Course in Miracles
5 - Healing and Wholeness
You must have noticed how often I have used your
own ideas to help you. You have learned to be a loving, wise, and
very understanding therapist except for yourself. That exception
has given you more than perception for others because of what you
saw in them but less than knowledge of your real relationships to
them because you did not accept them as part of you. Understanding
is beyond perception because it introduces meaning. It is, however,
below knowledge even though it can grow towards it. It is possible,
with great effort, to understand someone else to some extent and
to be quite helpful to him, but the effort is misdirected. The misdirection
is quite apparent; it is directed away from you.
This does not mean
that it is lost to you, but it does mean that you are not aware
of it. I have saved all your kindnesses and every loving thought
you have had. I have purified them of the errors which hid their
light and have kept them for you in their own perfect radiance.
They are beyond destruction and beyond guilt. They came from the
Holy Spirit within you, and we know what God creates is eternal.
What fear has hidden still is part of you.
Joining the Atonement,
which I have repeatedly asked you to do, is always a way out
This does not mean
that you can safely fail to acknowledge anything that is true. However,
the Holy Spirit will not fail to help you reinterpret everything
that you perceive as fearful and teach you that only what is loving
is true. Truth is beyond your ability to destroy but entirely within
your grasp. It belongs to you because you created it. It is yours
because it is a part of you, just as you are part of God because
He created you.
The Atonement is
the guarantee of the safety of the Kingdom. Nothing good is lost
because it comes from the Holy Spirit, the Voice for creation. Nothing
that is not good was ever created and therefore cannot be protected.
What the ego makes, it keeps to itself, and so it is without strength.
Its unshared existence does not die; it was merely never born. Real
birth is not a beginning; it is a continuing. Everything that can
continue has been born, but it can increase as you are willing to
return the part of your mind that needs healing to the higher part
and thus render your creating undivided.
As a therapist, you
yourself tell your patients that the real difference between neurotic
and "healthy" guilt feelings is that neurotic guilt feelings
do not help anyone. This distinction is wise though incomplete.
Let us make the distinction a little sharper now. Neurotic guilt
feelings are a device of the ego for "atoning" without
sharing and for asking pardon without change. The ego never calls
for real Atonement and cannot tolerate forgiveness, which is change.
Your concept of "healthy
guilt feelings" has merit, but without the concept of the Atonement,
it lacks the healing potential it holds. You made the distinction
in terms of feelings, which led to a decision not to repeat the
error, which is only part of healing. Your concept lacked the idea
of undoing it. What you were really advocating, then, was adopting
a policy of sharing without a real foundation. I have come to give
you the foundation, so your own thoughts can make you really free.
You have carried the burden of the ideas you did not share and which
were therefore too weak to increase, but you did not recognize how
to undo their existence because you had made them.
You cannot cancel
out your past errors alone. They will not disappear from your
mind without remedy.
The remedy is not
of your making, any more than you are. The Atonement cannot be understood
except as a pure act of sharing. That is what is meant when we said
it is possible even in this world to listen to one voice. If you
are part of God and the Sonship is one, you cannot be limited to
the "self" the ego sees. Every loving thought held in
any part of the Sonship belongs to every part. It is shared because
it is loving. Sharing is God's way of creating and also yours. Your
ego can keep you in exile from the Kingdom, but in the Kingdom itself
it has no power.
You have become willing
to receive my messages as I give them without interference by the
ego, so we can clarify an earlier point. We said that you will one
day teach as much as you learn and that will keep you in balance.
The time is now because you have let it be now. You cannot learn
except by teaching.
I heard one voice
because I had learned that learning is attained by teaching. I understood
that I could not atone for myself alone. Listening to one voice
means the will to share the voice in order to hear it yourself.
The mind that was in me is still irresistibly drawn to every mind
created by God because God's Wholeness is the wholeness of His Son.
the other cheek" Matthew
5:39 does not mean that you should submit to violence
means that you cannot be hurt and do not want to show your brother
anything except your wholeness.
that he cannot hurt you and hold nothing against him, or you hold
it against yourself.
is done in many ways, –
and above all
is therapy because it means the sharing of ideas, and the awareness
that to share them is to strengthen them.
union of the Sonship is its protection.
ego cannot prevail against the Kingdom because it is united. And
the ego fades away and is undone in the presence of the attraction
of the parts of the Sonship which hear the call of the Holy Spirit
to be as One.
forget my need to teach what I have learned,
which arose in me because I learned it.
call upon you to teach what you have learned because by so doin
you can depend on it.
it dependable in my name because my name is the name of God’s
What I learned I give you
freely, and the Mind which was in me rejoices as you choose to hear
The Holy Spirit
atones in all of us by undoing and thus lifts the burden you have
placed in your mind. By following Him, He leads you back to God
where you belong, and how can you find this way except by taking
your brother with you?
My part in the Atonement
is not complete until you join it and give it away. As you teach,
so shall you learn. I will never leave you or forsake you because
to forsake you would be to forsake myself and God who created me.
You will forsake yourselves and God if you forsake any of your brothers.
You are more than your brother's keeper. In fact, you do not want
to keep him. You must learn to see him as he is and know that he
belongs to God as you do. How could you treat your brother better
than by rendering unto God the things which are God's?
Ideas do not leave
the mind which thought them to have a separate being, nor do separate
thoughts conflict with one another in space because they do not
occupy space at all. However, human ideas can conflict in content
because they occur at different levels and include opposite thoughts
at the same level. It is impossible to share opposing thoughts.
The Holy Spirit does
not let you forsake your brothers. Therefore, you can really share
only the parts of your thoughts which are of Him and which He also
keeps for you. And of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. All the rest
remains with you until He has reinterpreted them in the light of
the Kingdom, making them, too, worthy of being shared. When they
have been sufficiently purified, He lets you give them away. The
will to share them is their purification.
The Atonement gives
you the power of a healed mind, but the power to create is of God.
Therefore, those who have been forgiven must devote themselves first
to healing because having received the idea of healing, they must
give it to hold it. The full power of creation cannot be expressed
as long as any of God's ideas withhold it from the Kingdom. The
joint will of all the Sonship is the only creator that can create
like the Father because only the complete can think completely,
and the thinking of God lacks nothing. Everything you think that
is not through the Holy Spirit is lacking.
How can you who are
so holy suffer?
All your past except
its beauty is gone, and nothing is left except a blessing. You can
indeed depart in peace because I have loved you as I loved myself.
You go with my blessing and for my blessing. Hold it and share it,
that it may always be ours. I place the peace of God in your heart
and in your hands, to hold and share. The heart is pure to hold
it and the hands are strong to give it. We cannot lose. My judgment
is as strong as the wisdom of God, in Whose Heart and Hands we have
His quiet Children
are His blessed Sons. The Thoughts of God are with you.