14 - Bringing Illusions to Truth
the essential thing is learning that you do
is power, and all power is of God. You who have
tried to keep power for yourselves have lost it.
You still have the power, but you have interposed
so much between it and your awareness of it that
you cannot use it. Everything you have taught
yourselves has made your power more and more obscure
to you. You know not what it is nor where. You
have made a semblance of power and a show of strength
so pitiful that it must fail you. For power is
not a seeming strength, and truth is
beyond semblance of any kind. Yet all that stands
between you and the power of God in you is but
your learning of the false and your attempts to
undo the true.
willing, then, for all of it to be undone, and
be glad that you are not bound to it forever.
For you have taught yourselves how to imprison
the Son of God, a lesson so unthinkable that only
the insane, in deepest sleep, could even dream
God learn how not to be God? And can His Son,
given all power by Him, learn to be powerless?
What have you taught yourselves that you can
possibly prefer to keep in place of what you
have and what you are?
teaches you how to escape forever from everything
that you have taught yourselves in the past by
showing you only what you are now. Learning has
been accomplished before its effects are manifest.
Learning is therefore in the past, but its influence
determines the present by giving it whatever meaning
it holds for you. Your learning gives the present
no meaning at all. Nothing you have ever learned
can help you understand the present or teach you
how to undo the past. Your past is what you have
taught yourselves. Let it all go.
Do not attempt to understand ...
the light of darkness by which you try to see
can only obscure.
Put no confidence at all in darkness to illuminate
your understanding, for if you do you contradict
the light, and thereby think you see
the darkness. Yet darkness cannot be seen, for
it is nothing more than a condition in which seeing
who have not yet brought all of the darkness you
have taught yourselves unto the light in you can
hardly judge the truth and value of this course.
Yet God did not abandon you. And so you have another
lesson sent from Him, learned for every Child
of light by Him to Whom God gave it. This lesson
shines with God’s glory, for in it lies
His power, which He shares so gladly with His
Learn of His happiness, which is yours. But to
accomplish this, all your dark lessons must be
brought willingly to truth, and joyously laid
down by hands open to receive, not closed to take.
dark lesson that you bring to Him Who teaches
light He will accept from you, because you do
not want it. And He will gladly exchange each
one for the bright lesson He has learned for you.
believe that any lesson you have learned apart
from Him means anything.
You have one test, as sure as God, by which
to recognize if what you learned is true.
you are wholly free of fear of any kind,
and if all those who meet, or
think of you,
in your perfect peace, then
you can be sure that you have learned God’s
lesson and not yours.
all this is true there are dark lessons in
your minds which hurt and hinder you and everyone
absence of perfect peace means but one thing:
think you do not will for God's Son what
His Father wills for him.
dark lesson teaches this in one form or
another. And each bright lesson, with which
the Holy Spirit will replace the dark ones
you do not accept and hide, teaches you
that you will with the Father unto His Son.
not be concerned how you can learn a lesson
so completely different from everything
you have taught yourselves. How would you
part is very simple. You need only recognize
that everything you learned you do not want.
Ask to be taught and do not use your experiences
to confirm what you have learned.
your peace is threatened, or disturbed in any
way, say to yourself,
do not know what anything, including this, means.
And so I do not know how to respond to it. And
I will not use my own past learning as the light
to guide me now.”
By this refusal to attempt to teach yourself what
you do not know, the Guide Whom God has given
you will speak to you. He will take His rightful
place in your awareness the instant you abandon
it and offer it to Him.
cannot be your guide to miracles, for it is you
who made them necessary. And because you did,
the means on which you can depend for miracles
has been provided for you. God's Son can make
no needs His Father will not meet if he but turn
to Him ever so little. Yet He cannot compel His
Son to turn to Him and remain Himself. It is impossible
that God lose His Identity, for if He did, you
would lose yours. And being yours, He cannot change
Himself, for your identity is changeless. The
miracle acknowledges His changelessness by seeing
His Son as he always was and not as he would make
himself. The miracle brings the effects which
only guiltlessness can bring and thus establishes
the fact that guiltlessness must be.
can you, so firmly bound to guilt and committed
so to remain, establish for yourself your
is impossible. But be sure that you are willing
to acknowledge that it is impossible. It is only
because you think that you can run some little
part or deal with certain aspects of your lives
alone that the guidance of the Holy Spirit is
limited. Thus would you make Him undependable
and use this fancied undependability as an excuse
for keeping certain dark lessons from Him. And
by so limiting the guidance that you would accept,
you are unable to depend on miracles to answer
all your problems for you.
Do you think that what the Holy Spirit would have
you give He would withhold from you?
have no problems which He cannot solve by offering
you a miracle.
are for you. And every
have has been undone.
has brought all of them to light, having accepted
them instead of you, and recognized they never
were. There are no dark lessons He has not already
lightened for you. The lessons you would teach
yourselves He has corrected already. They do not
exist in His Mind at all. For the past binds Him
not, and therefore binds not you. He does not
see time as you do. And each miracle He offers
you corrects your use of time, and makes it His.
He Who has freed you from the past would teach
you are free of it. He would but have you accept
His accomplishments as yours because He did them
for you. And because He did, they are yours. He
has made you free of what you made. You can deny
Him, but you cannot call on Him in vain. He always
gives what He has made in place of you. He would
establish His bright teaching so firmly in your
mind that no dark lessons of guilt can abide in
what He has established as holy by His Presence.
Thank God that He is there and works through you.
And all His works are yours. He offers you a miracle
with every one you let Him do through you.
God’s Son will always be indivisible.
As we are held as one in God, so do we learn as
one in Him. God’s Teacher is as like to
His Creator as is His Son, and through His Teacher
does God proclaim His Oneness and His Son’s.
Listen in silence, and do not raise your voice
against Him. For He teaches the miracle of oneness,
and before His lesson division disappears.
like Him here, and you will remember that you
have always created like your Father. The miracle
of creation has never ceased, having the holy
stamp of immortality upon it. This is the Will
of God for all creation, and all creation joins
in willing this.
Those who remember always that they know nothing,
but who have become willing to learn everything,
will learn it. But whenever they trust themselves,
they will not learn.
have destroyed their motivation for learning by
thinking they already know.
not you understand anything until you pass the
test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding
go together, and never can be found alone.
brings the other with it, for it is the law of
God they be not separate. They are cause and effect,
each to the other, so where one is absent the
other cannot be.
those who see they cannot know unless the effects
of understanding (peace) are with them
can really learn at all. And for this, it must
be peace they want, and nothing else.
you think you know, peace will depart from you
because you have abandoned the Teacher of Peace.
Whenever you fully realize that you know not peace
will return, for you will have invited Him to
do so by abandoning the ego on behalf of Him.
not upon the ego for anything. It is only this
that you need do. The Holy Spirit will, of himself,
fill every mind that so makes room for Him.
If you want peace you must abandon the teacher
of attack. The Teacher of peace will never abandon
you. You can desert Him, but He will never reciprocate,
for His faith in you is His understanding. It
is as firm as is His faith in His Creator, and
He knows that faith in His Creator mustencompass
faith in His creation. In this consistency lies
His holiness, which He cannot abandon, for it
is not His Will to do so. With your perfection
ever in His sight, He gives the gift of peace
to everyone who perceives the need for peace,
and who would have it.
way for peace, and it will come. For understanding
is in you, and from it peace must come.
The power of God, from which they both arise,
is yours as surely as it is His. You think you
know Him not only because, alone, it is impossible
to know Him. Yet see the mighty works that He
will do through you, and you must be convinced
you did them through Him. It is impossible to
deny the Source of effects so powerful they could
not be of you.
room for Him, and you will find yourself so
filled with power that nothing will prevail
against your peace. And this will be the test
by which you recognize that you have understood.