Course in Miracles
17 - Forgiveness & Healing
and Distorted Perception
betrayal of the Son of God lies only in illusions, and all his “sins”
are but his own imagining. His
reality is forever sinless. He need not be forgiven, awakened. In
his dreams he has betrayed himself, his brothers and his God. Yet
what is done in dreams has not been really done. It is impossible
to convince the dreamer that this is so, for dreams are what they
are because of their illusion of reality. Only in waking is the
full release from them, for only then does it become perfectly apparent
that they had no effect on reality at all and did not change it.
Fantasies change reality. That is their purpose. They cannot do
so in reality, but they can do so in the mind that would have reality
It is, then,
only your wish to change reality that is fearful because by your
wish you think you have accomplished what you wish.
position in a sense acknowledges your power. Yet by distorting it,
and devoting it to “evil,” it also makes it unreal.
be faithful to two masters who ask of you conflicting things. What
you use in fantasy you deny to truth. Yet what you give to truth
to use for you is safe from fantasy.
When you maintain
that there must be order of difficulty in miracles, all you mean
is that there are some things you would withhold from truth. You
believe that truth cannot deal with them only because you would
keep them from truth.
your lack of faith in the power that heals all pain arises from
your wish to retain some aspects of reality for fantasy.
If you but
realized what this must do to your appreciation of the whole! What
you reserve unto yourself, you take away from Him Who would release
you. Unless you give it back, it is inevitable that your perspective
on reality be warped and uncorrected.
As long as
you would have it so, so long will the illusion of order of difficulty
in miracles remain with you. For you have established this order
in reality by giving some of it to one teacher and some to another.
And so you learn to deal with part of truth in one way and in another
way the other part. To fragment truth is to destroy it by rendering
it meaningless. Orders of reality is a perspective without understanding,
a frame of reference for reality to which it cannot really be compared
that you can bring truth to fantasy and learn what truth means
from the perspective of illusions?
no meaning in illusion. The frame of reference for its meaning must
be itself. When you try to bring truth to illusions, you are trying
to make illusions real and keep them by justifying your belief in
them. But to give illusions to truth is to enable truth to teach
that the illusions are unreal and thus enable you to escape from
them. Reserve not one idea aside from truth, or you establish orders
of reality which must imprison you. There is no order in reality
because everything there is true.
then, to give all you have held outside the truth to Him who knows
the truth and in Whom all is brought to truth. [Salvation from separation
will be complete or will be not at all.] Be not concerned with anything
except your willingness to have this be accomplished. He will accomplish
it; not you.
When you become
disturbed and lose your peace of mind because another is attempting
to solve his problems through fantasy, you are refusing to forgive
yourself for just this same attempt. And you are holding both of
you away from truth and from salvation. As you forgive him, you
restore to truth what was denied by both of you. And you will see
forgiveness where you have given it.