A Course in Miracles

Workbook For Students

Lesson 163 - There is no death. The Son of God is free.

Death is a thought which takes on many forms, often unrecognized. It may appear as...

  • sadness,
  • fear,
  • anxiety or
  • doubt; as
  • anger,
  • faithlessness and
  • lack of trust;
  • concern for bodies,
  • envy, and
  • all forms in which the wish to be as you are not may come to tempt you.

All such thoughts are but reflections of the worshipping of death as savior, and as giver of release.

Embodiment of fear, the host of sin, god of the guilty, and the lord of all illusions and deceptions, does the thought of death seem mighty. For it seems to hold all living things within its withered hand; all hopes and wishes in its blighting grasp; all goals perceived but in its sightless eyes. The frail, the helpless and the sick bow down before its image, thinking it alone is real, inevitable, worthy of their trust. For it alone will surely come.

All things but death are seen to be unsure, too quickly lost however hard to gain, uncertain in their outcome, apt to fail the hopes they once engendered, and to leave the taste of dust and ashes in their wake, in place of aspirations and of dreams. But death is counted on, for it will come with certain footsteps when the time has come for its arrival. It will never fail to take all life as hostage to itself.

Would you bow down to idols such as this? Here is the strength and might of God Himself perceived within an idol made of dust. Here is the opposite of God proclaimed as lord of all creation, stronger than God's Will for life, the endlessness of love, and Heaven's perfect, changeless constancy. Here is the Will of Father and of Son defeated finally, and laid to rest beneath the headstone death has placed upon the body of the holy Son of God.

Unholy in defeat, he has become what death would have him be. His epitaph, which death itself has written, gives no name to him, for he has passed to dust. It says but this:

"Here lies a witness God is dead."

And this it writes again and still again, while all the while its worshippers agree, and kneeling down with foreheads to the ground, they whisper fearfully that it (death) is so.

It is impossible to worship death in any form (sadness, fear, anxiety, doubt, anger, faithlessness, lack of trust, concern for bodies, etc.) and still select a few you would not cherish, and would yet avoid, while still believing in the rest.

For death is total. Either all things die, or else they live and cannot die.

No compromise is possible. For here again we see an obvious position, which we must accept if we be sane; what contradicts one thought entirely can not be true, unless its opposite is proven false.

The idea of the death of God is so preposterous that even the insane have difficulty in believing it.

For it implies that God was once alive and somehow perished; killed, apparently, by those who did not want Him to survive. Their stronger will could triumph over His, and so eternal life gave way to death. And with the Father died the Son as well.

Death's worshippers may be afraid. And yet, can thoughts like these be fearful? If they saw that it is only this which they believe, they would be instantly released. And you will show them this today.

Practice Instructions

There is no death, and we renounce it now in every form, for their salvation and our own as well.

God made not death.

Whatever form it takes...

  • (sadness,
  • fear,
  • anxiety,
  • doubt,
  • anger,
  • faithlessness,
  • lack of trust,
  • concern for bodies, etc.)

must therefore be illusion.

This, the stand we take today. And it is given us to look past death, and see the light beyond.

Our Father, bless our eyes today.

We are Your messengers. And we would look upon the glorious reflection of Your Love which shines in everything. We live and breath in You alone. We are not separate from Your eternal life.

There is no death, for death is not Your Will. And we abide where You have placed us, in the Life we share with You and with all living things, to be like You and part of You forever. We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is One with Yours eternally. Amen.



The first part of the workbook deals with the undoing of the way you see now.


The second part of the workbook deals with the restoration of true sight.



1 Nothing I see means anything
2 I have given everything I see all
4 These thoughts do no mean anthing
5 I am never upset for
10 My thoughts do not mean anything
11 My meaningless thoughts show me a
12 I am upset because
14 God did not create
21 Determined to see
23 I can escape
50 I am sustained
61 I am the light
62 Forgiveness is my
79 Let me recognize
91 Miracles are seen
93 Light & Joy
94 I am as God...
100 My part is...
101 God's Will...
102 Share God's Will
108 To give & receive
110 I am as God...
121 Forgiveness
126 All that I give...
134 Let me perceive
136 Sickness is
137 When I am healed
139 I will accept
153 Defenselessness
155 I will step back...
162 I am as God...
163 There is no death
193 All are lessons
199 I am not a body


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