Course in Miracles
3 - Retraining the Mind
is a course in MIND TRAINING.
learning involves attention and study at some level. Some of the
later parts of the course rest too heavily on these earlier sections
not to require their study. You will also need them for preparation.
Without this, you may become much too fearful when the unexpected
does occur to make constructive use of it. However, as you study
these earlier sections, you will begin to see some of their implications,
which will be amplified considerably later on.
The reason a solid foundation is necessary is because of the confusion
between fear and awe to which we have already referred and which
so many people hold. You will
remember that we said that awe is inappropriate in connection with
the Sons of God because you should not experience awe in the presence
of your equals. However, it was also emphasized that awe is a proper
reaction in the presence of your Creator.
have been careful to clarify my own role in the Atonement, without
either over- or understating it. I have also tried to do the same
in connection with yours. I have stressed that awe is not an appropriate
reaction to me because of my inherent equality.
of the later steps in this course, however, do involve a more direct
approach to God Himself. It would be most unwise to start on these
steps without careful preparation or awe will be confused with fear,
and the experience will be more traumatic that beatific.
is of God in the end.
means are being carefully explained to you. Revelation may occasionally
reveal the end to you, but to reach it the means are needed.
Special Principles for
miracle abolishes the need for lower-order concerns. Since it is
an out-of-pattern time interval, the ordinary considerations of
time and space do not apply. When
you perform a miracle, I will arrange both time and space to adjust
distinction between what has been created and what is
made is essential.
All forms of correction (or healing) rest on this fundamental correction
in level perception.
way of stating the above point is: Never confuse right with wrong-
mindedness. Responding to any form of miscreation with anything
except a desire to heal (or a miracle) is an expression of this
miracle is always a denial of this error and an affirmation of the
truth. Only right mindedness can create in a way that has any real
effect. Pragmatically, what has no real effect has no real existence.
Its effect, then, is emptiness. Being without substantial content,
it lends itself to projection in the improper sense.
level-adjustment power of the miracle induces the right perception
for healing. Until this has occurred, healing cannot be understood.
Forgiveness is an empty gesture unless it entails correction. Without
this it is essentially judgmental rather than healing.
forgiveness is only correction. It has no element of judgment at
all. “Father forgive them for they know not what they
23:34 in no way evaluates what they do. It is strictly
limited to an appeal to God to heal their minds. There is no reference
to the outcome of their misthought. That does not matter.
biblical injunction “Be of one mind” 1Peter
3:8 is the statement for revelation-readiness. My
this in remembrance of me” Luke
the request for cooperation from miracle-workers. It should be noted
that the two statements are not in the same order of reality. The
latter involves a time awareness since to remember implies recalling
the past in the present. Time
is under my direction, but Timelessness belongs to God alone. In
time we exist for and with each other. In Timelessness we coexist