Course in Miracles
10 - God and the Ego
Either God or the ego is insane. If you
will examine the evidence on both sides fairly, you will realize
that this must be true.
Neither God nor the ego proposes a partial thought system. Each
is internally consistent, but they are diametrically opposed in
all respects, so that partial allegiance is impossible. Remember,
too, that their results are as different as their foundations, and
their fundamentally irreconcilable natures cannot be reconciled
by your vacillations.
is fatherless, for life is creation. Therefore, your decision is
always an answer to the question, “Who is my father?”
And you will be faithful to the father you choose.
would you say to someone who really believed this question involves
conflict? If you made the ego, how can the ego have made you? The
authority problem remains the only source of perceived conflict,
because the ego was made out of the wish of God’s Son to father
The ego, then,
is nothing more than a delusional system, in which you made your
own father. Make no mistake about this. It sounds insane when it
is stated with perfect honesty, but the ego never looks upon what
it does with perfect honesty. Yet that is its insane premise, which
is carefully hidden in the dark cornerstone of its thought system.
And either the ego, which you made, is your father, or its whole
thought system will not stand.
You have made
by projection, but God has created 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 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.
light fearlessly with you, and hold it up to the foundation of the
ego’s thought system bravely. 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 rests on meaninglessness, and that everything of which you have
been afraid was based on nothing.
you are part of God and part of me. When you have at last looked
at the ego’s foundation without shrinking, you will also
have looked upon ours. I
come to you from our Father to offer you everything again. Do
not refuse it in order to keep a dark cornerstone hidden, for
its protection will not save you. I give you the lamp and I will
go with you.
not take this journey alone. I will lead you to your true Father,
Who hath need of you, as I have. Will
you not answer the call of love with joy?
You have learned
your need of healing. Would you bring anything else to the Sonship,
recognizing your need of healing for yourself? For in this lies
the beginning of knowledge; the foundation on which God will help
you build again the thought system which you share with Him. Not
one stone you place upon it but will be blessed by Him, for you
will be restoring the holy dwelling place of His Son, where He wills
His Son to be, and where he is. In
whatever part of the mind of God’s Son you restore this reality,
you restore it to yourself, for 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 universe is Himself. Can you exclude yourself from
the universe, or from God Who is the universe? I and my Father are
one with you, for you are part of us. Do
you really believe that part of God can be missing or lost to Him?
If you were
not part of God, His Will would not be unified. Is this conceivable?
Can part of His Mind contain nothing? If your place in His Mind
cannot be filled by anyone except you, and your filling it was your
creation, without you, there would be an empty place in God’s
cannot be blocked and it has no voids. It continues forever, however
much it is denied. Your denial of its reality arrests it in time,
but not in eternity. That is why your creations have not ceased
to be extended, and why so much is waiting for your return.
possible only in time, but time has no meaning. 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, nor 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? 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.
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, and your
closed eyes have not 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 which is yours forever, yet you could keep
it only by giving it, as it was given you. Could you be alone there,
if it was given you because God did not will to be alone? God’s
Mind cannot be lessened. It can only be increased, and 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 which is His,
and which He wills to share with you. Your love is as boundless
as His, because it is His.
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. Your fatherhood and your Father are One. God
willed to create, and your will is His. It follows, then, that you
will to create, since your will follows from His, and being an extension
of His Will, yours must be the same.
Yet what you
will, you do not know. This is not strange when you realize that
to deny is to “not know” it. God’s Will is that
you are His Son. By denying this, you denied your own will, and
not know what it is. The reason you must ask what God’s Will
is in everything is merely 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. Whenever what
the Holy Spirit tells you appears to be coercive, it is
only because you do not recognize (know) your own will.
of the ego makes it appear as if God’s Will is outside yourself,
and therefore not yours. In this interpretation, it is possible
for God’s Will and yours to conflict. God, then, may seem
to demand of you what you do not want to give, and thus deprive
you of what you want. Would God, Who wants only your will, be capable
of this? Your will is His Life, which He has given to you. Even
in time you cannot live apart from Him, for sleep is not death.
What He created
can sleep, but it cannot die.
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.
be happy unless you do what you will (want to do) truly, and you
cannot change this because it is immutable. It is immutable by God’s
Will and yours, for otherwise His Will would not have been extended.
You are afraid
to know God’s Will, because you believe it is not yours. This
belief is your whole sickness and your whole fear. Every symptom
of sickness and fear arises here, because this is the belief that
makes you want not to know. Believing
this, you hide in darkness, denying that the Light is in you.
You are asked
to trust the Holy Spirit only because He speaks for you. He is the
Voice for God, but never forget that God did not will to be alone.
He shares His Will with you; He does not thrust It upon you. Always
remember that what He gives He holds, so that nothing He gives can
contradict Him. You who share His Life must share it to know it,
for sharing is knowing.
are you who learn that to hear the Will of your Father is to
know your own.
For it is
your will to be like Him, Whose Will it is that it be so. God’s
Will is that His Son be one, and united with Him in His Oneness.
That is why healing is the beginning of the recognition that your
will is His.