Course in Miracles
6 - Attack and Fear
Any split in will
must involve a rejection of part of it, and this is the belief
The wholeness of God,
which is His peace, cannot be appreciated except by a whole mind
which recognizes the wholeness of God's creation and by this recognition
knows its Creator. Exclusion and separation are synonymous, as are
separation and dissociation. We have said before that the separation
was and is dissociation and also that, once it had occurred, projection
became its main defense or the device that keeps it going. The reason,
however, may not be as clear as you think.
In the ego's use of
projection, to which we are obviously referring, what you project
you disown and therefore do not believe is yours. You are excluding
yourself by the very statement you are making that you are different
from the one on whom you project. Since you have also judged against
what you project, you continue to attack it because you have already
attacked it by projecting it. By doing this unconsciously, you try
to keep the fact that you must have attacked yourself first out
of awareness and thus imagine that you have made yourself safe.
Projection will always
It reinforces your
belief in your own split mind, and its only purpose is to keep the
separation going. It is solely
a device of the ego to make you feel different from your brothers
and separated from them. The ego justifies this on the wholly spurious
grounds that it makes you seem "better" than they are,
thus obscuring your equality with them still further. Projection
and attack are inevitably related because projection is always a
means of justifying attack.
Anger without projection
The ego uses projection
only to distort your perception both of yourself and your brothers.
The process begins by excluding something [you think] exists in
you which you do not want and leads directly to excluding you from
your brothers. We have learned, however, that there is another use
of projection. Every ability of the ego has a better counterpart,
because its abilities are directed by the mind which has a better
Voice. The Holy Spirit as well as the ego utilizes projection, but
since their goals are opposed so is the result.
The Holy Spirit begins
by perceiving you as perfect.
Knowing this perfection
is shared, He recognizes it in others, thus strengthening it in
both. Instead of anger, this arouses love for both, because it establishes
inclusion. Perceiving equality, the Holy Spirit perceives equal
needs. This invites Atonement automatically, because Atonement is
the one need which in this world is universal. To perceive yourself
this way is the only way in which you can find happiness in the
world. That is because it is the acknowledgment that you are not
in this world, for the world is unhappy.
How else can you
find joy in a joyless place except by realizing that you are
You cannot be anywhere
that God did not put you, and God created you as part of Him. That
is both where you are and what you are. It is completely unalterable.
It is total inclusion. You cannot change it now or ever. It is forever
true. It is not a belief but a fact. Anything that God created is
as true as He is. Its truth lies only in its perfect inclusion in
Him, Who alone is perfect. To deny this in any way is to deny yourself
and Him since it is impossible to accept one without the other.
The perfect equality
of the Holy Spirit’s perception is the counterpart of the
perfect equality of God’s knowing.
The ego’s perception has no counterpart in God, but the Holy
Spirit remains the bridge between perception
and knowledge. By enabling you to use perception in a way that parallels
knowledge, you will ultimately meet it and know it. The ego would
prefer to believe that this meeting is impossible, yet it is your
perception which the Holy Spirit guides. You might remember that
the human eye perceives parallel lines as if they meet in the distance,
which is the same as in the future, if time and space are one dimension.
Your perception will end where it began. Everything meets in God
because everything was created by Him and in Him.
God created His Sons
by extending His thought and retaining the extensions of His Thought
in His Mind. All His Thoughts are thus perfectly united within themselves
and with each other because they were created neither partially
nor in part. The Holy Spirit enables you to perceive this wholeness
now. You can no more pray for yourselves alone than you can find
joy for yourself alone. Prayer is the restatement of inclusion,
directed by the Holy Spirit under the laws of God. God created you
to create. You cannot extend His Kingdom until you know of its wholeness.
Thoughts begin in
the mind of the thinker from which they reach outward. This is as
true of God's Thinking as it is of yours. Because your minds are
split, you can also perceive as well as think. Yet perception cannot
escape from the basic laws of mind. You perceive from your mind
and extend your perceptions outward. Although perception of any
kind is unnecessary, you made it, and the Holy Spirit can therefore
use it well. He can inspire perception and lead it toward God by
making it parallel to God's way of thinking and thus guarantee their
ultimate meeting. This convergence seems to be far in the future
only because your mind is not in perfect alignment with the idea
and therefore does not want it now.
The Holy Spirit uses
time but does not believe in it. Coming
from God, He uses everything for good, but He does not believe in
what is not true. Since the Holy Spirit is in your minds, your minds
must also be able to believe only what is true. The Holy Spirit
can speak only for this because he speaks for God. He tells you
to return your whole mind to God because it has never left Him.
If it has never left Him, you need only perceive it as it is to
The full awareness
of the Atonement, then, is the recognition that the separation
never occurred. The ego cannot
prevail against this because it is an explicit statement that
the ego never occurred.
The ego can accept
the idea that return is necessary because it can so easily make
the idea seem so difficult. Yet the Holy Spirit tells you that even
return is unnecessary because what never happened cannot involve
any problem. It does not follow, however, that you cannot make the
idea of return necessary and difficult. It is surely clear, however,
that the perfect need nothing and cannot experience perfection as
a difficult accomplishment, because that is what they are.
This is the way in
which you must perceive God's creations, bringing all of your perceptions
into the one parallel line which the Holy Spirit sees. This line
is the direct line of communication with God and lets your mind
converge with His. There is no conflict anywhere in this perception
because it means that all perception is guided by the Holy Spirit,
Whose mind is fixed on God. Only the Holy Spirit can resolve conflict,
because only the Holy Spirit is conflict-free. He perceives only
what is true in your mind and extends outward only to what is true
in other minds.
The difference between
the ego's use of projection and projection as the Holy Spirit uses
it is very simple.
The ego projects
to exclude and therefore to deceive.
The Holy Spirit
projects by recognizing Himself in every mind and thus perceives
them as one. Nothing conflicts
in this perception, because what the Holy Spirit perceives is
Wherever He looks
He sees Himself, and because He is united, He offers the whole Kingdom
always. This is the one message
God gave to Him and for which He must speak because that is what
He is. The peace of God lies in that message, and so the peace of
God lies in you.
The great peace of
the Kingdom shines in your mind forever, but it must shine outward
to make you aware of it. The Holy Spirit was given you with perfect
impartiality, and only by perceiving Him impartially can you perceive
Him at all. The ego is legion, but the Holy Spirit is One. No darkness
abides anywhere in the Kingdom, but your part is only to allow no
darkness to abide in your own mind. This alignment with light is
unlimited, because it is in alignment with the light of the world.
Each of us is the light of the world, and by joining our minds in
this light, we proclaim the Kingdom of God together and as one.