Is it not true you do not
recognize some of the forms attack can take? If it is true
attack in any form will hurt you and will do so just as
much as in another form which you do recognize, then it
must follow that you do not always recognize the source
Its purpose does not change.
Its sole intent is murder, and what form of murder serves
to cover the massive guilt and frantic fear of punishment
the murderer must feel?
He may deny he is a murderer
and justify his savagery with smiles as he attacks. Yet
he will suffer, and will look on his intent in nightmares
where the smiles are gone and where the purpose rises to
meet his horrified awareness and pursue him still. For no
one thinks of murder and escapes the guilt the thought entails.
If the intent is death, what matter the form it takes?
death in any form, however lovely and charitable it may seem
to be, a blessing and a sign the Voice for God speaks through
you to your brother? The
wrapping does not make the gift you give. An empty box, however
beautiful and gently given, still contains nothing. And neither
the receiver nor the giver is long deceived.
from your brother, and you attack him. You give him nothing
and receive of him but what you gave.
Salvation is no compromise of any kind.
To compromise is to accept but part of what you want--to
take a little and give up the rest. Salvation gives up nothing.
It is complete for everyone. Let the idea of compromise
but enter, and the awareness of salvation's purpose is lost
because it is not recognized. It is denied where compromise
has been accepted, for compromise is the belief salvation
(compromise) would maintain you can attack a little, love
a little, and know the difference.
Thus it would teach a little of the
same can still be different, and yet the same remain intact
as one. Does this make sense? Can it be understood?
This course is easy just because it
makes no compromise. Yet it seems difficult to those who
still believe that compromise is possible. They do not see
that, if it is, salvation is attack. Yet it is certain the
belief that salvation is impossible cannot uphold a quiet,
calm assurance it (salvation) has come.
cannot be withheld a little. Nor is it possible to attack
for this and love for that and understand forgiveness.
Would you not want to
recognize assault upon your peace in any form, if only thus
does it become impossible that you lose sight of it? It
(peace) can be kept shining before your vision, forever
clear and never out of sight if you defend it not.
who believe that peace can be defended
and that attack is justified on its behalf cannot perceive
it (peace) lies within them.
could they know? Could they accept forgiveness side by side
with the belief that murder takes some forms by which their
peace is saved? Would they be willing to accept the fact their
savage purpose is directed against themselves? No one unites
with enemies nor is at one with them in purpose. And no one
compromises with an enemy but hates him still for what he
kept from him.
Mistake not truce for peace, nor compromise
for the escape from conflict. To be released from conflict
means that it is over. The door is open; you have left the
battleground. You have not lingered there in cowering hope
because the guns are still an instant and the fear that
haunts the place of death is not apparent that it will not
There is no safety in
You can look down on it in safety from
above and not be touched. But from within it, you can find
no safety. Not one tree left standing still will shelter
you. Not one illusion of protection stands against the faith
stands the body, torn between the natural desire to communicate
and the unnatural intent to murder and to die.
Think you the form that murder takes
can offer safety? Can guilt be absent from a battlefield?
[Do not remain in conflict, for there is no war without