Course in Miracles
24 - Specialness & Separation
Specialness is a lack of trust in anyone
except yourself. Faith
is invested in yourself alone. Everything else becomes your enemy...
feared and attacked,
and worthy only of destruction.
gentleness it offers is but deception; but its hate is real. In
danger of destruction it must kill, and you are drawn to it to kill
it first. And
such is guilt’s attraction. Here is death enthroned as savior;
crucifixion is now redemption, and salvation can only mean destruction
of the world, except yourself.
could the purpose of the body be but specialness? And it is this
(specialness) that makes it frail and helpless in its own defense.
It was conceived to make you frail and helpless. The goal of separation
is its curse. Yet bodies have no goal. Purpose
is of the mind, and minds can change as they desire. What they are,
and all their attributes, they cannot change. But what they hold
as purpose can be changed, and body states must shift accordingly.
the body can do nothing.
it as means to hurt, and it is hurt.
it as means to heal, and it is healed.
can but hurt yourself. This has been oft repeated, but is difficult
to grasp as yet. To minds intent on specialness it is impossible.
Yet to those who wish to heal and not attack it is quite obvious.
The purpose of attack is in the mind, and its effects are felt but
where it is. Nor is mind limited; so must it be that harmful purpose
hurts the mind as one. Nothing
could make less sense to specialness. Nothing could make more sense
to miracles. For miracles are merely change of purpose from hurt
shift in purpose does “endanger” specialness, but only
in the sense that all illusions are “threatened” by
the truth. They will not stand before it. Yet
what comfort has ever been in them (illusions), that you would keep
the gift your Father asks from Him, and give it there instead? Given
to Him, the universe is yours. Offered to them (illusions), no gifts
can be returned. What you have given specialness has left you bankrupt,
and your treasure house barren and empty, with an open door inviting
everything that would disturb your peace to enter and destroy.
Long ago we said consider not the means by which salvation is attained,
nor how to reach it. But do consider, and consider well, whether
it is your wish that you might see your brother sinless. To
specialness the answer must be “no.” A
sinless brother is its enemy, while sin, if it were possible, would
be its friend. Your brother’s sins would justify itself (specialness),
and give it meaning that the truth denies.
that is real proclaims his sinlessness.
that is false proclaims his sins as real.
is sinful, then is your reality not real, but just a dream of specialness
which lasts an instant, crumbling into dust.
Do not defend
this senseless dream, in which God is bereft of what He loves, and
you remain beyond salvation. Only
this is certain in this shifting world which has no meaning in reality...
is not with you entirely, and when you suffer pain of any kind,
you have beheld some sin within your brother, and have rejoiced
at what you thought was there.
seemed safe because of it (brother's sin). And thus you saved what
you appointed to be your savior, and crucified the one whom God
has given you instead. So are you bound with him, for you are one.
And so is specialness his “enemy,” and yours as well.