8 - The Journey Back
as Corrected Perception
We once said that the Holy Spirit is the answer. He
is the Answer to everything because He knows what the
answer to everything is. The ego does not know what
a real question is, although it asks an endless number.
Yet you can learn this as you learn to question the
value of the ego and thus establish your ability to
evaluate its questions.
the ego tempts you to sickness, do not ask the Holy
Spirit to heal the body, for this would merely be to
accept the ego’s belief that the body
is the proper aim for healing. Ask, rather that the
Holy Spirit teach you the right perception of the body,
for perception alone can be distorted.
perception can be sick because only perception can be
Wrong perception is distorted willing, which wants things
to be as they are not. The reality of everything is
totally harmless because total harmlessness is the condition
of its reality. It is also the condition of your awareness
of its reality.
do not have to seek reality. It will seek you and find
you when you meet its conditions. Its conditions are
part of what it is. And this part only is up to you.
The rest is of Itself. You need do so little because
it is so powerful that your little part will bring the
whole to you. Accept, then your little part, and let
the whole be yours.
Wholeness heals because it is of the mind. All forms
of sickness, even unto death, are physical expressions
of the fear of awakening. They are attempts to reinforce
unconsciousness out of fear of consciousness. This is
a pathetic way of trying not to know by rendering the
faculties for knowing ineffectual. “Rest
in peace” is a blessing for the living, not the
dead, because rest comes from waking, not from sleeping.
Sleep is withdrawing; waking is joining.
are illusions of joining, taking on the ego’s
distortions about what joining means if you are sleeping
under its guidance.
the Holy Spirit, too, has use for sleep and can use
dreams on behalf of waking if you will let Him.
How you wake is the sign of how you have used sleep.
To whom did you give it? Under which teacher did you
place it? Whenever you wake dispiritedly, it was not
of the Holy Spirit. Only when you awaken joyously have
you utilized sleep according to the Holy Spirit’s
can indeed be “drugged by sleep,” but this
is always because you have misused it on behalf of sickness.
is no more a form of death than death is a form of unconsciousness.
Unconsciousness is impossible. You can rest in peace
only because you are awake.
is release from the fear of waking and the substitution
of the will to wake.
will to wake is the will to love, since all healing
involves replacing fear with love. The Holy Spirit cannot
distinguish among degrees of error, for if He taught
that one form of sickness is more serious than another,
He would be teaching that one error can be more real
than another. His function is to distinguish only between
the false and the true, replacing the false with the
The ego, which always weakens the will, wants to separate
the body from the mind.
is an attempt to destory it (the mind), yet the ego
actually believes that it is protecting it. This is
because the ego believes that mind is dangerous and
that to make mindless is to heal. But to make mindless
is impossible, since it would mean to make nothing out
of what God created. The ego despises weakness, even
though it makes every effort to induce it. The ego wants
only what it hates. To the ego this is perfectly sensible.
Believing in the power of attack, the ego wants attack.
You have surely begun to realize that this is a very
practical course which means exactly what it says. So
does the Bible, if it is properly understood. There
has been a marked tendency on the part of many of the
Bible’s followers and also its translators to
be entirely literal about fear and its effects but not
about love and its results. Thus, “hellfire”
means “burning,” but raising the dead becomes
allegorical. Actually, it is particularly the references
to the outcomes of love which should be taken literally
because the Bible is about love, being about God.
The Bible enjoins you...
take no thought of the body as separate, and
accomplish all things in my name.
is not my name alone, for ours is a shared identification.
Name of God’s Son is one, and you are enjoined
to do the works of love because we share this oneness.
minds are whole because they are one. If you are sick
you are withdrawing from me. Yet you cannot withdraw
from me alone. You can only withdraw from yourself and
I would not ask you to do the things you cannot do,
and it is impossible that I could do things you cannot
do. Given this, and given this quite literally, there
can be nothing which prevents you from doing exactly
what I ask, and everything which argues for your doing
it. I give you no limits because God lays none upon
you. When you limit yourself we are not of one mind
and that is sickness. Yet sickness is not of the body,
but of the mind.
forms of dysfunction (sickness) are merely signs that
the mind has split and does not accept a unified purpose.
The unification of purpose, then, is the Holy Spirit’s
only way of healing. This is because it is the only
level at which healing means anything. The re-establishing
of meaning in a chaotic thought system is the only way
to heal it.
have said that your task is only to meet the conditions
for meaning since meaning itself is of God. Yet your
return to meaning is essential to His because your meaning
is part of His. Your healing, then, is part of His health
since it is part of His Wholeness. He cannot lose this,
but you can not know it. Yet it is still His Will for
you, and His Will must stand forever and in all things.