Course in Miracles
108 - To give and to receive are one in truth.
Vision depends upon
today’s idea. The light is in it, for it reconciles all seeming
opposites. And what is light except the resolution, born of peace,
of all your conflicts and mistaken thoughts into one concept which
is wholly true? Even that one will disappear, because the Thought
behind it will appear instead, to take its place. And now we are
at peace forever, for the dream is over now.
light, which makes true vision possible, is not the light the
body's eyes behold. It is a state of mind which has become so unified
that darkness cannot be perceived at all. And thus what is the same
is seen as one, while what is not the same remains unnoticed, for
it is not there.
This is the light
which shows no opposites, and vision, being healed, has power
This is the light
that brings your peace of mind to other minds, to share it and be
glad that they are one with you and with themselves.
This is the light
which heals because it brings single perception, based upon one
frame of reference, from which one meaning comes. Here (in this
light) are both giving and receiving seen as different aspects of
one Thought, whose truth does not depend on which is seen as first,
nor which appears to be in second place. Here it is understood that
both occur together, that the Thought remain complete. And in this
understanding is the base on which all opposites are reconciled,
because they are perceived from the same frame of reference which
unifies this Thought.
One thought, completely
unified, will serve to unify all thought. This is the same as saying
one correction will suffice for all correction, or that to forgive
one brother wholly is enough to bring salvation to all minds. For
these are but some special cases of one law which holds for every
kind of learning, if it be directed by the One Who knows the truth.
To learn that giving
and receiving are the same has special usefulness, because it can
be tried so easily and seen as true. And when this special case
has proved it always works, in every circumstance where it is tried,
the thought behind it can be generalized to other areas of doubt
and double vision. And from there it will extend, and finally arrive
at the one Thought which underlies them all.
Today we practice
with the special case of giving and receiving. We will use this
simple lesson in the obvious, because it has results we cannot miss.
To give is to receive.
we will attempt to offer peace to everyone, and see how quickly
peace returns to us. Light is tranquility, and in that peace is
vision given us, and we can see. So
we begin the practice periods with the instruction for today, and
To give and
to receive are one in truth. I will receive what I am giving now.
Then close your eyes, and for five minutes think
of what you would hold out to everyone, to have it yours. You might,
for instance, say:
everyone I offer quietness.
everyone I offer peace of mind.
everyone I offer gentleness.
each one slowly, and then pause a while, expecting to receive the
gift you gave. And it will come to you in the amount in which you
gave it. You will find you have exact return, for this is what you
It might be helpful too,
to think of one to whom to give your gifts. He represents the others,
and through him you give to all.
Our very simple lesson for today will teach you much. Effect and
cause will be far better understood from this time on, and we will
make much faster progress now. Think
of the exercises for today as quick advances in your learning, made
still faster and more sure each time you say,
and to receive are one in truth.”