Course in Miracles
29 - The Awakening
is an idol?
you think you know?
idols are unrecognized as such, and never seen for what they really
is the only power which they have. Their purpose is obscure, and
they are feared and worshipped, both, because you do not know what
they are for, and why they have been made.
idol is an image of your brother which you would value more than
what he is.
are made that he may be replaced, no matter what their form. And
it is this which never is perceived and recognized.
a body or
object owned or wanted, or
right demanded or achieved,
is the same.
not their form deceive you.
are but substitutes for your reality.
some way, you believe they will complete your little self, for safety
in a world perceived as dangerous, with forces massed against your
confidence and peace of mind. They have the power to supply your
lacks, and add the value which you do not have.
one believes in idols who has not enslaved himself to littleness
thus must seek beyond his little self for strength to raise his
head, and stand apart from all the misery the world reflects. This
is the penalty for looking not within for certainty and quiet calm
which liberates you from the world, and lets you stand apart, in
quiet and in peace.
idol is a false impression, or a false belief; some form of anti-Christ,
which constitutes a gap between the Christ and what you see.
idol is a wish, made tangible and given form, and thus perceived
as real, and seen outside the mind. Yet it is still a thought, and
cannot leave the mind that is its source. Nor is its form apart
from the idea it represents.
forms of anti-Christ oppose the Christ. And fall before His face
like a dark veil which seems to shut you off from Him, alone in
the light is there. A cloud does not put out the sun. No more a
veil can banish what it seems to separate, nor darken by one whit
the light itself.
This world of idols is a veil across the face of Christ, because
its purpose is to separate your brother from yourself.
dark and fearful purpose, yet a thought without the power to change
one blade of grass from something living to a sign of death.
Its form is nowhere, for its source abides within your mind, where
God abideth not.
is this place where what is everywhere has been excluded, and been
hand could be held up to block God’s way?
voice could make demand He enter not?
“more-than-everything” is not a thing to make you tremble,
and to quail in fear. Christ’s enemy is nowhere. He can take
no form in which he ever will be real.
What is an idol?
must be believed before it seems to come to life, and given power
that it may be feared.
and power are its believer’s gift.
this (life & power) is what the miracle restores to what has
life and power, worthy of the gift of Heaven and eternal peace.
miracle does not restore the truth, the light the veil between has
not put out. It merely lifts the veil and lets the truth shine unencumbered,
being what it is.
does not need belief to be itself, for it has been created, so it
An idol is established by
belief, and when it is withdrawn, the idol “dies.”
is the anti-Christ; the strange idea there is...
power past omnipotence,
place beyond the infinite,
time transcending the eternal.
Here the world of idols has been set by the idea; this power and
place and time are given form and shape the world where the impossible
deathless come to die,
all-encompassing to suffer loss,
timeless to be made the slaves of time.
peace of God, forever given to all living things, give way to
the Son of God, as perfect, sinless and as loving as his Father,
come to hate a little while; to suffer pain, and finally to die
Where is an
idol? Nowhere! Can there be a gap in what is infinite, a place where
time can interrupt eternity? A place ofdarkness set where all is
light, a dismal alcove separated off from what is endless, has no
place to be. An idol is beyond where God has set all things forever,
and has left no room for anything to be except His Will. Nothing
and nowhere must an idol be, while God is everything and everywhere.
has an idol, then? What is it for? This is the only question which
has many answers, each depending on the one of whom the question
has been asked. The world believes in idols. No one comes unless
he worshipped them, and still attempts to seek for one that yet
might offer him a gift reality does not contain. Each worshipper
of idols harbors hope his special deities will give him more than
other men possess. It must be more.
It does not
really matter more of what;
- more beauty,
- more intelligence,
- more wealth,
- more affliction
- more pain.
But more of
something is an idol for. And when one fails another takes its place,
with hope of finding more of something else. Be not deceived by
forms the “something” takes. An idol is a means for
getting more. And it is this that is against God’s Will.
God has not
many sons, but only One. Who can have more, and who be given less?
In Heaven would the Son of God but laugh, if idols could intrude
upon his peace. It is for him the Holy Spirit speaks, and tells
you idols have no purpose here. For more than Heaven can you never
have. If Heaven is within, why would you seek for idols which would
make of Heaven less, to give you more than God bestowed upon your
brother and on you, as one with Him?
you all there is.
And to be
sure you could not lose it, did He also give the same to every living
thing as well. And thus IS every living thing a part of you, as
of Himself. No idol can establish you as more than God. But you
will never be content with being less.