Course in Miracles
10 - God and the Ego
It is impossible not to believe what
you see, but it is equally impossible to see what you do not believe.
are built up on the basis of experience, and experience leads to
beliefs. It is not until beliefs are fixed that perceptions stabilize.
effect, then, what you believe you do see. That is what I meant
when I said,
are ye who have not seen and still believe” John
20:29, for those who believe in the resurrection will
resurrection is the complete triumph of Christ over the ego, not
by attack, but by transcendence, for Christ does rise above the
ego and all its works, and ascends to the Father and His Kingdom.
you join in the resurrection or the crucifixion? Would you condemn
your brothers or free them? Would you transcend your prison and
ascend to the Father? For these questions are all the same, and
are answered together.
has been much confusion about what perception means, because the
same word is used both for awareness
the interpretation of awareness. Yet
you cannot be aware without interpretation, and what you perceive
is your interpretation.
course is perfectly clear. You do not see it clearly because you
are interpreting against it, and therefore do not believe it, and
if belief determines perception, you do not perceive what it means
and therefore do not accept it.
different experiences lead to different beliefs, and experience
teaches. I am leading you to a new kind of experience which you
will become less and less willing to deny. Learning of Christ is
easy, for to perceive with Him involves no strain at all. His perceptions
are your natural awareness, and it is only distortions which you
introduce that tire you. Let
the Christ in you interpret for you.And do not try to limit what
you see by narrow little beliefs which are unworthy of God’s
Son, for until Christ comes into His Own, the Son of God WILL see
himself as fatherless.
I 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.
you, then, perceive unworthiness in a brother and not perceive it
in yourself? And can you perceive it in yourself and not perceive
it in God?
in the resurrection because it has been accomplished, and it has
been accomplished in you. This is as true now as it will ever be,
for the resurrection is the Will of God, Which knows no time and
no exceptions. But make no exceptions yourself, or you will not
perceive what has been accomplished for you; for we ascend unto
the Father together, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever
shall be, for such is the nature of God’s Son as His Father
not underestimate the power of the devotion of God’s Son,
nor the power of the god he worships over him, for he places himself
at the altar of his god, whether it be the god he made or the God
Who created him. That is why his slavery is as complete as his freedom,
for he will obey only the god he accepts. The
god of the crucifixion demands that he crucify, and his worshippers
obey. In his name they crucify themselves, believing that the power
of the Son of God is born of sacrifice and pain.
God of the resurrection demands nothing, for He does not will to
take away. He does not require obedience, for obedience implies
submission. He would only have you learn your own will and follow
it, not in the spirit of sacrifice and submission, but in the gladness
Resurrection must compel your allegiance gladly because it is the
symbol of joy. Its whole compelling power lies in the fact that
it represents what you want to be.
freedom to leave behind everything that
be thrust upon you, but it can be offered you through the grace
you can accept it by His grace, for God is gracious to His Son,
accepting him without question as His Own.
then, is your own? The Father has given you all that is His, and
He Himself is yours with them. Guard them in their resurrection,
for otherwise you will not awake in God, safely surrounded by what
is yours forever.
will not find peace until you have removed the nails from the hands
of God’s Son and taken the last thorn from his forehead. The
Love of God surrounds His Son whom the god of the crucifixion condemns.
not that I died in vain.
rather that I did not die by demonstrating that I live in you, for
the undoing of the crucifixion of God’s Son is the work of
the redemption, in which everyone has a part of equal value. God
does not judge His blameless Son. Having given Himself to him, how
could it be otherwise?
You have nailed
yourself to a cross and placed a crown of thorns upon your own head.
you cannot crucify God’s Son, for the Will of God cannot die.
His Son has been redeemed from his own crucifixion, and you cannot
assign to death whom God has given eternal life. The dream of crucifixion
still lies heavy on your eyes, but what you see in dreams is not
reality. While you perceive the Son of God as crucified you are
asleep. And as long as you believe that you can crucify him you
are only having nightmares. You, who are beginning to wake, are
still aware of dreams and have not yet forgotten them. The
forgetting of dreams and the awareness of Christ comes with the
awakening of others to share your redemption.
will awaken to your own call, for the Call to awake is within you.
If I 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
not set limits on what you believe I can do through you, or you
will not accept what I can do for you. For it is done already, and
unless you give all that you have received, you will not know that
your Redeemer liveth and that you have awakened with Him. Redemption
is recognized only by sharing it.
Son is saved.
only this awareness to the Sonship, and you will have a part in
the redemption as valuable as mine, for your part must be like mine
if you learn it of me. If you believe that yours is limited, you
are limiting mine. There is no order of difficulty in miracles,
because all of God’s Sons are of equal value, and their equality
is their Oneness. The whole power of God is in every part of Him,
and nothing contradictory to His Will is either great or small.
What does not exist has no size and no measure. To God all things
are possible, and to Christ it is given to be like the Father.