A Course in Miracles

Chapter 30 - The New Beginning

Truth Behind Illusions

You will attack what does not satisfy, and thus you will not see you made it up.

You always fight illusions.

For the truth behind them is so lovely and so still in loving gentleness, were you aware of it you would forget defensiveness entirely and rush to its embrace. The truth could never be attacked. And this you knew when you made idols. They were made that this might be forgotten. You attack but false ideas and never truthful ones. All idols are the false ideas you made to fill the gap you think arose between yourself and what is true. And you attack them for the things you think they represent. What lies beyond them cannot be attacked.

The wearying, dissatisfying gods you made are blown-up children's toys. A child is frightened when a wooden head springs up as a closed box is opened suddenly or when a soft and silent wooly bear begins to squeak as he takes hold of it. The rules he made for boxes and for bears have failed him and have broken his "control" of what surrounds him. And he is afraid because he thought the rules protected him. Now must he learn the boxes and the bears did not deceive him, broke no rules, nor mean his world is made chaotic and unsafe. He was mistaken. He misunderstood what made him safe and thought that it had left.

The gap that is not there is filled with toys in countless forms and each one seems to break the rules you set for it. It never was the thing you thought. It must appear to break your rules for safety, since the rules were wrong, but you are not endangered. You can laugh at popping heads and squeaking toys, as does the child who learns they are no threat to him. Yet while he likes to play with them, he still perceives them as obeying rules he made for his enjoyment. So there still are rules which they can seem to break, and frighten him. Yet is he at the mercy of his toys? And can they represent a threat to him?

Reality observes the laws of God, and not the rules you set. It is His laws which guarantee your safety. All illusions that you believe about yourself obey no laws. They seem to dance a little while, according to the rules you set for them. But then they fall and cannot rise again. They are but toys, my children. Do not grieve for them. Their dancing never brought you joy. But neither were they things to frighten you nor make you safe if they obeyed your rules.

They must be neither...

  • cherished nor
  • attacked,

but merely looked upon as children’s toys, without a single meaning of their own.

See one (meaning) in them, and you will see (meaning in) them all. See none in them, and they will touch you not.

Appearances deceive because they are appearances and not reality. Dwell not on them in any form. They but obscure reality, and they bring fear because they hide the truth. Do not attack what you have made to let you be deceived, for thus you prove that you have been deceived.

Attack has power to make illusions real.

Yet what it makes is nothing. Who could be made fearful by a power that can have no real effects at all? What could it be but an illusion, making things appear like to itself? Look calmly at its toys and understand that they are idols which but dance to vain desires. Give them not your worship, for they are not there. Yet this is equally forgotten in attack. God's Son needs no defense against his dreams. His idols do not threaten him at all. His one mistake is that he thinks them real. What can the power of illusions do?

Appearances can but deceive the mind that wants to be deceived. And you can make a simple choice that will forever place you far beyond deception. You need not concern yourself with how this will be done, for this you cannot understand. But you will understand that mighty changes have been quickly brought about when you decide one very simple thing...

you do not want whatever you believe an idol gives.

For thus the Son of God declares that he is free of idols. And thus is he free.


Salvation is a paradox indeed! What could it be except a happy dream?

It asks you but that you forgive all things that no one ever did, to overlook what is not there, and not to look upon the unreal as reality. You are but asked to let your will be done and seek no longer for the things you do not want. And you are asked to let yourself be free of all the dreams of what you never were and seek no more to substitute the strength of idle wishes for the Will of God.

Here does the dream of separation start to fade and disappear. For here the gap that is not there begins to be perceived without the toys of terror that you made. No more than this is asked. Be glad indeed salvation asks so little, not so much.

It asks for nothing in reality. And even in illusions it (salvation) but asks forgiveness be the substitute for fear. Such is the only rule for happy dreams. The gap is emptied of the toys of fear, and then its unreality is plain.

Dreams are for nothing. And the Son of God can have no need of them. They offer him no single thing that he could ever want. He is delivered from illusions by his will and but restored to what he is. What could God's plan for his salvation be, except a means to give him to Himself?


This Edit of A Course in Miracles is the original transcript as dictated to Helen Schucman and edited in collaboration with Bill Thetford.




"When I was a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." 1Corinthians 13:11

There is no time, no place, no state where God is absent. There is nothing to be feared. There is no way in which a gap could be conceived of in the wholeness that is His. Chap 29 Closing of the Gap

"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need." Luke 12:31

Leave, then, your needs to Him. He will supply them with no emphasis at all upon them... Under His guidance, you will travel light... Chapter 12 Attainment of Real World

Whenever you are tempted to undertake a foolish journey... say,"What need have I but to awake in Him?" Chapter 12 Attainment of Real World

1. Nothing I see means anything.

2. I have given everything I see all the meaning that it has for me.

4. These thoughts do not mean anything.

10 My thoughts do not mean anything.

11. My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

12. I am upset because I see a meaningless world.

14. God did not create a meaningless world.

Judge not according to the appearance..." John 7:24

All things work together for good.There are no exceptions except in
the ego's judgment. Chap 4 Ego-Body Illusion

(The Holy Spirit) uses everything for good... Chapter 6 Uses of Projection

The full awareness of the Atonement, then, is the recognition that the separation never
occurred. Chap 6 Uses of Projection

The past is gone; the future is not yet.Now am I freed from both. For what God gives can only be for good. And I accept but what He gives as what belongs to me. Lesson 214

We must save the world. For we who made it must behold it through the eyes of Christ, that what was made to die can be restored to everlasting life. What Is The World?

The world was made as an attack on God. It symbolizes fear. What Is The World?

However ridiculous the idea of attacking God may be to the sane mind, never forget that the ego is not sane.Chap 5 Two Decisions

It can indeed be said
the ego made its
world on sin (guilt). Only in such a world could the clouds of guilt seem heavy and impenetrable. Chap 19 Sin vs Error

Guilt...is the symbol of
the attack on God. This is a totally meaningless concept exvept to the ego. Chap 5 Two Decisions

Lesson 23 - I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.

Lesson 26 - My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.

...all sorts of fanciful illusions of love...The glitter of blood shines like rubies, and the tears are faceted like diamonds... Chap 17 Perception and the Two Worlds

Forgiveness is my function...I would fulfill my function that I may be happy. Lesson 62

Since you are part of God, it is also the idea of yourself...You who are part of God are not at home except in His peace. Chap 5 Guide to Salvation

If you are part of God and the Sonship is one, you cannot be limited to the “self” the ego sees. Chap 5 Guide to Salvation

You can encounter only part of yourself because you are part of God, Who IS everything. Chap 8 Holy Encounter



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