22 - Salvation & the Holy Relationship
and the Holy Relationship
introduction of reason into the ego’s
thought system is the beginning of its undoing.
For reason and the ego are contradictory. Nor
is it possible for them to co-exist in your
awareness. And reason’s goal is to make
plain, and therefore obvious. You can see reason.
This is not a play on words, for here is the
beginning of a vision that has meaning.
Vision is sense,
it is not the body’s sight, it must be
understood. For it is plain, and what is obvious
is not ambiguous. It can be understood. And
here do reason and the ego separate, to go their
The ego’s whole continuance depends on
its belief you cannot learn this course. Share
this belief, and reason will be unable to see
your errors and make way for their correction.
For reason sees through errors, telling you
what you thought was real is not.
can see the difference between sin and mistakes
because it wants correction. Therefore, it tells
you what you thought was uncorrectable can be
corrected, and thus it must have been an error.
Ego Damns, Reason Saves
ego’s opposition to correction leads to
its fixed belief in sin, and disregard of errors.
It looks on nothing that can be corrected. Thus
does the ego damn, and reason save.
Reason is not salvation in itself, but it makes
way for peace, and brings you to a state of
mind in which salvation can be given you. Sin
is a block, set like a heavy gate, locked and
without a key, across the road to peace. No
one who looks on it without the help of reason
would try to pass it. The body’s eyes
behold it as solid granite, so thick it would
be madness to attempt to pass it. Yet reason
sees through it easily because it is an error.
form it takes cannot conceal its emptiness from
reason’s eyes. Only the form of error
attracts the ego. Meaning it does not recognize,
and does not know if it is there or not.
which the body’s eyes can see is a mistake,
an error in perception, a distorted fragment
of the whole, without the meaning that the whole
would give. And yet mistakes, regardless of
their form, can be corrected.
is but error in a special form the ego venerates.
It would preserve all errors, and make them
sins. For here is its own stability, its heavy
anchor in the shifting world it made; the rock
on which its church is built, and where its
worshippers are bound to bodies, and believe
the body’s freedom is their own. Reason
will tell you that the form of error is not
what makes it a mistake. If what the form conceals
is a mistake, the form cannot prevent correction.
body’s eyes see only form. They cannot
see beyond what they were made to see. And they
were made to look on error, and not see past
it. Theirs is indeed a strange perception, for
they can see only illusions, unable to look
beyond the granite block of sin, and stopping
at the outside form of nothing. To this distorted
form of vision, the outside of everything, the
wall that stands between you and the truth,
is wholly true.