20 - Promise of the Resurrection
Means and End
have said much about discrepancies of means and end,
and how these must be brought in line before your
holy relationship can bring you only joy. But we have
also said the means to meet the Holy Spirit’s
goal will come from the same Source as does His purpose.
Being so simple and direct, this course has nothing
in it that is not consistent. The seeming inconsistencies,
or parts you find more difficult than others, are
merely indications of areas where means and end are
still discrepant. And this produces great discomfort.
This need not be.
course requires almost nothing of you. It is impossible
to imagine one that asks so little, or could offer
period of discomfort that follows the sudden change
in a relationship from sin to holiness should now
be almost over. To the extent you still experience
it, you are refusing to leave the means to Him Who
changed the purpose. You recognize you want the goal.
Are you not also willing to accept the means? If you
are not, let us admit that you are inconsistent.
purpose is attained by means, and if you want a purpose,
you must be willing to want the means as well. How
can one be sincere and say,
want this above all else, and yet I do not want
to learn the means to get it?”
To obtain the goal, the Holy Spirit indeed asked little.
He asks no more to give the means as well. The means
are second to the goal. And when you hesitate, it
is because the purpose frightens you, and not the
means. Remember this, for otherwise you will make
the error of believing the means are difficult. Yet
how can they be difficult if they are merely given
you? They guarantee the goal, and they are perfectly
in line with it. Before we look at them a little closer,
remember that if you think they are impossible, your
wanting of the purpose has been shaken. For if a goal
is possible to reach, the means to do so must be possible
It is impossible to see your brother as sinless, and
yet to look upon him as a body. Is this not perfectly
consistent with the goal of holiness? For holiness
is merely the result of letting the effects of sin
be lifted, so what was always true is recognized.
see a sinless body is impossible, for holiness is
positive, and the body is merely neutral. It is not
sinful, but neither is it sinless. As nothing, which
it is, the body cannot meaningfully be invested with
attributes of Christ or of the ego. Either must be
an error, for both would place the attributes where
they cannot be. And both must be undone for purposes
The body is the means by which the ego tries to make
the unholy relationship seem real. The unholy instant
IS the time of bodies. But the purpose here is sin.
It cannot be attained but in illusion, and so the
illusion of a brother as a body is quite in keeping
with the purpose of unholiness. Because of this consistency,
the means remain unquestioned while the end is cherished.
Vision adapts to wish, for sight is always secondary
to desire. And if you see the body, you have chosen
judgment and not vision.
vision, like relationships, has no order. You either
see or not.
Who sees a brother’s body has laid a judgment
on him, and sees him not. He does not really see him
as sinful; he does not see him at all. In the darkness
of sin, he is invisible. He can but be imagined in
the darkness, and it is here that the illusions youhold
about him are not held up to his reality. Here are
illusions and reality kept separated. Here are illusions
never brought to truth, and always hidden from it.
And here, in darkness, is your brother’s reality
imagined as a body, in unholy relationships with other
bodies, serving the cause of sin an instant before
There is indeed a difference between this vain imagining
and vision. The difference lies not in them, but in
their purpose. Both are but means, each one appropriate
to the end for which it is employed. Neither can serve
the purpose of the other, for each one is a choice
of purpose, employed on its behalf. Either is meaningless
without the end for which it was intended, nor is
it valued as a separate thing apart from the intention.
The means seem real because the goal is valued. And
judgment has no value unless the goal is sin.
The body cannot be looked upon except through judgment.
To see the body is the sign that you lack vision,
and have denied the means the Holy Spirit offers you
to serve His purpose. How can a holy relationship
achieve its purpose through the means of sin?
you taught yourself; vision is learned from Him Who
would undo your teaching. His vision cannot see the
body because it cannot look on sin. And thus it leads
you to reality. Your holy brother, sight of whom is
your release, is no illusion. Attempt to see him not
in darkness, for your imaginings about him will seem
real there. You closed your eyes to shut him out.
Such was your purpose, and while this purpose seems
to have any meaning, the means for its attainment
will be evaluated as worth the seeing, and so you
will not see.
Your question should not be,
“How can I see my brother without the
I really wish to see him sinless?”
as you ask, forget not that his sinlessness is yourR
escape from fear. Salvation is the Holy Spirit’s
goal. The means is vision. For what the seeing look
upon IS sinless. No one who loves can judge, and what
he sees is free of condemnation. And what he sees
he did not make, for it was given him to see, as was
the vision which made his seeing possible.