Course in Miracles
30 - The New Beginning
real world is the state of mind in which the only purpose of the
world is seen to be forgiveness. Fear
is not its goal, and the escape from guilt becomes its aim. The
value of forgiveness is perceived and takes the place of idols,
which are sought no longer, for their “gifts” are not
held dear. No rules are idly set, and no demands are made of anyone
or anything to twist and fit into the dream of fear.
Instead, there is
a wish to understand all things created as they really are. And
it is recognized that all things must be first forgiven, and then
Here (ego world of
perception), it is thought that understanding is acquired by attack.
There (in the real world), it is clear that by attack is understanding
lost. The folly of pursuing guilt as goal is fully recognized. And
idols are not wanted there, for guilt is understood as the sole
cause of pain in any form. No one is tempted by its (guilt's) vain
appeal, for suffering and death have been perceived as things not
wanted and not striven for. The possibility of freedom has been
grasped and welcomed, and the means by which it can be gained can
now be understood.
The world becomes
a place of hope, because its only purpose is to be a place where
hope of happiness can be fulfilled. And no one stands outside this
hope, because the world has been united in belief the purpose of
the world is one which all must share, if hope be more than just
yet is Heaven quite remembered, for the purpose of forgiveness still
remains. Yet everyone is certain
he will go beyond forgiveness, and he but remains until it is made
perfect in himself. He has no wish for anything but this. And fear
has dropped away, because he is united in his purpose with himself.
There is a hope of
happiness in him so sure and constant he can barely stay, and wait
a little longer with his feet still touching earth. Yet is he glad
to wait till every hand is joined, and every heart made ready to
arise and go with him, for thus is he made ready for the step in
which is all forgiveness left behind.
The final step is
God’s, because it is but God Who could create a perfect Son,
and share His Fatherhood with him. No one outside of Heaven knows
how this can be, for understanding this is Heaven itself. Even the
real world has a purpose still beneath creation and eternity. But
fear is gone, because its purpose is forgiveness, not idolatry.
And so is Heaven’s Son prepared to be Himself, and to remember
that the Son of God knows everything his Father understands, and
understands it perfectly with Him.
The real world still
falls short of this, for this is God’s Own purpose; only His,
and yet completely shared and perfectly fulfilled. The real world
is a state in which the mind has learned how easily do idols go
when they are still perceived, but wanted not. How willingly the
mind can let them go when it has understood that idols are nothing
and nowhere, and are purposeless, for only then can guilt and sin
be seen without a purpose, and as meaningless.
Thus is the real world’s
purpose gently brought into awareness, to replace the goal of sin
and guilt. And all that stood between
your image of yourself
and what you are,
joyfully away. Yet God need not create His Son again, that what
is his be given back to him. The gap between your brother and yourself
was never there, and what the Son of God knew in creation he must
When brothers join
in purpose in the world of fear, they stand already at the edge
of the real world. Perhaps they still look back and think they see
an idol that they want. Yet has their path been surely set away
from idols toward reality, for when they joined their hands, it
was Christ’s hand they took, and they will look on Him Whose
hand they hold. The face of Christ is looked upon before the Father
is remembered, for He must be unremembered till His Son has reached
beyond forgiveness, to the love of God. Yet is the love of Christ
accepted first, and then will come the knowledge They are One.
How light and easy
is the step across the narrow boundaries of the world of fear, when
you have recognized Whose hand you hold! Within your hand is everything
you need to walk with perfect confidence away from fear forever,
and to go straight on and quickly reach the gate of Heaven itself,
for He Whose hand you hold was waiting but for you to join Him.
Now that you have come, would He delay in showing you the way that
He must walk with you? His blessing lies on you as surely as His
Father’s love rests upon Him. His gratitude to you is past
your understanding, for you have enabled Him to rise from chains,
and go with you, together, to His Father’s house.
hate is passing from the world, and with it goes all hatred
and all fear. Look back no longer, for what lies ahead is all you
ever wanted in your hearts. Give up the world! But not to sacrifice.
You never wanted it. What
happiness have you sought
here that did not bring you pain? What
moment of content has not been bought at fearful price in coins
has no cost; it is your sacred right, and what you pay for is not
speeded on your way by honesty, and let not your experiences here
deceive in retrospect. They were not free from bitter cost and
Do not look back except
in honesty, and when an idol tempts you, think of this:
There never was
a time an idol brought you anything except the “gift”
of guilt. Not
one was bought except at cost of pain, nor was it ever paid by
Be merciful unto your
brother, then. And do not choose an idol thoughtlessly, remembering
that he will pay the cost as well as you. For he will be delayed
when you look back, and you will not perceive Whose loving hand
you hold. Look forward, then, and walk in confidence, with happy
hearts that beat in hope and do not pound in fear.
The Will of God forever
lies in those whose hands are joined. Until they joined, they thought
He was their enemy. But when they joined and shared a purpose, they
were free to learn their will is one, and thus the Will of God must
reach to their awareness. Nor can they forget for long that it is
but their own (will).