Course in Miracles
7 - Consistency of the Kingdom
Defense of Conflict
We once said that without projection there can
be no anger, but it is also
true that without projection there can be no love. Projection
is a fundamental law of the mind and therefore one which always
operates. It is the law by which you create and were created. It
is the law which unifies the Kingdom and keeps it in the Mind of
To the ego, the law
is perceived as a way of getting rid of something it does not
To the Holy Spirit, it is the fundamental
law of sharing, by which you give what you value in order to keep
it in your own mind.
Projection to the
Holy Spiri, is the law of extension. To the ego, it is the law of
deprivation. It therefore produces abundance or scarcity, depending
on how you choose to apply it. This choice is up to you, but it
is not up to you to decide whether or not you will utilize projection.
Every mind must project because that is how it lives, and every
mind is life. The ego’s use of projection must be fully understood
before its inevitable association between projection and anger can
be finally undone.
The ego always tries
to preserve conflict.
It is very ingenious
in devising ways which seem to diminish conflic, because it does
not want you to find conflict so intolerable that you will insist
on giving it up. Therefore, the ego tries to persuade you that it
can free you of conflict, lest you give the ego up and free yourself.
The ego, using its own warped version of the laws of God, utilizes
the power of the mind only to defeat the mind’s real purpose.
It projects conflict
from your mind to other minds in an attempt to persuade you that
you have gotten rid of it.
This has several fallacies
which may not be so apparent.
Strictly speaking, conflict cannot be projected precisely
because it cannot be fully shared.
Any attempt to keep
part of it and get rid of another part does not really mean anything.
Remember that a conflicted teacher is a poor teacher and a poor
learner. His lessons are confused, and their transfer value is severely
limited by his confusion.
A second fallacy is
the idea the you can get rid of something you do not want by giving
Giving it is how you
keep it. The belief that by giving it out you have excluded it from
within is a complete distortion of the power of extension.
That is why those
who project from the ego are vigilant for their own safety. They
are afraid that their projections will return and hurt them. They
do believe they have blotted their projections from their own minds,
but they also believe their projections are trying to creep back
into them. That is because the projections have not left their minds,
and this in turn forces them to engage in compulsive activity in
order not to recognize this. You
cannot perpetuate an illusion about another without perpetuating
it about yourself. There is no way out of this because it is impossible
to fragment the mind.
To fragment is to
break into pieces, and mind cannot attack or be attacked.
The belief that it
can, a fallacy which the ego always makes, underlies its whole use
of projection. It does not understand what mind is and therefore
does not understand what you are. Yet its existence is dependent
on your mind because the ego is your belief. The ego is therefore
a confusion in identification which never had a consistent model
and never developed consistently. It is the distorted product of
the misapplication of the laws of God by distorted minds which are
misusing their own power.
Do not be afraid of
the ego. It does depend on your mind, and as you made it by believing
in it, so you can dispel it by withdrawing belief from it. Do not
project the responsibility for your belief in it onto anyone else,
or you will preserve the belief.
When you are willing
to accept sole responsibility for the ego’s existence
yourself, you will have laid aside all anger and all attack
because they come from an attempt to project responsibility
for your own errors.
But having accepted
the errors as yours, do not keep them. Give them over quickly to
the Holy Spirit to be undone completely so that all their effects
will vanish from your minds and from the Sonship as a whole.
The Holy Spirit will
teach you to perceive beyond belief because truth is beyond belief,
and His perception is true. The ego can be completely forgotten
at any time because it was always a belief that is totally incredible.
No one can keep a belief he has judged to be unbelievable. The more
you learn about the ego, the more you realize that it cannot br
believed. The incredible cannot be understood because it is unbelievable.
The utter meaninglessness of all perception that comes from the
unbelievable must be apparent, but it is not recognized as beyond
belief because it was made by belief.
The whole purpose
of this course is to teach you that the ego is unbelievable and
will forever be unbelievable.
You who made the ego
by believing the unbelievable cannot make this judgement alone.
By accepting the Atonement for yourself,
you are deciding against the belief that you can be alone, thus
dispelling the idea of separation and affirming your true identification
with the whole Kingdom as literally part of you. This identification
is as beyond doubt as it is beyond belief. Your wholeness has no
limits because being is in infinity.