Course in Miracles
9 - Correction of Error
you know something you cannot dissociate it. Knowledge therefore
precedes dissociation, and dissociation is nothing more than a decision
has been forgotten then appears to be fearful, but only because
the dissociation was an attack on truth.
are fearful because you have forgotten. And you have replaced your
knowledge by an awareness of dreams because you are afraid of your
dissociation, not of what you have dissociated. Even in this world’s
therapy, when dissociated material is accepted, it ceases to be
fearful, for the laws of mind always hold.
to give up the dissociation of reality brings more than merely lack
of fear. In this decision lie joy and peace and the glory of creation.
the Holy Spirit only your will to remember, for He retains the knowledge
of God, and of yourself, for you, waiting for your acceptance.
up gladly everything that would stand in the way of your remembering,
for God is in your memory, and His Voice will tell you that you
are part of Him when you are willing to remember Him and know your
own reality again.
nothing in this world delay your remembering of Him, for in this
remembering is the knowledge of yourself.
remember is merely to restore to your mind what is already there.
You do not make what you remember; you merely accept again what
has been made but was rejected.
ability to accept truth in this world is the perceptual counterpart
of creating in the Kingdom. God will do His part if you will do
yours, and His return in exchange for yours is the exchange of knowledge
for perception. Nothing is beyond His Will for you. But signify
your will to remember Him, and behold! He will give you everything
but for the asking.
When you attack, you are denying yourself.
are specifically teaching yourself that you are not what you are.
Your denial of reality precludes the acceptance of God’s gift,
because you have accepted something elsein its place. If you understand
that the misuse of defenses always constitutes an attack on truth,
and truth is God, you will realize why this is always fearful. If
you further recognize that you are part of God, you will understand
why it is that you always attack yourself first.
you realized the complete havoc this makes of your peace of mind,
you could not make such an insane decision. You make it only because
you still believe that it can get you something you want. It follows,
then, that you want something other than peace of mind, but you
have not considered what it must be. Yet the logical outcome of
your decision is perfectly clear, if you will look at it.
deciding against your reality, you have made yourself vigilant against
God and His Kingdom. And it is this vigilance that makes you afraid
to remember Him.
You have not attacked God, and you do love Him. Can you change your
one can will to destroy himself. When you think you are attacking
your self, it is a sure sign that you hate what you think you are.
And this (what you think you are), and only this, can be attacked
by you. What you think you are can be hateful, and what this strange
image makes you do can be very destructive. Yet the destruction
is no more real than the image, although those who make idols do
idols are nothing, but their worshippers are the Sons of God in
God would have them released from their sickness and returned to
His Mind. He will not limt your power to help them, because He has
given it to you. Do not be afraid of it, because it is your salvation.
Comforter can there be for the sick Children of God except His power
that it does not matter where in the Sonship He is accepted. He
is always accepted for all, and when your mind receives Him the
remembrance of Him awakens throughout the Sonship.
your brothers simply by accepting God for them.
minds are not separate, and God has only one channel for healing
because He has but one Son. His remaining communication link with
all His Children joins them together, and them to Him. To be aware
of this is to heal them, because it is the awareness that no one
is separate, and so no one is sick.
believe that a Son of God can be sick is to believe that part of
God can suffer. Love cannot suffer, because it can not attack. The
remembrance of love therefore brings invulnerability with it.
Do not side with sickness in the presence of a Son of God even if
he believes in it, for your acceptance of God in him acknowledges
the Love of God which he has forgotten. Your recognition of him
as part of God teaches him the truth about himself, which he is
you strengthen his denial of God, and thus lose sight of yourself?
Or would you remind him of his wholeness, and remember your Creator
believe a Son of God is sick is to worship the same idol he does.
God created love, not idolatry. All forms of idolatry are caricatures
of creation, taught by sick minds which are too divided to know
that creation shares power and never usurps it.
is idolatry because it is the belief that power can be taken from
you. Yet this is impossible because you are part of God, Who is
sick god must be an idol, made in the image of what its maker thinks
he is. And that is exactly what the ego does perceive in a Son of
God; a sick god, self-created, self-sufficient, very vicious, and
this the idol you would worship?
Is this the image you would be vigilant to save?
calmly at the logical conclusion of the ego’s thought system,
and judge whether its offering is really what you want, for this
IS what it offers you. To obtaain this you are willing to attack
the Divinity of your brothers, and thus lose sight of yours. And
you are willing to keep it hidden and to protect this idol, which
you think will save you from the dangers which the idol itself stands
for, but which do not exist.
There are no idolaters in the Kingdom, but there is great appreciation
for every Soul which God created because of the calm knowledge that
each one is part of Him. God’s Son knows no idols, but he
does know His Father. Health in this world is the counterpart of
value in Heaven. It is not my merit that I contribute to you but
my love, for you do not value yourselves. When you do not value
yourself you become sick, but my value of you can heal you because
the value of God’s Son is one.
peace I give unto you,”
I meant it.
came from God through me to you. It was for you although you did
a brother is sick, it is because he is not asking for peace, and
therefore does not know he has it. The acceptance of peace is the
denial of illusion, and sickness is an illusion. Yet every Son of
God has the power to deny illusions anywhere in the Kingdom merely
by denying them completely in himself.
can heal you, because I know you.
I know your value for you, and it is this value that makes you whole.
A whole mind is not idolatrous, and does not know of conflicting
laws. I will heal you merely because I have only one message, and
it is true. Your faith in it will make you whole when you have faith
I do not bring God’s message with deception, and you will
learn this as you learn that you always receive as much as you accept.
You could accept peace now for everyone you meet, and offer them
perfect freedom from all illusions because you heard. But have no
other gods before Him, or you will not hear. God is not jealous
of the gods you make, but you are. You would save them, and serve
them, because you believe that they made you. You think they are
your father, because you are projecting onto them the fearful fact
that you made them to replace God. Yet when they seem to speak to
you, remember that nothing can replace God, and whatever replacements
you have attempted are nothing.
Very simply, then, you may believe you are afraid of nothingness,
but you are really afraid of nothing. And in thar awareness, you
are healed. You will hear the god you listen to. You made the god
of sickness, and by making him, you made yourself able to hear him.
Yet you did not create him, because he is not the Will of the Father.
He is therefore not eternal, and will be unmade for you the instant
you signify your willingness to accept only the eternal.
God has but one Son, there is but one God. You share reality with
Him because reality is not divided. To accept other gods before
Him is to place other images before yourself.
do not realize how much you listen to your gods, and how vigilant
you are on their behalf. Yet they exist only because you honor them.
honor where it is due, and peace will be yours. It is your inheritance
from your real Father. You cannot make your Father, and the father
you made did not make you. Honor is not due to illusions, for to
honor them is to honor nothing. Yet fear is not due them either,
for nothing cannot be fearful. You have chosen to fear love because
of its perfect harmlessness, and because of this fear, you have
been willing to give up your own perfect helpfulness and your own
Only at the altar of God will you find peace. And this altar is
in you because God put it there.
Voice still calls you to return, and He will be heard when you place
no other gods before Him. You can give up the god of sickness for
your brothers; in fact, you would have to do so, if you give him
up for yourself. For if you see him anywhere, you have accepted
him. And if you accept him, you will bow down and worship him, because
he was made as God’s replacement. He is the belief that you
can choose which god is real. Although it is perfectly clear that
this has nothing to do with reality, it is equally clear that it
has everything to do with reality as you perceive it.