Course in Miracles
26 - The Transition
"Sacrifice" of Oneness
In the “dynamics” of attack
is sacrifice a key idea. It
is the pivot upon which all compromise, all desperate attempts to
strike a bargain, and all conflicts achieve a seeming balance. It
(sacrifice) is the symbol of the central theme that somebody must
lose. Its focus on the body is apparent, for it is always an attempt
to limit loss.
The body is
itself a sacrifice; a giving up of power in the name of saving
just a little for yourself.
To see a brother
in another body, separate from yours, is the expression of a wish
to see a little part of him and sacrifice the rest. Look at the
world, and you will see nothing attached to anything beyond itself.
All seeming entities can come a little nearer, or go a little farther
off, but cannot join.
you see is based on “sacrifice” of oneness. It is a
picture of a complete disunity and total lack of joining. Around
each entity is built a wall so seeming solid that it looks as if
what is inside can never reach without, and what is out can never
reach and join with what is locked away, within the wall. Each part
must sacrifice the other part, to keep itself complete. For if they
joined, each one would lose its own identity, and by their separation
are their selves maintained.
that the body fences off becomes the self, preserved through sacrifice
of all the rest. And all the rest must lose this little part, remaining
incomplete to keep its own identity intact. In this perception of
yourself, the body’s loss would be a sacrifice indeed. For
sight of bodies becomes the sign that sacrifice is limited, and
something still remains for you alone. And for this little to belong
to you, are limits placed on everything outside, just as they are
on everything you think is yours. For giving and receiving are the
same. And to accept the limits of a body is to impose these limits
on each brother whom you see. For you must see him as you see yourself.
The body is
a loss, and can be made to sacrifice. And while you see your brother
as a body, apart from you and separate in his cell, you are demanding
sacrifice of him and you. What greater sacrifice could be demanded
than that God’s Son perceive himself without his Father? And
his Father be without His Son? Yet every sacrifice demands that
they be separate and without the other.
of God must be denied if any sacrifice is asked of anyone. What
witness to the wholeness of God’s Son is seen within a world
of separate bodies, however much he witnesses to truth? He
is invisible in such a world. Nor can his song of union and of love
be heard at all. Yet is it given him to make the world recede before
his song, and sight of him replace the body’s eyes.
would see the witnesses to truth instead of to illusion merely ask
that they might see a purpose in the world that gives it sense,
and makes it meaningful. Without your special function has this
world no meaning for you. Yet it can become a treasure house as
rich and limitless as Heaven itself. No instant passes here in which
your brother’s holiness cannot be seen, to add a limitless
supply to every meager scrap and tiny crumb of happiness that you
You can lose
sight of oneness, but can not make sacrifice of its reality. Nor
can you lose what you would sacrifice, nor keep the Holy Spirit
from His task of showing you that it has not been lost. Hear, then,
the song your brother sings to you. And let the world recede and
take the rest his witness offers on behalf of peace. But judge him
not, for you will hear no song of liberation for yourself, nor see
what it is given him to witness to, that you may see it and rejoice
with him. Make
not his holiness a sacrifice to your belief in sin. You sacrifice
your innocence with his, and die each time you see in him a sin
instant can you be reborn and given life again. His holiness gives
life to you, who cannot die because his sinlessness is known to
God and can no more be sacrificed by you than can the light in you
be blotted out because he sees it not. You
who would make a sacrifice of life, and make your eyes and ears
bear witness to the death of God and of His holy Son, think not
that you have power to make of them what God willed not they be.
God’s Son is not imprisoned in a body, nor is sacrificed in
solitude to sin. And as he is in Heaven, so must he be eternally
and everywhere. He
is the same forever. Born again each instant, untouched by time,
and far beyond the reach of any sacrifice of life or death. For
neither did he make, and only one was given him, by One Who knows
His gifts can never suffer sacrifice and loss. God’s
justice rests in gentleness upon His Son and keeps him safe from
all injustice the world would lay upon him.
Could it be that
you could make his sins reality and sacrifice his Father’s
Will for him?
not by seeing him within the rotting prison where he sees himself.
It is your special function to ensure the door be opened, that he
may come forth to shine on you, and give you back the gift of freedom
by receiving it of you. What is the Holy Spirit’s special
function but to release the holy Son of God from the imprisonment
he made to keep himself from justice? Could your function be a task
apart and separate from His Own?