Course in Miracles
20 - Promise
of the Resurrection
can hurt you unless you give it the power to do so. For
you give power as the laws of this world interpret giving; as you
give you lose. It is not up to you to give power at all. Power is
of God, given by Him, and re-awakened by the Holy Spirit, Who knows
that as you give you gain. He gives no power to "sin,"
and therefore it has none; nor to its results as this world sees
- sickness and
- death and
- misery and
have not occurred because the Holy Spirit sees them not and gives
no power to their seeming source, thus would He keep you free of
without illusion of what you are, the Holy Spirit merely gives everything
to God, Who has already given and received all that is true. The
untrue He has neither received nor given.
Sin has no
place in Heaven, where its results are alien and can no more enter
than can their source. And therein lies your need to see your brother
sinless. In him is Heaven. See sin in him instead, and Heaven is
lost to you. But see him as he is, and what is yours shines from
him to you. Your Savior gives you only love, but what you would
receive of him is up to you. It lies in him to overlook all your
mistakes, and therein lies his own salvation, and so it is with
yours. It is the re-awakening of the laws of God in minds that have
established other laws, and given them power to enforce what God
laws were made to guarantee that you would make mistakes, and give
them power over you by accepting their results as your just due.
What could this be but madness? And is it this that you would see
within your Savior from insanity? He is as free from this as you
are. And in the freedom that you see in him, you see your own, for
this you share. What God has given follows His laws, and His alone.
Nor is it possible for those who follow them to suffer the results
of any other source.
choose freedom will experience only its results. Their power is
of God, and they will give it only to what God has given, to share
with them. Nothing but this can touch them, for they see only this,
sharing their power according to the Will of God. And thus their
freedom is established and maintained. It is upheld through all
temptation to imprison and to be imprisoned. It is of them who learned
of freedom that you should ask what freedom is. Ask not the sparrow
how the eagle soars, for those with little wings have not accepted
for themselves the power to share with you.
sinless give as they received. See,
then, the power of sinlessness within your brother, and share with
him the power of the release from sin you offered him.
each who walks this earth in seeming solitude is a Savior given,
whose special function here is to release him, and so to free himself.
the world of separation each is appointed separately, though they
are all the same. Yet those who know that they are all the same
need not salvation. And
each one finds his Savior when he is ready to look upon the face
of Christ, and see Him sinless.
The plan is
not of you, nor need you be concerned with anything except the part
that has been given you to learn, for He Who knows the rest will
see to it without your help. But
think not that He does not need your part to help Him with the rest.
For in your
part lies all of it, without which is no part complete, nor is the
whole completed without your part.
ark of peace is entered two by two, yet the beginning of another
world goes with them. Each holy
relationship must enter here, to learn its special function in the
Holy Spirit’s plan, now that it shares His purpose. And as
this purpose is fulfilled, a new world rises in which sin can enter
not, and where the Son of God can enter without fear, and where
he rests a while, to forget imprisonment and to remember freedom.
How can he enter, to rest and to remember, without you? Except you
be there, he is not complete. And it is his completion that he remembers
This is the
purpose given you. Think
not that your forgiveness of each other serves but you two alone.
For the whole
new world rests in the hands of every two who enter here to rest.
And as they rest, the face of Christ shines on them, and they remember
the laws of God, forgetting all the rest, and yearning only to have
His laws perfectly fulfilled in them and all their brothers. Think
you when this has been achieved that you will rest without them?
You could no
more leave one of them outside than I could leave you and forget
part of myself.
You may wonder
how you can be at peace when, while you are in time, there is so
much that must be done before the way to peace is open. Perhaps
this seems impossible to you, but ask yourself if it is possible
that God would have a plan for your salvation that does not work.
Once you accept His plan as the one function that you would fulfill,
there will be nothing else the Holy Spirit will not arrange for
you without your effort.
He will go
before you making straight your path, and leaving in your way no
stones to trip on, and no obstacles to bar your way. Nothing
you need will be denied you. Not one seeming difficulty but will
melt away before you reach it. You
need take thought for nothing, careless of everything except the
only purpose that you would fulfill. As that was given you, so will
its fulfillment be. God’s
guarantee will hold against all obstacles, for it rests on certainty
and not contingency. It rests on you. And what can be more certain
than a Son of God?