Course in Miracles
13 - From Perception to Knowledge
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. The Holy Spirit cannot teach without
this contrast, for you believe that misery is happiness. This has
so confused you that you have undertaken to learn to do what you
can never do, believing that unless you learn it, you will not be
do not realize that the foundation on which this most peculiar learning
goal depends means absolutely nothing. It does make sense to you.
in nothing, and you will find the “treasure” that you
sought. Yet you will add another burden to your mind, already burdened
or you would not have sought another. You will believe that nothing
is of value, and will value it.
- A little piece of glass,
- a speck of dust,
- a body or
- a war
are one to you. For if you
value one thing made of nothing, you have believed that nothing
can be precious, and that you can learn how to make the untrue true.
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
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. The contrast between
what is true and what is not is perfectly apparent, yet you do not
and the obvious are not apparent to those who would make palaces
and royal robes of nothing, believing they are kings with golden
crowns because of them. All this the Holy Spirit sees, and teaches,
simply, that all this is not true. To these unhappy learners who
would teach themselves nothing and delude themselves into believing
that it is not nothing, the Holy Spirit says, with steadfast quietness:
truth is true. Nothing else matters, nothing else is real, and
everything beside it is not there. Let
Me make the one distinction for you which you cannot make but
need to learn. Your faith in nothing is deceiving you. Offer your
faith to Me, and I will place it gently in the holy place where
it belongs. You will find no deception there, but only the simple
truth. And you will love it because you will understand it.”
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. They will be happy learners of the lesson which this
light brings to them because it teaches them release from nothing
and from all the works of nothing. The heavy chains which seem to
bind them unto despair they do not see as nothing until you bring
the light to them. And then they see the chains have disappeared,
and so they must have been nothing. And you will see it with them.
Because you taught them gladness and release, they will become your
teachers in release and gladness.
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 happy
learners. You will never learn how to make nothing everything. Yet
see that this has been your goal, and recognize how foolish it has
Be glad it
is undone, for when you look at it in simple honesty, it IS undone.
We said before,
content with nothing,”
for you have
believed that nothing could content you. It is not so.
you would be a happy learner, you must give everything that
you have learned over to the Holy Spirit to be unlearned for
you. And then begin to learn the joyous lessons that come
quickly on the firm foundation that truth is true. For what
is builded there is true, and built on truth.
universe of learning will open up before you in all its gracious
simplicity. With truth before you, you will not look back.
happy learner meets the conditions of learning here, as he also
meets the conditions of knowledge in the Kingdom.
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.
else could ever be, or ever was?
simple lesson holds the key to the dark door which you believe is
made this door of nothing, and behind it is nothing.
key is only the light which shines away the shapes and forms and
fears of nothing.
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 to darkness.
For, like your brothers, you do not realize the light has come,
and freed you from the sleep of darkness.
Behold your brothers in their freedom, and learn of them how to
be free of darkness.
light in you will waken them, and they will not leave you asleep.
vision of Christ is given the very instant that it is perceived.
Where everything is clear it is all holy.
quietness of its simplicity is so compelling that you will realize
it is impossible to deny the simple truth. For there is nothing
is everywhere, and His Son is in Him with everything.
he sing the dirge of sorrow when this is true?