Course in Miracles
13 - From Perception to Knowledge
Testimony of Miracles
Yes, you are blessed indeed. Yet
in this world you do not know it. But
you have the means for learning it and seeing it quite clearly.
Holy Spirit uses logic as easily and as well as does the ego, except
that His conclusions are not insane. They take a direction exactly
opposite, pointing as clearly to Heaven as the ego points to darkness
and to death. We
have followed much of the ego’s logic, and have seen its logical
conclusions. And having seen them, we have realized that they can
not be seen but in illusions, for there alone their seeming clearness
seems to be clearly seen.
us now turn away from them, and follow the simple logic by which
the Holy Spirit teaches you the simple conclusions that speak for
truth, and only truth.
you are blessed and do not know it, you need to learn it must be
so. The knowledge is not taught, but its conditions must be acquired,
for it is they that have been thrown away. You can learn to bless,
and cannot give what you have not. If, then, you offer blessing,
it must have come first to yourself. And you must also have accepted
it as yours, for how else could you give it away?
is why your miracles offer you the testimony that you are blessed.
what you offer is complete forgiveness, you must have let guilt
go, accepting the Atonement for yourself and learning you are guiltless.
How could you learn what has been done for you, but which you do
not know, unless you do what you would have to do if it had been
done unto you?
proof of truth is needed in a world made of denial and without direction.
You will perceive the need for this if you will realize that to
deny is the decision not to know. The logic of the world must therefore
lead to nothing, for its goal is nothing.
decide to have and give and be nothing except a dream, you must
direct your thoughts unto oblivion. And if you have and give and
are everything, and all this has been denied, your thought system
is closed off, and wholly separated from the truth.
Is An Insane World
is an insane world, and do not underestimate the actual extent of
its insanity. There is no area of your perception that it has not
touched, and your dream is sacred to you. That is why God placed
the Holy Spirit in you, where you placed the dream.
is always outward. Were your thoughts wholly of you, the thought
system which you made would be forever dark. The thoughts which
the mind of God’s Son projects have all the power that he
gives to them. The thoughts he shares with God are beyond his belief,
but those he made are his beliefs. And it is these, and not the
truth, that he has chosen to defend and love. They will not be taken
from him. But they can be given up by him, for the Source of their
undoing is in him. There is nothing in the world to teach him that
the logic of the world is totally insane, and leads to nothing.
Yet in him who made this insane logic there is One Who knows it
leads to nothing, for He knows everything.
direction which will lead you where the Holy Spirit leads you not
Anything you deny
which He knows to be true you have denied yourself, and He must therefore
teach you not to deny it.
is indirect, as doing is. You were created only to create, neither
to see nor do.
are but indirect expressions of the will to live, which has been blocked
by the capricious and unholy whim of death and murder that your Father
shared not with you.
have set yourselves the task of sharing what can not be shared. And
while you think it possible to learn to do this, you will not believe
all that is possible to learn to do.
The Holy Spirit, therefore, must begin His teaching by showing you
what you can never learn.
message is not indirect, but He must introduce the simple truth
into a thought system which has become so twisted and so complex
that you cannot see that it means nothing.
merely looks at its foundation and dismisses it. But you who cannot
undo what you have made cannot see through it. It deceives you because
you chose to deceive yourselves.
who choose to be deceived will merely attack direct approaches,
which would seem but to encroach upon deception and strike at it.