Course in Miracles
30 - The New Beginning
The new beginning now becomes the focus of the
curriculum. The goal is clear, but now you need specific methods
for attaining it.
The speed by
which it can be reached depends on this one thing alone; your willingness
to practice every step. Each one will help a little every time it
is attempted. And together will these steps lead you from dreams
of judgment to forgiving dreams and out of pain and fear.
They are not
new to you, but they are more ideas than rules of thought to you
as yet. So now we need to practice them awhile, until they are the
rules by which you live. We seek to make them habits now, so you
will have them ready for whatever need.
Decisions are continuous.
You do not always
know when you are making them. But with a little practice with the
ones you recognize, a set begins to form which sees you through
the rest. It is not wise to let yourself become preoccupied with
every step you take. The proper set adopted consciously each time
you wake will put you well ahead. And if you find resistance strong
and dedication weak, you are not ready. Do not fight yourself.
But think about
the kind of day you want (happy day of miracles) and tell yourself
there is a way in which this very day can happen just like that.
Then try again to have the day you want.
The outlook starts with
I will make not decision by myself."
means that you are choosing not to be the judge of what to do. But
it must also mean you will not judge the situations where you will
be called upon to make response. For if you judge them, you have
set the rules for how you should react to them. And then another
answer cannot but produce confusion and uncertainty and fear.
This is your
major problem now. You still make up your mind and then decide to
ask what you should do. And what you hear may not resolve the problem
as you saw it first. This leads to fear, because it contradicts
what you perceive, and so you feel attacked. And therefore angry.
There are rules by which this will not happen. But it does occur
at first while you are learning how to hear.
Throughout the day,
at any time you think of it and have a quiet moment for reflection,
tell yourself the kind of day you want; the feelings you would have
(happy), the things you want to happen, and the things you would
experience, and say,
I make no decision by myself, this is the kind of day that will
be given me."
These two procedures,
practiced well, will serve to let you be directed without fear,
for opposition will not first arise and then become a problem in
itself. But there will
still be times when you have judged already. Now the answer will
provoke attack, unless you quickly straighten out your mind to want
an answer that will work.
Be certain this
has happened if you feel yourself unwilling to sit by and ask to
have the answer given you. This means you have decided by yourself
and cannot see the question. Now you need a quick restorative before
Remember once again
the day you want, (happy day of miracles) and recognize that something
has occurred which is not part of it. Then realize that you have
asked a question by yourself and must have set an answer
in your terms. Then say,
have no question. I forgot what to decide."
This cancels out the terms which you have set
and lets the answer show you what the question must have really
to observe this rule without delay, despite your opposition. For
you have already gotten angry and your fear of being answered in
a different way from what your version of the question asks will
gain momentum, until you believe the day you want is one in which
you get your answer to your question. And you
will not get it, for it would destroy the day by robbing you of
what you really want.
This can be
very hard to realize when once you have decided by yourself the
rules which promise you a happy day. Yet this decision still can
be undone by simple methods which you can accept.
If you are so unwilling
to receive, you cannot even let your question go, you can begin
to change your mind with this:
least I can decide I do not like what I feel now."
This much is obvious
and paves the way for the next easy step.
Having decided that
you do not like the way you feel, what could be easier than to continue
so I hope I have been wrong."
works against the sense of opposition, and reminds you that help
is not being thrust upon you, but is something that you want
and that you need, because you do not like the way
you feel. This
tiny opening will be enough to let you go ahead with just a few
more steps you need to let yourself be helped.
Now you have
reached the turning-point, because it has occurred to you that you
will gain if what you have decided is not so. Until this point is
reached, you will believe your happiness depends on being RIGHT.
But this much reason have you now attained; you would be better
off if you were WRONG.
This tiny gain of
wisdom will suffice to take you further. You are not coerced, but
merely hope to get a thing you want, and you can say in
want another way to look at this."
Now you have changed
your mind about the day and have remembered what you really want.
Its purpose has no longer
been obscured by the insane belief you want it for the goal of being
RIGHT when you are WRONG. Thus is the readiness for asking brought
to your awareness, for you cannot be in conflict when you ask for
what you want and see that it is this for which you ask.
This final step is
but acknowledgment of lack of opposition to be helped. It is a statement
of an open mind, not certain yet, but willing to be shown,
there is another way to look at this. What can I lose by asking?"
Thus you now can ask
a question that makes sense, and so the answer will make sense as
well. Nor will you fight
against it, for you see that it is you who will be helped by it.
It must be clear
that it is easier to have a happy day if you prevent unhappiness
from entering at all. But this takes practice in the rules which
will protect you from the ravages of fear. When this has been achieved,
the sorry dream of judgment has forever been undone. But meanwhile,
you have need for practicing the rules for its undoing.
Let us, then,
consider once again the very first of the decisions which are offered
We said you
can begin a happy day with the determination not to make decisions
by yourself. This seems to be a real decision in itself.
And yet, you cannot make decisions by yourself. The only question
really is with what you choose to make them. That is really all.
The first rule, then, is not coercion, but a simple statement of
a simple fact.
You will not
make decisions by yourself whatever you decide. For they are made
with idols or with God. And you ask help of Christ or anti-Christ,
and which you choose will join with you and tell you what to do.
Your day is
not at random. It is set by what you choose to live it with, and
how the friend whose counsel you have sought perceives your happiness.
You always ask advice before you can decide on anything. Let this
be understood, and you can see there cannot be coercion here, nor
grounds for opposition that you may be free. There is no freedom
from what must occur, and if you think there is, you must be wrong.
The second rule
as well is but a fact, for you and your advisor must agree on what
you want before it can occur. It is but this agreement which permits
all things to happen. Nothing can be caused without some form of
union, be it with a dream of judgment or the Voice for God. Decisions
cause results because they are not made in isolation. They are made
by you and your advisor, for yourself and for the world as well.
The day you want you offer to the world, for it will be what you
have asked for, and will reinforce the rules of your advisor in
Whose kingdom is
the world for you today? What kind of day will you decide to have?
needs but two who would have happiness this day to promise it to
all the world. It needs but two to understand that they cannot decide
alone, to guarantee the joy they asked for will be wholly shared.
For they have understood the basic law that makes decision powerful,
and gives it all effects that it will ever have.
It needs but
two. These two are joined before there can be a decision. Let this
be the one reminder that you keep in mind, and you will have the
day you want and give it to the world by having it yourself. Your
judgment has been lifted from the world by your decision for a happy
day. And as you have received, so must you give.