Course in Miracles
25 - The Remedy
in you inhabits not a body. Yet He is in you, and thus it must be
that you are not within a body.What
is within you cannot be outside, and it is certain that you cannot
be apart from what is at the very center of your life. What
gives you life cannot be housed in death. No more can you. Christ
is within a frame of holiness whose only purpose is that He may
be made manifest to those who know Him not, that He may call to
them to come to Him, and see Him where they thought their bodies
were. Then will their bodies melt away, that they may frame His
holiness in them.
No one who
carries Christ in him can fail to recognize Him everywhere; except
in bodies. And
as long as they believe they are in bodies, where they think they
are, He cannot be. And so they carry Him unknowingly and do not
make Him manifest. And thus they do not recognize Him where He is.
The son of
man is not the risen Christ. Yet
does the Son of God abide exactly where he is, and walks with him
within his holiness, as plain to see as is his specialness set forth
within his body.
The body needs
no healing. But the mind that thinks it is a body is sick indeed!
And it is here
(in the mind) that Christ sets forth the remedy. His purpose folds
the body in His light, and fills it with the holiness that shines
from Him, and nothing that the body says or does but makes Him manifest.
To those who
know Him not it carries Him in gentleness and love, to heal their
is the mission that your brother has for you. And such it must be
that your mission is for him.
be that it is hard to do the task that Christ appointed you to do,
since it is He Who does it. And in the doing of it, will you learn
the body merely seems to be the means to do it. For the Mind is
His. And so it must be yours. His holiness directs the body through
the mind at one with Him. And you are manifest unto your holy brother,
as he to you. Here
is the meeting of the holy Christ unto Himself; nor any differences
perceived to stand between the aspects of His holiness, which meet
and join and raise Him to His Father, whole and pure and worthy
of His everlasting Love.
How can you
manifest the Christ in you except to look on holiness, and see Him
there? Perception tells you, you are manifest in what you see. Behold
the body, and you will believe that you are there. And every body
that you look upon reminds you of yourself...
- your sinfulness,
- your evil,
and, above all,
- your death.
you not despise the one who tells you this, and seek his death instead?
and the messenger are one. And you must see your brother as yourself.
Framed in his body you will see your sinfulness, wherein you stand
condemned. Set in his holiness, the Christ in him proclaims himself
is a choice of what you want yourself to be; the world you want
to live in, and the state in which you think your mind will be content
and satisfied. It chooses where you think your safety lies, at your
decision. It reveals yourself to you as you would have you be. And
always is it faithful to your purpose, from which it never separates,
nor gives the slightest witness unto anything the purpose in your
mind upholdeth not. Perception is a part of what it is your purpose
to behold, for means and end are never separate. And thus you learn
what seems to have a life apart has none.
You are the
means for God; not separate, nor with a life apart from His. His
Life is manifest in you who are His Son. Each aspect of Himself
is framed in holiness and perfect purity, in love celestial and
so complete it wishes only that it may release all that it looks
upon unto itself. Its
radiance shines through each body that it looks upon, and brushes
all its darkness into light merely by looking past it to the light.
The veil is
lifted through its gentleness, and nothing hides the face of Christ
from its beholders. And
both of you stand there, before Him now, to let Him draw aside the
veil that seems to keep you separate and apart.
you believe that you are separate, Heaven presents itself to you
as separate, too. Not
that it is in truth, but that the link that has been given you to
join the truth may reach to you through what you understand. Father
and Son and Holy Spirit are as One, as all your brothers join as
one in truth. Christ
and His Father never have been separate, and Christ abides within
your understanding, in the part of you that shares His Father’s
Will. The Holy
Spirit links the other part, the tiny mad desire to be separate,
different and special, to the Christ, to make the oneness clear
to what is really one. In
this world, this is not understood, but can be taught.
The Holy Spirit
serves Christ’s purpose in your mind, so that the aim of specialness
can be corrected where the error lies. Because
His purpose still is one with both the Father and the Son, He knows
the Will of God and what you really will. But this is understood
by mind perceived as one, aware that it is one, and so experienced.
It is the Holy
Spirit’s function to teach you how this oneness is experienced,
what you must do that it can be experienced, and where you should
go to do it.
All this takes
note of time and place as if they were discrete, for while you think
that part of you is separate, the concept of a oneness joined as
one is meaningless. It is apparent that a mind so split could never
be the teacher of a Oneness Which unites all things within Itself.
And so What is within this mind, and does unite all things together,
must be its Teacher. Yet must It use the language which this mind
can understand in the condition in which it thinks it is. And It
must use all learning to transfer illusions to the truth, taking
all false ideas of what you are and leading you beyond them to the
truth that is beyond them.
can very simply be reduced to this: What is the same can not be
different. And what is one can not have separate parts.