and on. Even
Salvation, the At-one-ment and Waking up are associated with sacrifice,
deprivation and loss, especially in terms of the ego's numerous security
blankets and cherished idols.
It is our ego's constant judgment and rejection that cause our loss of Peace. Our loss of Peace and Love is the result of a failure in Real Communication; a failure that shuts out God and the Sonship simply because the ego's strident voice blocks the Voice for God, the Holy Spirit.
Yet once we accept the Fact that each of us is an Eternal Idea within the Mind of God, an Idea that contains His Love, Peace, Joy and Creativity, we will be free of all sense of loss because the ego will have been dissolved forever. (See: lose)
The world of perception is founded on our belief in scarcity and loss: The world of perception, on the other hand, is the world of time, of change, of beginnings and endings. It is based on interpretation, not on facts. It is the world of birth and death, founded on the belief in scarcity, loss, separation and death. (T-PRE.3:1-3)
We make the mistake of associating the At-one-ment with loss: The Atonement is a total commitment. You may still think this is associated with loss, a mistake all the separated Sons of God make in one way or another. (T-2.II.7:1-2)
Judgment is the cause of loss of Peace: The choice to judge rather than to [Truly] know is the cause of the loss of peace. Judgment is the process on which perception but not knowledge rests. I [Jesus] have discussed this before in terms of the selectivity of perception, pointing out that evaluation is its obvious prerequisite. Judgment always involves rejection. (T-3.VI.2:1-4)
The separation was not a loss of Perfection but a failure in Communication: 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. (T-6.IV.12:5-7)
Creating is the opposite of loss: Creating is the opposite of loss, as blessing is the opposite of sacrifice. (T-7.IX.2:5)
Loss is the result of interpreting apart from the Holy Spirit, but in Reality loss is impossible: Interpret anything apart from the Holy Spirit and you will mistrust it. This will lead you to hatred and attack and loss of peace. Yet all loss comes only from your own misunderstanding. Loss of any kind is impossible. But 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, but you must have attacked yourself first. (T-8.VII.4:8-9) & (T-8.VII.5:1-4)
Fear is a symptom of our own deep sense of loss of Love: For fear is a call for love, in unconscious recognition of what has been denied. Fear is a symptom of your own deep sense of loss. If when you perceive it in others you learn to supply the loss, the basic cause of fear is removed. Thereby you teach yourself that fear does not exist in you. (T-12.I.8:13) & (T-12.I.9:1-3)
The Graciousness of God will cover all sense of loss in us with Love and Life: The Presence knows they [each and all of us] will return to purity and to grace. The graciousness of God will take them gently in, and cover all their sense of pain and loss with the immortal assurance of their Father's Love. There, fear of death will be replaced with joy of life. For God is Life, and they abide in Life. (T-14.IX.4:2-5)
Each of us is an Idea in the Mind of God, therefore we can give freely of our Selves wholly without loss: What you find difficult to accept is the fact that, like your Father, you are an [eternal] idea. And like Him, you can give yourself completely, wholly without loss and only with gain. Herein lies peace, for here there is no conflict. In the world of scarcity, love has no meaning and peace is impossible. For gain and loss are both accepted, and so no one is aware that perfect love is in him. In the holy instant you recognize the idea of love in you, and unite this idea with the Mind that thought it, and could not relinquish it. By holding it within itself, there is no loss. The holy instant thus becomes a lesson in how to hold all of your brothers in your mind, experiencing not loss but completion. From this it follows you can only give. And this is love, for this alone is natural under the laws of God. (T-15.VI.4:5-7) & (T-15.VI.5:1-7)
loud: There are two voices to which we can listen. One is the Voice
for God and it is this Voice we hear when we read the Course or listen intently
for it during meditation. This Voice can also be advising us throughout the day
if we want to listen for its advice. It is as loud as our willingness to hear.
The Voice for God is the Holy Spirit.
The other voice is the voice of the ego. Depending on the nature of its convictions and desires the ego's voice can be strident or softly persuasive, raucous or seductive.
We always have a choice as to which voice we want to follow--the Voice for God which will lead us through the At-one-ment process to Love, Light, Peace and Joy, or the loud insistent voice of the ego which leads to idols, emptiness, pain and death. (See: choice, voice, Holy Spirit)
The Holy Spirit's Voice.
The opposite of hearing through the body's ears is communication through the Voice for God, the Holy Spirit, which abides in each of us. His Voice seems distant and difficult to hear because the ego, which speaks for the little, separated self, seems to be much louder. This is actually reversed. The Holy Spirit speaks with unmistakable clarity and overwhelming appeal. (T-PRE.11:2-5)
The Holy Spirit's Voice is as loud as your willingness to listen. It cannot be louder without violating your freedom of choice, which the Holy Spirit seeks to restore, never to undermine. (T-8.VIII.8:7-8)
The miracle offers exactly the same response to every call for help. It does not judge the call. It merely recognizes what it is, and answers accordingly. It does not consider which call is louder or greater or more important. (T-14.X.6:3-6)
The voice of the ego.
Death, were it true, would be the final and complete disruption of communication, which is the ego's goal. Those who fear death see not how often and how loudly they call to it, and bid it come to save them from communication. For death is seen as safety, the great dark savior from the light of truth, the answer to the Answer, the silencer of the Voice That speaks for God. (T-19.IV.C.6:5) & (T-19.IV.C.7:1-2)
Loudly the ego tells you not to look inward, for if you do your eyes will light on sin, and God will strike you blind. This you believe, and so you do not look. Yet this is not the ego's hidden fear, nor yours who serve it. Loudly indeed the ego claims it is; too loudly and too often. For underneath this constant shout and frantic proclamation, the ego is not certain it is so. Beneath your fear to look within because of sin is yet another fear, and one which makes the ego tremble. What if you looked within and saw no sin? (T-21.IV.2:3-8) & (T-21.IV.3:1)
Pain demonstrates the body must be real. It is a loud, obscuring voice whose shrieks would silence what the Holy Spirit says, and keep His words from your awareness. Pain compels attention, drawing it away from Him and focusing upon itself. Its purpose is the same as pleasure, for they both are means to make the body real. (T-27.VI.1:1-4)
We have shouted our grievances so loudly that we have not listened to His Voice. (W-pI.72.10:11)
Love, love: There is only one Love and that is God's Love, a
Love we all share with Him. God's Limitless Love is fully experienced in
our own Minds when we are in direct communion with Him.
What we separated ones call "love" is only ego-bonding, ego-affection, and co-dependence. Ego-love is always based on mutual contracts, demands, satisfactions, commitments and sacrifices. Ego-love is always special and excludes others. Almost all of us delude ourselves that our love for another is "real love" and that our special love relationships are holy relationships. The tests are simple: Do we love everyone in the world with the same level and quality of love? If our partner loves another in the same way are we joyous about that other relationship?
Ego-love is based on fear. Because, in awareness, we have separated from God into a fearful dreamworld of our own making, we cling together to assuage and counteract the resulting anxiety and insecurity. This clinging and stroking, which we call "love," is no more than a monumental love-getting system on behalf of our egos, in a futile effort to compensate for the assumed absence of Real Love. Ego-love and ego-hate (however mild) are an ego-polarity on the same level and both are heavily dependent on our ego's identification with our bodies. In other words, ego-love cannot exist without ego-hate, even though both may not be directed at the same person. The Course tells us unequivocally not to seek Love outside ourselves.
It is only in the Loving Oneness of all God's Sons that Real Love exists. This Love is maximal and freely given everyone on an equal basis. Such Love asks for nothing in return, and expects nothing in return. This Love is the foundation of all Holy Relationships. When the Christ-in-us Loves his brothers in Holy Relationships, it is the Love of God flowing through him to those brothers, and because the Love of God is infinite there is never any need for us to seek for any other Love. Of course we will receive abundant Love from others and enjoy that Love, but we do not need it. While Love only gives and never takes, we can all enjoy Love freely shared.
The quotations below are only a fraction of the 1650 references to Love, or love and its derivatives, but they have been selected to represent the range of themes used in the Course in connection with Love or love.
Those interested in lesson activities centered around Love are referred to Workbook Lessons 127 [There is no Love but God's] and 189 [I feel the Love of God within me now]. (See: giving, God, joy, levels)
Our lack of Love (as egos): If we are using perception to justify our own mistakes--our anger, our impulses to attack, our lack of love in whatever form it may take--we will see a world of evil, destruction, malice, envy and despair. All this we must learn to forgive, not because we are being "good" and "charitable," but because what we are seeing is not true. (T-PRE.6:5-6)
Sin is defined as "lack of love." Since love is all there is, sin in the sight of the Holy Spirit is a mistake to be corrected, rather than an evil to be punished. Our sense of inadequacy, weakness and incompletion comes from the strong investment in the "scarcity principle" that governs the whole world of illusions. From that point of view, we seek in others what we feel is wanting in ourselves. We "love" another in order to get something ourselves. That, in fact, is what passes for love in the dream world. There can be no greater mistake than that, for [Real] love is incapable of asking for anything. (T-PRE.7:1-7)
The "little I" seeks to enhance itself by external approval, external possessions and external "love." (T-PRE.8:3)
The mind that accepts attack cannot love. That is because it believes 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. (T-7.VI.2:1-4)
In honesty, is it not harder for you to say "I love" than "I hate"? You associate love with weakness and hatred with strength, and your own real power seems to you as your real weakness. For you could not control your joyous response to the call of love if you heard it, and the whole world you thought you made would vanish. (T-13.III.3:1-3)
Love does not kill to save. (T-13.IN.3:3)
You who have tried to banish love have not succeeded, but you who choose to banish fear must succeed. The Lord is with you, but you know it not. (T-12.II.9:1-2)
There are no triumphs of love. Only hate is at all concerned with the "triumph of love." The illusion of love can triumph over the illusion of hate, but always at the price of making both illusions. As long as the illusion of hatred lasts, so long will love be an illusion to you. And then the only choice remaining possible is which illusion you prefer. (T-16.IV.5:1-5)
The body (which was not made by Love) can be used to save us from illusions: The body was not made by love. Yet love does not condemn it and can use it lovingly, respecting what the Son of God has made and using it to save him from illusions. (T-18.VI.4:7-8)
It is only the awareness of the body that makes love seem limited. For the body is a limit on love. The belief in limited love was its origin, and it was made to limit the unlimited. Think not that this is merely allegorical, for it was made to limit you. Can you who see yourself within a body know yourself as an idea? Everything you recognize you identify with externals, something outside itself. You cannot even think of God without a body, or in some form you think you recognize. (T-18.VIII.1:all)
The exaltation of the body is given up in favor of the spirit, which you love as you could never love the body. And the appeal of death is lost forever as love's attraction stirs and calls to you. From beyond each of the obstacles to love, Love Itself has called. (T-19.IV.D.5:4-6)
Here is the way to true relationships held gently open, through which you and your brother walk together, leaving the body thankfully behind and resting in the Everlasting Arms. Love's arms are open to receive you, and give you peace forever. (T-20.VI.10:5-6)
Our deep fear of Real Love: For still deeper than the ego's foundation, and much stronger than it will ever be, is your intense and burning love of God, and His for you. This is what you really want to hide. (T-13.III.2:8-9)
You are more afraid of God than of the ego, and love cannot enter where it is not welcome. But hatred can, for it enters of its own volition and cares not for yours. (T-13.III.5:4-5)
You have built your whole insane belief system because you think you would be helpless in God's Presence, and you would save yourself from His Love because you think it would crush you into nothingness. You are afraid it would sweep you away from yourself and make you little, because you believe that magnitude lies in defiance, and that attack is grandeur. You think you have made a world God would destroy; and by loving Him, which you do, you would throw this world away, which you would. Therefore, you have used the world to cover your love, and the deeper you go into the blackness of the ego's foundation, the closer you come to the Love that is hidden there. And it is this that frightens you. (T-13.III.4:all)
Fear and love are the only emotions of which you are capable. (T-12.I.9:5)
Your fear of attack is nothing compared to your fear of love. (T-13.III.2:3)
For the ego cannot love, and in its frantic search for [special] love it is seeking what it is afraid to find [i.e., Real Love]. (T-12.IV.2:3)
You do not know the meaning of [Real] love, and that is your handicap. (T-12.V.6:1)
The ego finds what it seeks, and only that. It does not find [Real] love, for that is not what it is seeking. (T-12.VII.6:4-5)
What is not [Real] love is murder. What is not [Truly] loving must be an attack. Every illusion is an assault on truth, and every one does violence to the idea of [Real] love because it seems to be of equal truth. (T-23.IV.1:10-12)
But exempt no one from your love, or you will be hiding a dark place in your mind where the Holy Spirit is not welcome. And thus you will exempt yourself from His healing power, for by not offering total love you will not be healed completely. Healing must be as complete as fear, for love cannot enter where there is one spot of fear to mar its welcome. (T-13.III.9:2-4)
Our task is not to seek for Love outside ourselves: Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. It is not necessary to seek for what is true, but it is necessary to seek for what is false. Every illusion is one of fear, whatever form it takes. And the attempt to escape from one illusion into another must fail. If you seek love outside yourself you can be certain that you perceive hatred within, and are afraid of it. Yet peace will never come from the illusion of love, but only from its reality. (T-16.IV.6:all)
Recognize this, for it is true, and truth must be recognized if it is to be distinguished from illusion: The special love relationship is an attempt to bring love into separation. And, as such, it is nothing more than an attempt to bring love into fear, and make it real in fear. In fundamental violation of love's one condition, the special love relationship would accomplish the impossible. How but in illusion could this be done? (T-16.IV.7:1-4)
Every fantasy, be it of love or hate, deprives you of knowledge for fantasies are the veil behind which truth is hidden. To lift the veil that seems so dark and heavy, it is only needful to value truth beyond all fantasy, and to be entirely unwilling to settle for illusion in place of truth. (T-16.IV.10:3-4)
The sleep of forgetfulness is only the unwillingness to remember Your forgiveness and Your Love. (T-16.VII.12:4)
Love is not learned. Its meaning lies within itself. And learning ends when you have recognized all it is not. That is the interference; that is what needs to be undone. Love is not learned, because there never was a time in which you knew it not. (T-18.IX.12:1-5)
Special "love" relationships keep us from Heaven: The special love relationship is the ego's chief weapon for keeping you from Heaven. It does not appear to be a weapon, but if you consider how you value it and why, you will realize what it must be. The special love relationship is the ego's most boasted gift, and one which has the most appeal to those unwilling to relinquish guilt. (T-16.V.2:3-4) & (T-16.V.3:1)
For the special relationship is the renunciation of the Love of God, and the attempt to secure for the [ego-] self the specialness that He denied. (T-16.V.4:2)
Removing the ego's fear-ridden blocks to the awareness of Love's Presence: The Course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite. (T-IN.1:6-8)
In sorting out the false from the true, the miracle proceeds along these lines: Perfect love casts out fear. If fear exists, Then there is not perfect love. But: Only perfect love exists. If there is fear, It produces a state that does not exist. Believe this and you will be free. Only God can establish this solution, and this faith is His gift. (T-1.VI.5:3-10)
Yet any attempt to resolve the error through attempting the mastery of fear is useless. In fact, it asserts the power of fear by the very assumption that it need be mastered. The true resolution rests entirely on mastery through love. (T-2.VII.4:2-4)
Freedom is the only gift 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. Whom 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. (T-8.IV.8:1-4)
When you seem to see some twisted form of the original error [of substituting illusions for Love] rising to frighten you, say only, "God is not fear, but Love," and it will disappear. The truth will save you. (T-18.I.7:1-2)
Perceiving all others Lovingly as Sons of God: Certainty is always of God. When you [Truly] love someone you have perceived him as he is [a Son of God], and this makes it possible for you to know him [as a Son of God]. Until you first perceive him as he is you cannot know him [Truly]. (T-3.III.5:2-4)
Everything you teach you are learning. Teach only love, and learn that love is yours and you are love. (T-6.III.4:8-9)
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. (T-7.VII.10:4-6)
Love him who is beloved of his Father, and you will learn of the Father's Love for you. (T-11.VIII.11:6)
Release [everyone] from guilt as you would be released. There is no other way to look within and see the light of love, shining as steadily and as surely as God Himself has always loved His Son. And as His Son loves Him. There is no fear in love, for love is guiltless. You who have always loved your Father can have no fear, for any reason, to look within and see your holiness. (T-13.X.10:1-5)
Faith is the acknowledgment of union. It is the gracious acknowledgment of everyone as a Son of your most loving Father, loved by Him like you, and therefore loved by you as yourself. It is His Love that joins you and your brother, and for His Love you would keep no one separate from yours. (T-19.I.10:2-4)
Miracles are Natural expressions of Love: Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle. (T-1.I.3:all)
A miracle is a service. It is the maximal service you can render to another. It is a way of loving your neighbor as yourself. You recognize your own and your neighbor's worth simultaneously. (T-1.I.18:all)
The At-one-ment Principle of healing is founded on Love: The Atonement is the only defense that cannot be used destructively because it is not a device you made. The Atonement principle was in effect long before the Atonement began. The principle was love and the Atonement was an act of love. (T-2.II.4:1-3)
Then the whole process of correction becomes nothing more than a series of pragmatic steps in the larger process of accepting the Atonement as the remedy. These steps may be summarized in this way: Know first that this is fear. Fear arises from lack of love. The only remedy for lack of love is perfect love. Perfect love is the Atonement. I [Jesus] have emphasized that the miracle, or the expression of Atonement, is always a sign of respect from the worthy to the worthy. The recognition of this worth is re-established by the Atonement. (T-2.VI.7:3-8) & (T-2.VI.8:1-2)
The decision to wake is the reflection of the will to love, since all healing involves replacing fear with love. (T-8.IX.5:2)
Real Love is not special; when we Truly Love, we Love every one of God's Sons maximally and equally as God does: You cannot enter into real relationships with any of God's Sons unless you love them all and equally. Love is not special. If you single out part of the Sonship for your love, you are imposing guilt on all your relationships and making them unreal. You can love only as God loves. Seek not to love unlike Him, for there is no love apart from His. Until you recognize that this is true, you will have no idea what love is like. (T-13.X.11:1-6)
The Christ in you remembers God with all the certainty with which He knows His Love. But only if His Son is innocent can He be Love. (T-31.I.9:3-4)
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 divergencies 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. (W-pI.127.Heading) & (W-pI.127.1:all)
The function of Love and the Real World: What God did not give you has no power over you, and the attraction of love for love remains irresistible. For it is the function of love to unite all things unto itself, and to hold all things together by extending its wholeness. The real world [of Loving Oneness] was given you by God in loving exchange for the world you made and the world you see. Only take it from the hand of Christ and look upon it. (T-12.VIII.7:10-11) & (T-12.VIII.8:1-2)
Yet the real world has the power to touch you even here, because you [Truly] love it. And what you call with [Real] love will come to you. Love always answers, being unable to deny a call for help, or not to hear the cries of pain that rise to it from every part of this strange world you made but do not want. All that you need to give this world away in glad exchange for what you did not make is willingness to learn the one you made is false. (T-13.VII.4:all)
The peace of God passeth your understanding only in the past. Yet here it is, and you can understand it now. God loves His Son forever, and His Son returns his Father's Love forever. The real world is the way that leads you to remembrance of the one thing that is wholly true and wholly yours. (T-13.VII.8:1-4)
Love waits on welcome, not on time, and the real world is but your welcome of what always was. (T-13.VII.9:7)
Wanting Real Love Truly: You project onto the ego the decision to separate, and this conflicts with the love you feel for the ego because you made it. No love in this world 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 that truly wants it, but it must want it truly. (T-4.III.4:5-7)
Let us ask the Father in my [Jesus] 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. (T-4.III.6:3-5)
Revelation is the experience of unspeakable Love from God: Revelation is literally unspeakable because it is an experience of unspeakable love. (T-1.II.2:7)
The Real Self is forever Loved and Loving: The Self That God created needs nothing. It is forever complete, safe, loved and loving. It seeks to share rather than to get; to extend rather than project. It has no needs and wants to join with others out of their mutual awareness of abundance. (T-PRE.8:4-7)
You are the work of God, and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving. This is how a man must think of himself in his heart, because this is what he is. (T-1.III.2:3-4)
God is not partial. All His children have His total Love, and all His gifts are freely given to everyone alike. "Except ye become as little children" means that unless you fully recognize your complete dependence on God, you cannot know the real power of the Son in his true relationship with the Father. (T-1.V.3:2-4)
The Loving Vision of the Christ-in-us: The opposite of seeing through the body's eyes is the vision of Christ, which reflects strength rather than weakness, unity rather than separation, and love rather than fear. The opposite of hearing through the body's ears is communication through the Voice for God, the Holy Spirit, which abides in each of us. (T-PRE.11:1-2)
Your mind can be possessed by illusions, but spirit is eternally free. If a mind perceives without love, it perceives an empty shell and is unaware of the spirit within. But the Atonement restores spirit to its proper place. The mind that serves spirit is invulnerable. (T-1.IV.2:8-11)
God's Law of Love: Knowledge is truth, under one law, the law of love or God. Truth is unalterable, eternal and unambiguous. It can be unrecognized, but it cannot be changed. It applies to everything that God created, and only what He created is real. (T-PRE.2:3-6)
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. (T-9.I.9:7-9)
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. (T-10.V.10:6-7)
To give without limit is God's Will for you, because only this can bring you the joy that is His and that He wills to share with you. Your love is as boundless as His because it is His. (T-11.I.6:7-8)
The Kingdom of Heaven is only Love: The Kingdom of Heaven is the spirit's right, whose beauty and dignity are far 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. (T-4.I.12:5-6)
Only the eternal can be loved, for love does not die. What is of God is His forever, and you are of God. (T-10.V.9:1-2)
Love, Happiness and Joy are One Whole state of Mind: To be whole-hearted you must be happy. If fear and love cannot coexist, and if it is impossible to be wholly fearful and remain alive, the only possible whole state is that of love. There is no difference between love and joy. Therefore, the only possible whole state is the wholly joyous. To heal or to make joyous is therefore the same as to integrate and to make one. (T-5.IN.2:1-5)
Love is extension. To withhold the smallest gift is not to know love's purpose. Love offers everything forever. (T-24.I.1:1-3)
And how great will be the joy in Heaven when you join the mighty chorus to the Love of God! (T-26.IV.6:3)
The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love. And They come quickly to the living temple, where a home for Them has been set up. There is no place in Heaven holier. (T-26.IX.6:1-3)
lower: This word is closely associated with the ego and its bodily
levels of the experience of illusion in this world. While we appear to be
separated from Reality our lower thoughts make the physical world of forms.
This is one of the more profound statements in the Course, because it tells us
that somewhere "unconsciously" in our Minds we are manifesting
(making) this physical world, including our bodies, on a moment-by-moment basis.
Even time, in the sense of a past and future, is a belief of the ego. It is
evident that we have this power of manifesting even as separated Sons of
God. Yet it is only unreal forms we are manifesting in these lower levels
of perception and sensory experience. This ever-changing world of form
can, however, be utilized to raise us and our brothers to "higher"
spiritual levels once we move into Right-mindedness through a process of True
forgiveness. It needs to be pointed out here, that in Reality, the concepts of
"higher" and "lower," and "up" and
"down," are fictitious inventions or attributes we give to our world
of unreality. In Fact, we are all equal Sons of God, Living as One in the
Mind of God.
There is a possible catch, though, even in forgiveness. Very often what our ego likes to think of as "forgiveness" is actually a false pardon, because we perceive the other person as on a lower moral ground while we, who believe we are superior, "look down" on them from the moral high ground! This is clearly not True forgiveness, but merely an emotional self-righteous judgment based on false ego-beliefs, so nothing has really changed in the relationship--least of all any healing founded on spiritual equality as Sons of God.
Jesus, who is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, tells us that the Holy Spirit mediates higher to lower communication. Therefore, when we are in a state of Revelation-readiness, Jesus can bring Revelation down to us; note that Revelation always proceeds only from God down to us, and not vice versa.
Miracles always raise our levels of genuine communion, and also abolish our need for lower-order ego and bodily concerns. Jesus states he (not us) will arrange time and space for this At-one-ment process to happen. He does not attack our egos because Spirit never attacks, but he will always work with our higher minds which are the home of the Holy Spirit.
Another important healing concept in this section is what might be called "bottoming out." We are told that, at some point in our lives here, we have to reach the point of realizing there is no hope to be found in any of the idols of this world because none of them (not even "spiritual" idols) will lead us to the lawns of Heaven, the gate of Peace and True Happiness. (See: levels, manifest, form, content, idols, pardon)
Thoughts can represent the lower or bodily level of experience, or the higher or spiritual level of experience. One makes the physical, and the other creates the spiritual. (T-1.I.12:2-3)
Eternity is an idea of God, so the Holy Spirit 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 that is eternal is now. (T-5.III.6:3-5)
loyalty: Although this word occurs only twice in the
Course, the first
two relevant quotations below present a neat synopsis of the whole healing
curriculum, namely, the At-one-ment process and its goal of our ultimate
It can be summarized by asking ourselves, "Do we have a misdirected loyalty to the ego and its erroneous distortions, or do we have an undivided loyalty to the Holy Spirit and the At-one-ment?"
The key idea behind such single-mindedness is to be found in the statement, "I need do nothing," which means that as egos we "do nothing." What the Course constantly advises us to do is to freely accept and implement the At-one-ment Plan of the Holy Spirit, and a superb example of this advice is given below in the last quotation. (See: Atonement, plan, nothing)
The ego's misdirected loyalty to erroneous thoughts and feelings stemming from fear: Error cannot really threaten truth, which can always withstand it. Only the error is actually vulnerable. You are free to establish your kingdom where you see fit, but the right choice is inevitable if you remember this: Spirit is in a state of grace forever. Your [True] reality is only spirit. Therefore you are in a state of grace forever. Atonement undoes all errors in this respect, and thus uproots the source of fear. Whenever you experience God's reassurances as threat, it is always because you are defending misplaced or misdirected loyalty. When you project this to others you imprison them, but only to the extent to which you reinforce errors they have already made. This makes them vulnerable to the distortions of others, since their own perception of themselves is distorted. The miracle worker can only bless them, and this undoes their distortions and frees them from prison. (T-1.III.5:all)
Undivided Loyalty to God's Plan: Here is the ultimate release which everyone will one day find in his own way, at his own time. You do not need this time. Time has been saved for you because you and your brother are together. This is the special means this Course is using to save you time. You are not making use of the Course if you insist on using means which have served others well, neglecting what was made for you. Save time for me [Jesus] by only this one preparation, and practice doing nothing else. "I need do nothing" is a statement of allegiance, a truly undivided loyalty. Believe it for just one instant, and you will accomplish more than is given to a century of contemplation, or of struggle against temptation. To do anything involves the body. And if you recognize you need do nothing, you have withdrawn the body's value from your mind. Here is the quick and open door through which you slip past centuries of effort, and escape from time. (T-18.VII.6:all) & (T-18.VII.7:1-3)
God's Plan and Guarantee: You may wonder how you can be at peace when, while you are in time, there is so much that must be done before the way to peace is open. Perhaps this seems impossible to you. But ask yourself if it is possible that God would have a plan for your salvation that does not work. Once you accept His plan as the one function that you would fulfill, there will be nothing else the Holy Spirit will not arrange for you without your effort. He will go before you making straight your path, and leaving in your way no stones to trip on, and no obstacles to bar your way. Nothing you need will be denied you. Not one seeming difficulty but will melt away before you reach it. You need take thought for nothing, careless of everything except the only purpose that you would fulfill. As that was given you, so will its fulfillment be. God's guarantee will hold against all obstacles, for it rests on certainty and not contingency. It rests on you. And what can be more certain than a Son of God? (T-20.IV.8:all)
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