Course in Miracles
30 - The New Beginning
Appearances deceive, but can be changed.
is changeless. It does not deceive at all.
if you fail to see beyond appearances, you are deceived. For everything
you see will change, and yet you thought it real before, and now
you think it real again.
Reality is thus reduced to form
and capable of change.
this that makes it real and keeps it separate from all appearances.
It must transcend all form to be itself. It cannot change.
is means to demonstrate that all appearances can change because
they are appearances, and cannot have the changelessness reality
The miracle attests
salvation from appearances by showing they can change.
has a changelessness in him beyond appearance and deception, both.
It is obscured by changing views of him which you perceive as his
The happy dream about him takes
the form of the appearance of
perfect freedom from all forms of lack, and
from disaster of all kinds.
is proof he is not bound by loss or suffering in any form, because
it can so easily be changed. This demonstrates that it was never
real and could not stem from his reality, for that is changeless
and has no effects which anything in Heaven or on earth could ever
alter. But appearances are shown to be unreal because they change.
temptation but a wish to make illusions real?
not seem to be the wish that no reality be so. Yet it is an assertion
that some forms of idols have a powerful appeal which makes them
harder to resist than those you would not want to have reality.
then, is nothing more than this...
the miracle touch not some dreams, but keep their unreality obscure
and give to them reality instead.
And Heaven gives no answer to the prayer, nor can a miracle
be given you to heal appearances you do not like.
have established limits. What you ask is given you, but not of God
Who knows no limits. You have limited yourself.
but show what you have interposed between reality and your awareness
is unreal, and does not interfere at all.
The cost of
the belief there must be some appearances beyond the hope of change
is that the miracle cannot come forth from you consistently, for
you have asked it be withheld from power to heal all dreams.
is no miracle you cannot have when you desire healing.
there is no miracle that can be given you unless you want
Choose what you would heal, and He Who gives all
miracles has not been given freedom to bestow His gifts upon God’s
hen he is tempted, he denies reality. And he becomes
the willing slave of what he chose instead.
reality is changeless, is a miracle already there to heal all things
that change, and offer them to you to see in happy form, devoid
It will be given you to look upon your brother
thus, but not while you would have it otherwise in some respects.
For this but means you would not have him healed and whole.
Christ in him is perfect.
Is it this that you would
let there be no dreams about him which you would prefer to seeing
this. And you will see the Christ in him because you ley Him come
to you. And when He has appeared to you, you will be certain you
are like Him, for He is the changeless in your brother and in you.
you look upon when you decide there is not one appearance you would
hold in place of what your brother really is. Let no temptation
to prefer a dream allow uncertainty to enter here. Be not made guilty
and afraid when you are tempted by a dream of what he is. But do
not give it power to replace the changeless in him in your sight
of him. There is no false appearance but will fade, if you request
a miracle instead. There is no pain from which he is not free, if
you would have him be but what he is.
should you fear to see the Christ in him?
behold yourself in what you see. As he is healed are you made free
of guilt, for his appearance IS your own to you.