Course in Miracles
8 - The Journey Back
Direction of the Curriculum
You are hampered
in your progress by your demands to know what you do not know.This
is actually a way of holding on to deprivation. You cannot reasonably
object to following instructions in a course for knowing on the
grounds that you do notknow. The need for the course is implicit
in your objection.
is not the motivation for learning this course. Peace is. As the
prerequisite for knowledge, peace must be learned. This is only
because those who are in conflict are not peaceful, and peace is
the condition of knowledge, because it is the condition of the Kingdom.
will be restored when you meet its conditions (peace). This is not
a bargain made by God, Who makes no bargains. It is merely the result
of your misuse of His laws on behalf of a will that is not His.
Knowledge IS His Will. If you are opposing His Will, how can you
I have told
you what knowledge offers you, but it is clear that you do not regard
this as wholly desirable. If you did, you would hardly be willing
to throw it away so readily, when the ego asks for your allegiance.
The distraction of the ego seems to interfere with your learning,
but the ego has no power to distract you, unless you give it the
voice is an hallucination. You cannot expect it to say “I
am not real.”
are inaccurate perceptions of reality. Yet you are not asked to
dispel them alone. You are merely asked to evaluate them in terms
of their results to you. If you do not want them on the basis of
loss of peace, they will be removed from your mind for you. Every
response to the ego is a call to war, and war does deprive you of
peace. Yet in this war there is no opponent. This
is the reinterpretation of reality which you must make to secure
peace, and the only one you need ever make.
you perceive as opponents are part of your peace, which you are
giving up by attacking them. How can you have what you give up?
You share to have, but you do not give it up yourself. When you
give up peace, you are excluding yourself from it.
This is a
condition which is so alien to the Kingdom that you cannot understand
the state which prevails within it. Your
past learning must have taught you the wrong things, simply because
it has not made you happy. On this basis alone, its value should
aims at change, and that is always its purpose, are you satisfied
with the changes your learning has brought you? Dissatisfaction
with learning outcomes must be a sign of learning failure, since
it means that you did not get what you want.
of the Atonement is the opposite of the curriculum you have established
for yourselves, but so is its outcome. If the outcome of yours has
made you unhappy, and if you want a different one, a change in the
curriculum is obviously necessary.
change that must be introduced is a change in direction. A meaningful
curriculum cannot be inconsistent. If it is planned by two teachers,
each believing in diametrically opposed ideas, it cannot be integrated.
If it is carried out by these two teachers simultaneously, each
one merely interferes with the other. This
leads to fluctuation, but not to change. The volatile have no direction.
They cannot choose one, because they cannot relinquish the other
even if the other does not exist. Their conflicted curriculum teaches
them all directions exist, and gives them no rationale for choice.
senselessness of such a curriculum must be fully recognized before
a real change in direction becomes possible. You cannot learn simultaneously
from two teachers who are in total disagreement about everything.
Their joint curriculum presents an impossible learning task. They
are teaching you entirely different things in entirely different
ways, which might be possible, except for the crucial fact that
both are teachong you about yourself. Your
reality is unaffected by both, but if you listen to both, your mind
will be split about what your reality is.