Course in Miracles
155 - I
will step back and let Him lead the way.
There is a way of
living in the world that is not here, although it seems to be. You
do not change appearance, though you smile more frequently. Your
forehead is serene; your eyes are quiet. And the ones who walk the
world as you do recognize their own. Yet those who have not yet
perceived the way, will recognize you also; and believe that you
are like them, as you were before.
The world is an illusion.
Those who choose to
come to it are seeking for a place where they can be illusions,
and avoid their own Reality. Yet when they find their own Reality
is even here, then they step back and let It lead the way. What
other choice is really theirs to make? To let illusion walk ahead
of truth is madness. But to let illusion sink behind the truth,
and let the truth stand forth as what it is, is simple sanity.
This is the simple choice
we make today.
The mad illusion will
remain awhile in evidence, for those to look upon who chose to come,
and have not yet rejoiced to find they were mistaken in the choice.
They cannot learn directly from the truth, because they have denied
that it is so. And so they need a teacher who perceives their madness,
but who still can look, beyond illusion, to the simple truth in
If truth demanded
they give up the world, it would appear to them as if it asked the
sacrifice of something that is real.
Many have chosen
to renounce the world while still believing its reality. And they
have suffered from a sense of loss and have not been released
Others have chosen
nothing but the world, and they have suffered from a sense of
loss still deeper, which they did not understand.
Between these paths,
there is another road that leads away from loss of every kind, for
and deprivation both are quickly left behind. This is the way appointed
for you now. You walk this path as others walk, nor do you seem
to be distinct from them, although you are indeed. Thus can you
serve them while you serve yourself, and set their footsteps on
the way which God has opened up to you, and them through you.
Illusion still appears
to cling to you, that you may reach them. Yet it has stepped back,
and it is not illusion that they hear you speak of, nor illusion
which you bring their eyes to look on and their minds to grasp.
Nor can the truth, which walks ahead of you, speak to them through
illusion, for the road leads past illusion now, while on the way
you call to them, that they may follow you.
All roads will lead
to this one in the end, for sacrifice and deprivation are paths
- lead nowhere,
- choices for defeat,
- aims which will remain
All this steps back
as truth comes forth in you to lead your brothers from the ways
of death, and set them on the way to happiness.
Their suffering is but
Yet they need a guide
to lead them out of it, for they mistake illusion for the truth.
Such is salvation's call, and nothing more. It asks that you accept
the truth, and let It go before you, lighting up the path of ransom
from illusion. It is not a ransom with a price. There is no cost,
but only gain. Illusion can but seem to hold in chains the holy
Son of God. It is but from illusions he is saved. As they step back,
he finds himself again.
Walk safely now, yet
carefully, because this path is new to you. And you may find that
you are tempted still to walk ahead of truth, and let illusions
be your guide.
Your holy brothers
have been given you, to follow in your footsteps as you walk with
certainty of purpose to the truth. It goes before you now that they
- something with which
they can identify;
- something they understand
to lead the way.
Yet at the journey's
ending, there will be no gap, no distance between truth and you.
And all illusions, walking in the way you traveled, will be gone
from you as well, with nothing left to keep the truth apart from
God's completion, holy as Himself.
Step back in
faith, and let truth lead the way.
You know not where
you go. But One Who knows goes with you.
Let Him lead you
with the rest.
When dreams are over,
time has closed the door on all the things that pass, and miracles
are purposeless, the holy Son of God will make no journeys. There
will be no wish to be illusion rather than the truth. And we step
forth toward this, as we progress along the way that truth points
out to us.
This is our final journey, which we make for everyone. We
must not lose our way, for as truth goes before us, so it goes before
our brothers, who will follow us.
We walk to God.
Pause and reflect on
Could any way be
holier, or more deserving of your effort, of your love, and of your
full intent? What way could give you more than everything, or offer
less and still content the holy Son of God?
We walk to God.
The truth that walks
before us now is one with Him, and leads us to where He has always
been. What way but this could be a path that you would choose instead?
Your feet are safely
set upon the road which leads the world to God. Look not to ways
that seem to lead you elsewhere. Dreams are not a worthy guide for
you who are God’s Son.
Forget not He has placed His Hand in yours, and given you your brothers,
in His Trust that you are worthy of His Trust in you. He cannot
be deceived. His Trust has made your pathway certain and your goal
You will not fail
your brothers nor your Self. And now He asks but...
- that you think of
Him a while each day,
- that He may speak to you and tell
you of His Love, reminding you how great His Trust; how limitless
In your name and His
Own, which are the same, we practice gladly with this thought today:
step back and let Him lead the way for I would walk along the
road to Him.”