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A Course in Miracles

Chapter 27 - The Healing of the Dream

The Quiet Answer

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All questions asked within this world are but a way of looking, not a question asked.

A question asked in hate cannot be answered, because it is an answer in itself. A double question asks and answers, both attesting the same thing in different form.

The world asks but one question. It is this:

“Of these illusions, which of them are true? Which ones establish peace and offer joy? And which can bring escape from all the pain of which this world is made?”

Whatever form the question takes, its purpose is the same. It asks but to establish sin is real, and answers in the form of preference.

"Which sin do you prefer?

That is the one which you should choose. The others are not true.

What can the body get that you would want the most of all?

It is your servant and your friend. But tell it what you want, and it will serve you lovingly and well.

And this is not a question, for it tells you what you want, and where to go for it. It leaves no room to question its beliefs, except that what it states takes question’s form.

 

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A pseudo-question has no answer. It dictates the answer even as it asks. Thus is all questioning within the world a form of propaganda for itself.

Just as the body’s witnesses are but the senses from within itself, so are the answers to the questions of the world contained within the questions.

Where answers represent the questions they add nothing new, and nothing has been learned.

An honest question is a learning tool which asks for something that you do not know.

It does not set conditions for response, but merely asks what the response should be. But no one in a conflict state is free to ask this question, for he does not want an honest answer, where the conflict ends.

 

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