Course in Miracles
13 - From Perception to Knowledge
All therapy is release from
the past. That is why the Holy Spirit is the only therapist.
teaches that the past does not exist, a fact which belongs
to the sphere of knowledge and which therefore no one in
the world knows. It would indeed be impossible to be in
the world with this knowledge. For the mind that knows this
unequivocally knows also that it dwells in eternity and
utilizes no perception at all. It therefore does not consider
where it is because the concept "where" does not
mean anything to it. It knows that it is everywhere, just
as it has everything, and forever.
The very real
difference between perception and knowledge becomes quite
apparent if you consider this: There is nothing partial
about knowledge. Every aspect is whole, and therefore no
aspect is separate.
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.
Perception at its loftiest is never complete. Even the perception
of the Holy Spirit, as perfect as perception can be, is
without meaning in Heaven. Perception can reach everywhere
under His guidance, for the vision of Christ beholds everything
in light. Yet no perception, however holy, will last forever.
Perfect perception, then,
has many elements in common with knowledge, making transfer
to it possible.
the last step must be taken by God because the last step
in your redemption, which seems to be in the future, was
accomplished by God in your creation. The separation has
not interrupted it. Creation cannot be interrupted.
separation is merely a faulty formulation of reality with
no effect at all. The miracle, without a function in Heaven,
is needful here. Aspects of reality can still be seen, and
they will replace aspects of unreality. Aspects of reality
can be seen in everything and everywhere. Yet only God can
gather them together by crowning them as one with the final
gift of eternity.
the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit has no function.
He is not separate from either, being in the mind of both
and knowing that Mind is one. He is a Thought of God, and
God has given Him to you because He has no Thoughts He does
not share. His message speaks of timelessness in time, and
that is why Christ's vision looks on everything with love.
Yet even Christ's vision is not His reality. The golden
aspects of reality which spring to light under His loving
gaze are partial glimpses of the Heaven that lies beyond
is the miracle of creation; that it is one forever.
you offer to the Son of God is but the true perception of
one aspect of the whole. Though every aspect is the whole,
you cannot know this until you see that every aspect is
the same, perceived in the same light and therefore one.
Everyone seen without the past thus brings you nearer to
the end of time by bringing healed and healing sight into
the darkness and enabling the world to see. For light must
come into the darkened world to make Christ's vision possible
even here. Help Him to give His gift of light to all who
think they wander in the darkness, and let Him gather them
into His quiet sight that makes them one.
They are all
the same; all beautiful and equal in their holiness. And
He will offer them unto His Father as they were offered
unto Him. There is one miracle, as there is one reality.
And every miracle you do contains them all, as every aspect
of reality you see blends quietly into the One Reality of
only miracle that ever was is God's most holy Son, created
in the One Reality that is his Father. Christ's vision is
His gift to you. His Being is His Father's gift to Him.
Be you content
with healing, for Christ's gift you can bestow, and your
Father's gift you cannot lose. Offer Christ's gift to everyone
and everywhere, for miracles offered the Son of God through
the Holy Spirit attune you to reality. The Holy Spirit knows
your part in the redemption and who are seeking you and
where to find them. Knowledge is far beyond your individual
concern. You, who are part of it and all of it, need only
realize that it is of the Father, not of you. Your role
in the redemption leads you to it by reestablishing its
oneness in your minds.
you have seen your brothers as yourself, you will be released
to knowledge, having learned to free yourself of Him Who
knows of freedom.
me under the holy banner of His teaching, and as we grow
in strength, the power of God's Son will move in us, and
we will leave no one untouched and no one left alone. And
suddenly time will be over, and we will all unite in the
eternity of God the Father. The holy light you saw outside
yourself in every miracle you offered to your brothers will
be returned to you. And knowing that the light is in you,
your creations will be there with you, as you are in your
in this world join you to your brothers, so do your creations
establish your fatherhood in Heaven. You are the witnesses
to the Fatherhood of God, and He has given you the power
to create the witnesses to your fatherhood in Heaven. The
miracle which God created is perfect, as are the miracles
which you created in His name. They need no healing, nor
do you when you know them.
in this world, your perfection is unwitnessed. God knows
it, but you do not, and so you do not share His witness
to it. Nor do you witness unto Him, for reality is witnessed
to as one.
waits your witness
to His Son and to Himself.
miracles you do on earth are lifted up to Heaven and to
Him. They witness to what you do not know, and as they reach
the gates of Heaven, God will open them. For never would
He leave His own beloved Son outside them and beyond Himself.