Course in Miracles
8 - The Journey Back
Rationale for Choice
There is a rationale for choice. Only
one Teacher knows what your reality is. If learning that is the
purpose of the curriculum, you must learn it of Him. The
ego does not know what it is trying to teach. It is trying to teach
you what you are without knowing it. The ego is expert only in confusion.
It does not understand anything else. As a teacher, then, it is
totally confused and totally confusing. Even if you could disregard
the Holy Spirit entirely, which is quite impossible, you could learn
nothing from the ego because the ego knows nothing.
there any possible reason for choosing a teacher such as this? Does
the total disregard of anything it teaches make anything but sense?
this the teacher to whom a Son of God should turn to find himself?
ego has never given you a sensible answer to anything. Simply on
the grounds of your own experience with the ego’s teaching,
should not this alone disqualify it as your future teacher? Yet
the ego has done more harm to your learning than this alone. Learning
is joyful if it leads you along your natural path, and facilitates
the development of what you have. When you are taught against your
nature, however, you will lose by your learning because your learning
will imprison you. Your will is in your nature, and therefore cannot
go against it.
ego cannot teach you anything as long as your will is free because
you will not listen to it. It is not your will to be imprisoned
because your will is free. That is why the ego is the denial of
free will. It
is never God Who coerces you because He shares His Will with you.
His Voice teaches only His Will, but that is not the Holy Spirit’s
lesson because that is what you are. The
lesson is that your will and God’s cannot be out of accord
because they are one. This
is the undoing of everything the ego tries to teach. It is not,
then, only the direction of the curriculum which must be unconflicted,
but also the content.
ego wants to teach you that you want to oppose God’s Will.
This unnatural lesson cannot be learned, but the attempt to learn
it is a violation of your own freedom, and makes you afraid of your
will because it is free. The Holy Spirit opposes any imprisoning
of the will of a Son of God, knowing that the will of the Son is
the Father’s. The
Holy Spirit leads you steadily along the path of freedom, teaching
you how to disregard, or look beyond, everything that would hold
before that the Holy Spirit teaches you the difference between pain
and joy. That is the same as saying that He teaches you the difference
between imprisonment and freedom. You cannot make this distinction
without Him. That is because you have taught yourself that imprisonment
them to be the same, how can you tell them apart? Can you ask the
part of your mind that taught you to believe they are the same to
teach you the difference between them?
Holy Spirit’s teaching takes only ONE direction and has only
ONE goal. His direction is freedom and His goal is God. Yet he cannot
conceive of God without you because it is not God’s Will to
be without you. When
you have learned that your will is God’s, you could no more
will to be without Him than He could will to be without you. This
is freedom and this is joy. Deny yourself this and you are denying
God His Kingdom because He created you for this.
we said, “All power and glory are yours because the Kingdom
is His,” this is what we meant:
Will of God is without limit, and all power and glory lie within
it. It is boundless in strength and in love and in peace. It has
no boundaries because Its extension is unlimited, and It encompasses
all things because It created all things. By creating all things
It made them part of Itself.
are the Will of God because this is how you were created. Because
your Creator creates only like Himself, you are like Him. You are
part of Him Who is all power and glory, and are therefore as unlimited
as He is.
what else except all power and glory can the Holy Spirit appeal
to restore God’s Kingdom? His appeal, then, is merely to what
the Kingdom IS, and for its own acknowledgment of what it is. When
you acknowledge this, you bring the acknowledgment automatically
to everyone because you have acknowledged everyone. By
your recognition you awaken theirs, and through theirs yours is
runs easily and gladly through the Kingdom, in answer to the Call
of God. This is the natural response of every Son of God to the
Voice of his Creator, because it is the Voice for His creations
and for His own extension.