9 - Correction of Error
The rituals of the god of sickness are strange
and very demanding. Joy is never permitted,
for depression is the sign of allegiance to
him. Depression means that you have foresworn
God. Men are afraid of blasphemy, but they do
not know what it means. They do not realize
that to deny God is to deny their own identity,
and in this sense the wages of sin is death.
sense is very literal...
denial of Life perceives its opposite (death),
as all forms of denial replace what is with
what is not.
one can really do this, but that you can think
you can and believe you have is beyond dispute.
Do not forget, however, that to deny God will
inevitably result in projection, and you will
believe that others and not yourself have done
this to you. You will receive the message you
give because it is the message you want. You
may believe that you judge your brothers by
the messages they give you, but you have judged
them by the message you give to them. Do not
attribute your denial of joy to them, or you
cannot see the spark in them that could bring
joy to you. It is the denial of the spark that
brings depression, and whenever you see your
brothers without it, you are denying God.
Allegiance to the denial of God is the ego’s
religion. The god of sickness obviously demands
the denial of health because health is in direct
opposition to its own survival. But consider
what this means to you. Unless you are sick
you cannot keep the gods you made, for only
in sickness could you possibly want them. Blasphemy,
then, is self-destructive, not God destructive.
It means that you are willing not to know yourself
In order to be sick. This
is the offering which your god demands because,
having made him out of your insanity, he is
an insane idea. He has many forms, but although
he may seem like many different things he is
but one idea;– the denial of God.
Sickness and death entered the mind of God’s
Son against His Will. The “attack on God”
made His Son think he was fatherless, and out
of his depression he made the god of depression.
This was his alternative to joy because he would
not accept the fact that, although he was a
creator, he had been created. Yet the Son is
helpless without the Father, Who alone is his
We said before that of yourselves you can do
nothing, but you are not of yourselves. If you
were, what you have made would be true, and
you could never escape.
It is because you did not make yourselves that
you need be troubled by nothing. Your gods are
nothing because your Father did not create them.
You cannot make creators who are unlike your
Creator any more than He could have created
a Son who was unlike Him. If
creation is sharing it cannot create what is
unlike itself. It can share only what it is.
Depression is isolation, and so it could not
have been created.
of God, you have not sinned, but you have
been much mistaken. Yet this can be corrected,
and God will help you, knowing that you could
not sin against Him.
denied Him because you loved Him, knowing that,
if you recognized your love for Him you could
not deny Him. Your denial of Him therefore means
that you love Him, and that you know He loves
you. Remember that what you deny you must have
known. And if you accept denial, you can accept
Father has not denied you. He does not retaliate,
but He does call to you to return. When you
think He has not answered your call, you have
not answered His. He calls to you from every
part of the Sonship because of His Love for
His Son. If you hear His message He has answered
you, and you will learn of Him if you hear aright.
Love of God is in everything He created, for
His Son is everywhere. Look with peace upon
your brothers, and God will come rushing into
your heart in gratitude for your gift to Him.
Do not look to the god of sickness for healing
but only to the God of love, for healing is
the acknowledgment of Him. When you acknowledge
Him you will know that He has never ceased to
acknowledge you, and that in His acknowledgment
of you lies your Being.
are not sick and you cannot die.
you can confuse yourself with things that do.
Remember, though, that to do this is blasphemy,
for it means that you are looking without love
on God and His creation, from which he cannot
be separated. Only the eternal can be loved,
for love does not die. What is of God is His
forever, and you are of God. Would
He allow Himself to suffer? And would He offer
His Son anything that is not acceptable to Him?
If you will accept yourself as God created you,
you will be incapable of suffering.
to do this, you must acknowledge Him as your
Creator. This is not because you will be punished
is merely because your acknowledgment of your
Father is the acknowledgment of yourself as
Father created you...
without suffering of any kind.
you deny Him you bring sin, pain and suffering
into your own mind because of the power He gave
it. Your mind is capable of creating worlds,
but it can also deny what it creates because
it is free.
do not realize how much you have denied yourself,
and how much God, in His Love, would not have
it so. Yet He would not interfere with you because
He would not know His Son if he were not free.
interfere with you would be to attack Himself,
and God is not insane. When you denied Him,
you were insane. Would you have Him share your
will never cease to love His Son, and His Son
will never cease to love Him. That was the condition
of His Son’s creation, fixed forever in
the Mind of God.
gave Himself to you in your creation, and His
gifts are eternal. Would you deny yourself to
of your gifts to Him the Kingdom will be restored
to His Son.
Son removed himself from His gift by refusing
to accept what had been created for him, and
what he himself had created in the Name of his
waits for his return, for it was created as
the dwelling place of God’s Son. You are
not at home anywhere else, or in any other condition.
not deny yourself the joy which was created
for you for the misery you have made for yourselves.
has given you the means for undoing what you
Listen, and you will learn what you are.
God knows His Children as wholly sinless, it
is blasphemous to perceive them as guilty.
God knows His Children as wholly without pain,
it is blasphemous to perceive suffering anywhere.
God knows His children to be wholly joyous,
it is blasphemous to feel depressed.
of these illusions, and the many other forms
which blasphemy may take, are refusals to accept
creation as it is.
God created His Son perfect, that is how you
must learn to see him to learn of his reality.
And as part of the Sonship, that is how you
must see yourself to learn of yours.
not perceive anything God did not create, or
you are denying Him.
is the only Fatherhood, and it is yours only
because He has given it to you.
gifts to yourself are meaningless, but your
gifts to your creations are like His because
they are given in His Name.
is why your creations are as real as His. Yet
the real Fatherhood must be acknowledged if
the real Son is to be known.
believe that the sick things which you have
made are your real creations because you believe
that the sick images you perceive are the Sons
if you accept the Fatherhood of God will you
have anything because His Fatherhood gave you
is why to deny Him is to deny yourself.
is the denial of love because love shares and
As long as both appear to you to be desirable,
the concept of choice, which is not of God,
will remain with you.
this is not true in eternity, it is true in
time, so that, while time lasts in your minds,
there will be choices.
itself was your choice. If you would remember
eternity, you must learn to look only on the
If you allow yourselves to become preoccupied
with the temporal, you are living in time.
always, your choice is determined by what you
and eternity cannot both be real because they
contradict each other. If you will accept only
what is timeless as real, you will begin to
understand eternity, and make it yours.