Course in Miracles
15 - The Purpose of Time
Instant and Communication
Beyond the poor attraction of the special
love relationship and always obscured by it is the powerful attraction
of the Father for His Son. There is no other love that can satisfy
you, because there is no other love. This is the only love that
is fully given and fully returned. Being complete, it asks nothing.
Being wholly pure, everyone joined in it has everything. This is
not the basis for any relationship in which the ego enters. For
every relationship on which the ego embarks is special.
ego establishes relationships only to get something. And it would
keep the giver bound to itself through guilt.
It is impossible
for the ego to enter into any relationship without anger, for the
ego believes that anger makes friends. This is not its statement,
but it is its purpose. For the ego really believes that it can get
and keep by making guilty. This is its one attraction; an attraction
so weak that it would have no hold at all, except that no one recognizes
it. For the ego always seems to attract through love and has no
attraction at all to anyone who perceives that it attracts through
The sick attraction
of guilt must be recognized for what it is. For having been made
real to you, it is essential to look at it clearly, and by withdrawing
your investment in it, to learn to let it go. No one would choose
to let go what he believes has value. Yet the attraction of guilt
has value to you only because you have not looked at what it is
and have judged it completely in the dark. As we bring it to light,
your only question will be why it was you ever wanted it. You have
nothing to lose by looking open-eyed at this, for ugliness such
as this belongs not in your holy mind. The host of God can have
no real investment here.
We said before that
the ego attempts to maintain and increase guilt, but in such a way
that you do not recognize what it would do to you. For it is the
ego's fundamental doctrine that what you do to others, you have
The ego wishes no
one well. Yet its survival
depends on your belief that you are exempt from its evil intentions.
It counsels, therefore,
that if you are host to it, it will enable you to direct the anger
that it holds outward, thus protecting you. And thus it embarks
on an endless, unrewarding chain of special relationships, forged
out of anger and dedicated to but one insane belief—that the
more anger you invest outside yourself, the safer you become.
It is this chain
that binds the Son of God to guilt, and it is this chain the Holy
Spirit would remove from his holy mind. For the chain of savagery
belongs not around the chosen host of God, who cannot make himself
host to the ego. In the name of his release, and in the name of
Him Who would release him, let us look more closely at the relationships
which the ego contrives, and let the Holy Spirit judge them truly.
For it is certain that, if you will look at them, you will offer
them gladly to Him. What He can make of them, you do not know, but
you will become willing to find out if you are willing, first, to
perceive what you have made of them.
In one way or another,
every relationship which the ego makes is based on the idea that
by sacrificing itself, it becomes bigger.
which it regards as purification, is actually the root of its bitter
resentment. For it would much prefer to attack directly and avoid
delaying what it really wants. Yet the ego acknowledges "reality"
as it sees it and recognizes that no one could interpret direct
attack as love. Yet to make guilty is direct attack but does not
seem to be. For the guilty expect attack, and having asked for it,
they are attracted to it.
In these insane relationships,
the attraction of what you do not want seems to be much stronger
than the attraction of what you do. For each one thinks that he
has sacrificed something to the other and hates him for it. Yet
this is what he thinks he wants. He is not in love with the other
at all. He merely believes he is in love with sacrifice. And for
this sacrifice, which he demanded of himself, he demands the other
accept the guilt and sacrifice himself as well. Forgiveness becomes
impossible, for the ego believes that to forgive another is to lose
him. For it is only by attack without forgiveness that the ego can
ensure the guilt which holds all its relationships together.
Yet they only seem
to be together. For relationships, to the ego, mean only that bodies
are together. It is always physical closeness that the ego demands,
and it does not object where the mind goes or what it thinks, for
this seems unimportant. As long as the body is there to receive
its sacrifice, it is content.
To the ego, the mind
is private, and only the body can be shared.
Ideas are basically
of no concern, except as they draw the body of another closer or
farther. And it is in these terms that it evaluates ideas as good
or bad. What makes another guilty and holds him through guilt is
"good." What releases him from guilt is "bad,"
because he would no longer believe that bodies communicate, and
so he would be "gone."
Suffering and sacrifice
are the gifts with which the ego would "bless" all unions.
And those who are united at its altar accept suffering and sacrifice
as the price of union. In their angry alliances, born of the fear
of loneliness and yet dedicated to the continuance of loneliness,
they seek relief from guilt by increasing it in the other. For they
believe that this decreases it in them. The other seems always to
be attacking and wounding them, perhaps in little ways, perhaps
"unconsciously," yet never without demand of sacrifice.
The fury of those
joined at the ego's altar far exceeds your awareness of it.
For what the ego really
wants, you do not realize.
Whenever you are angry,
you can be sure that you have formed a special relationship which
the ego has "blessed," for anger is its blessing. Anger
takes many forms (fear, worry, depression,
anxiety, anger, hatred, jealousy), but it cannot long deceive those
who will learn that love brings no guilt at all, and what brings
guilt cannot be love and must be anger. All anger is nothing more
than an attempt to make someone feel guilty, and this attempt is
the only basis which the ego accepts for special relationships.
Guilt is the only need the ego has, and as long as you identify
with it, guilt will remain attractive to you.
Yet remember this—to
be with a body is not communication. And if you think it is, you
will feel guilty about communication and will be afraid to hear
the Holy Spirit, recognizing in His voice your own need to communicate.
The Holy Spirit cannot teach
through fear. And how can He communicate with you while you believe
that to communicate is to make yourself alone? It is clearly insane
to believe that by communicating you will be abandoned. And yet
you do believe it. For you think that your minds must be kept private
or you will lose them, and if your bodies are together your minds
remain your own. The union of bodies thus becomes the way in which
you would keep minds apart. For bodies cannot forgive. They can
only do as the mind directs.
The illusion of the
autonomy of the body and its ability to overcome loneliness is but
the working of the ego's plan to establish its own autonomy.
As long as you believe
that to be with a body is companionship, you will be compelled to
attempt to keep your brother in his body, held there by guilt.
And you will see safety
in guilt and danger in communication. For the ego will always teach
that loneliness is solved by guilt and that communication is the
cause of loneliness. And despite the evident insanity of this lesson,
you have learned it.
in communication as surely as damnation lies in guilt.
It is the Holy Spirit's
teaching function to instruct those who believe that communication
is damnation that communication is salvation. And He will do so,
for the power of God in Him and you is joined in real relationship,
so holy and so strong that it can overcome even this without fear.
It is through the holy instant that what seems impossible is accomplished,
making it evident that it is not impossible. In the holy instant,
guilt holds no attraction, since communication has been restored.
And guilt, whose only purpose is to disrupt communication, has no
Here there is no concealment
and no private thoughts. The willingness to communicate attracts
communication to it and overcomes loneliness completely. There is
complete forgiveness here, for there is no desire to exclude anyone
from your completion in sudden recognition of the value of his part
in it. In the protection of your wholeness, all are invited and
made welcome. And you understand that your completion is God's,
Whose only need is to have you be complete. For your completion
makes you His in your awareness. And here it is that you experience
yourself as you were created and as you are.