This is a course
in miracles. And as such, the laws of healing must be understood
before the purpose of the course can be accomplished. Let
us review the principles that we have covered and arrange them in
a way that summarizes all that must occur for healing to be possible.
For when it once is possible, it must occur.
the separation is denied, it goes. For
it is gone as soon as the idea which brought it has been healed
and been replaced by sanity. Sickness and
sin are seen
as consequence and cause in a relationship kept hidden from awareness
that it may be carefully preserved from reason’s light.
asks for punishment, and its request is granted; not in truth, but
in the world of shadows and illusions built on sin.
Son of God perceives what he would (wants to) see, because perception
is a wish fulfilled.
changes, made to take the place of changeless knowledge. Yet is
truth unchanged. It cannot be perceived, but only known. What is
perceived takes many forms, but none has meaning. Brought to truth,
its senselessness is quite apparent. Kept apart from truth, it seems
to have a meaning and be real.
laws are opposite to truth, and what is true of knowledge
is not true of anything that is apart from it. Yet has God given
answer to the world of sickness which applies to all its forms.
God's answer is eternal, though it operates in time where it is
needed. Yet because it is of God, the laws of time do not affect
its workings. It is in this world, but not a part of it. For it
is real and dwells where all reality must be.
leave not their source, and their effects but seem to be apart
are of the mind. What is projected out and seems to be external
to the mind is not outside at all but an effect of what is in and
has not left its source.
answer lies where the belief in sin must be (in the mind), for
only there can its effects be utterly undone, and without cause.
Perception's laws must be reversed, because they are reversals of
the laws of truth. The laws of truth forever will be true and cannot
be reversed, yet can be seen as upside-down. And this must be corrected
where the illusion of reversal lies.
is impossible that one illusion be less amenable to truth than are
the rest. But it is possible that some are given greater value and
less willingly offered to truth for healing and for help. No illusion
has any truth in it. Yet it appears some are more true than others,
although this clearly makes no sense at all. All that a hierarchy
of illusions can show is preference, not reality. What relevance
has preference to the truth?
are illusions and are false.
preference gives them no reality. Not one is true in any way, and
all must yield with equal ease to what God gave as answer to them
all. God's Will is One. And any wish that seems to go against His
Will has no foundation in the truth.
not error, for it goes beyond correction to impossibility. Yet
the belief that it is real has made some errors seem forever past
the hope of healing and the lasting grounds for hell.
this were so, would Heaven be opposed by its own opposite, as real
as it. Then would God's Will be split in two and all creation be
subjected to the laws of two
opposing powers until God becomes impatient, splits the world
apart, and relegates attack unto Himself. Thus has He lost His Mind,
proclaiming sin has taken His reality from Him, and brought His
love at last to vengeance's heels. For such an insane picture, an
insane defense can be expected but cannot establish that the picture
must be true.
gives meaning where no meaning is. And truth needs no defense to
make it true. Illusions have no witnesses and no effects. Who looks
on them is but deceived.
is the only function here and serves to bring the joy this world
denies to every aspect of God's Son where sin was thought to rule.
you do not see the role forgiveness plays in ending death and all
beliefs that rise from mists of guilt.
are beliefs which you impose between your brother and yourself.
They limit you to time and place and give a little space to you,
another little space to him. This separating off is symbolized in
your perception by a body which is clearly separate and a thing
apart. Yet what this symbol represents is but your wish to be apart
takes away what stands between your brother and yourself. It
is the wish that you be joined with him and not apart.
call it "wish" because it still conceives of other choices
and has not yet reached beyond the world of choice entirely.
is this wish in line with Heaven's state and not in opposition to
God's Will. Although it falls far short of giving you your full
inheritance, it does remove the obstacles which you have placed
between the Heaven where you are and recognition of where and what
you are. Facts are unchanged. Yet facts can be denied and thus unknown,
though they were known before they were denied.
perfect and complete, asks but a little wish that what is true be
true; a little willingness to overlook what is not there; a little
sigh that speaks for Heaven as a preference to this world which
death and desolation seem to rule. In
joyous answer will creation rise within you to replace the world
you see with Heaven, wholly perfect and complete.
is forgiveness but a willingness that truth be true?
can remain unhealed and broken from a Unity Which holds all things
is no sin.
every miracle is possible the instant that the Son of God perceives
his wishes and the Will of God are one.
is the Will of God?
wills His Son have everything and
this He guaranteed
when He created him as everything. It is impossible that anything
be lost, if what you have is what you are. This is the miracle by
which creation became your function, sharing it with God. It
is not understood apart from Him, and therefore has no meaning in
does the Son of God ask not too much, but far too little. He would
sacrifice his own identity with everything, to find a little treasure
of his own. And this he cannot do without a sense of...
is the treasure he has sought to find. And he could only be afraid
of it. Is fear a treasure? Can uncertainty
be what you want?
is it a mistake about your will and what you really are?
us consider what the error is, so it can be corrected, not protected.
Sin is belief attack can be projected outside the mind where the
belief arose. Here
is the firm conviction that ideas can leave their source made real
and meaningful. And from this error does the world of sin and sacrifice
world is an attempt to prove your innocence, while cherishing
failure lies in that you still feel guilty, though without understanding
why. Effects are seen as separate from their source, and seem to
be beyond you to control or to prevent. What is thus kept apart
can never join.
Cause and effect are one, not
wills you learn what always has been true; that he created you as
part of Him, and this must still be true because ideas leave not
their source. Such is creation’s law; that each idea the mind
conceives but adds to its abundance, never takes away. This is as
true of what is idly wished as what is truly willed, because the
mind can wish to be deceived, but cannot make it be what it is not.
And to believe ideas can leave their source is to invite illusions
to be true, without success. For never will success be possible
in trying to deceive the Son of God.
miracle is possible when cause and consequence are brought together,
not kept separate.
healing of effect without the cause can merely shift effects to
other forms. And this is not release. God’s Son could never
be content with less than full salvation and escape from guilt.
For otherwise he still demands that he must make some sacrifice
and thus denies that everything is his, unlimited by loss of any
tiny sacrifice is just the same in its effects as is the whole idea
If loss in any form is possible, then is God’s Son made
incomplete and not himself.
will he know himself nor recognize his will.] He has foresworn his
Father and himself and made them both his enemies in hate.
serve the purpose
they were made to serve. And from their purpose, they derive whatever
meaning that they seem to have.
gave to all illusions that were made another purpose that would
justify a miracle whatever form they took.
every miracle all healing lies, for God gave answer to them all
as one. And what is one to Him must be the same. If you believe
what is the same is different you but deceive yourself. What God
calls one will be forever one, not separate. His Kingdom is united;
thus it was created, and thus will it ever be.
miracle but calls your ancient name, which you will recognize
because the truth is in your memory.
this name your brother calls for his release and yours. Heaven is
shining on the Son of God. Deny him not, that you may be released.
Each instant is the Son of God reborn, until he chooses not to die
again. In every wish to hurt he chooses death, instead of what his
Father wills for him. Yet every instant offers life to him, because
his Father wills that he should live.
crucifixion is redemption laid, for healing is not needed where
there is no pain or suffering.
is the answer to attack of any kind.
is attack deprived of its effects, and hate is answered in the name
of love. To
you to whom it has been given to save the Son of God from crucifixion
and from hell and death, all glory be forever. For you have power
to save the Son of God because his Father willed that it be so.
And in your hands does all salvation lie, to be both offered and
received as one.
use the power God has given you as He would have it used is natural.
It is not arrogant to be as He created you or to make use of what
He gave to answer all His Son's mistakes and set him free. But it
is arrogant to lay aside the power that He gave and choose a little
senseless wish instead of what He wills. The gift of God to you
is limitless. There is no circumstance it cannot answer and no problem
which is not resolved within its gracious light.
in peace, where God would have you be.
And be the means whereby your brother finds the peace in which your
wishes are fulfilled. Let us unite in bringing blessing to the world
of sin and death. For what can save each one of us can save us all.
is no difference among the Sons of God.
Unity that specialness denies will save them all, for what is one
can have no specialness. And everything belongs to each of them.
No wishes lie between a brother and his own. To get from one is
to deprive them all. And yet to bless but one gives blessing to
them all as one.
ancient name belongs to everyone, as theirs to you.
on your brother's name and God will answer, for on Him you call.
Could He refuse to answer when He has already answered all who call
on Him? A miracle can make no change at all. But it can make what
always has been true be recognized by those who know it not. And
by this little gift of truth but let to be itself-the Son of God
allowed to be himself and all creation freed to call upon the Name
of God as one.