Course in Miracles
10 - God and the Ego
Problem and the Answer
The world as you perceive it cannot have
been created by the Father, for the world is not as you see it.
created only the eternal, and everything you see is perishable.
Therefore, there must be another
world which you do not see.
speaks of "a new Heaven and a new earth",
3:13 yet this cannot be literally true, for the eternal
are not re-created.
anew is merely to perceive again, implying that before, or in the
interval, you were not perceiving at all. What, then, is the world
that awaits your perception when you see it?
thought that the Son of God ever had is eternal. Those which his
mind perceived in this world are the world’s only reality.
They are still perceptions because he still believes that he is
separate. Yet they are eternal because they are loving. And being
loving, they are like the Father, and therefore cannot die. The
real world can
actually be perceived. All that is necessary is a willingness to
perceive nothing else. For if you perceive both good and evil, you
are accepting both the false and the true, and making no distinction
The ego sees
some good, but never only good. That is why its perceptions are
so variable. It does not reject goodness entirely, for that you
could not accept. But it always adds something that is not real
to the real, thus confusing illusion and reality, for perceptions
cannot be partly true. If you believe in truth and illusion you
cannot tell which is true. To
establish your personal autonomy you tried to create unlike your
Father, believing what you made to be capable of being unlike Him.
Yet everything in what you have made that is true, is like Him.
Only this is the real world. And perceiving only this, will lead
you to the real Heaven because it will make you capable of understanding
of goodness is not knowledge, but the denial of the opposite of
goodness enables you to perceive a condition in which opposites
do not exist, and this is the condition of knowledge. Without this
awareness, you have not met its conditions, and until you do, you
will not know that it is yours already. You have made many ideas
which you have placed between yourselves and your Creator, and these
beliefs are the world as you perceive it.
Truth is not
absent here, but it is obscure. You
do not know the difference between what you have made and what God
created, and so you do not know the difference between what you
have made and what you have created.
that you can perceive the real world is to believe that you can
You can know
God because it is His Will to be known. The real world is all that
the Holy Spirit has saved for you out of what you have made, and
to perceive only this is salvation because it is the recognition
that reality is only what is true.
This is a
very simple course. Perhaps you do not feel that a course which,
in the end, teaches nothing more than that only reality is true
is necessary. But do you believe it? When you have perceived the
real world, you will recognize that you did not believe it. Yet
the swiftness with which your new and only real perception will
be translated into knowledge will leave you only an instant to realize
that this judgment is true.
And then everything
you made will be forgotten, the good and bad, the false and the
true. For as Heaven and earth become one, even the real world will
vanish from your sight. The end of the world is not its destruction
but its translation into Heaven. The re-interpretation of the world
is the transfer of all perception to knowledge.
tells you to"become as little children." Matthew
recognize that they do not understand what they perceive, and so
they ask what it means. Do not make the mistake of believing that
you understand what you perceive, for its meaning is lost to you.
Yet the Holy Spirit has saved its meaning for you, and if you will
ley Him interpret it for you, He will restore what you have thrown
away. As long as you think you know its meaning, you will see no
need to ask it of Him.
not know the meaning of anything you perceive. Not one thought
you hold is wholly true.
of this is your firm beginning. You are not misguided; you have
accepted no guide at all. Instruction in perception is your great
need, for you understand nothing. Recognize this but do not accept
it, for understanding is your inheritance.
Perceptions are learned, and you are not without a Teacher. Yet
your willingness to learn of Him depends on your willingness to
question everything you have learned of yourself, for you who have
learned amiss should not be your own teachers.
No one can
withhold truth except from himself. Yet God will not refuse the
answer He gave you. Ask, then, for what is yours but which you did
not make, and do not defend yourself against truth. You made the
problem which God has answered.
therefore, but one simple question,
I want the problem or do I want the answer?”
Decide for the
answer and you will have it, for you will see it as it is, and it
is yours already.
that this course is not sufficiently specific for you to understand
it and use it. Yet it has been very specific, and you have not done
what it specifically advocates. This is not a course in the play
of ideas, but in their practical application. Nothing could be more
specific than to be told very clearly that if you ask you will receive.
The Holy Spirit will answer every specific problem as long as you
believe that problems are specific. His answer is both many and
one, as long as you believe that the One IS many. Realize that you
are afraid of His specificity, for fear of what you think it will
demand of you. Yet only by asking will you learn that nothing that
is of God demands anything of you.
He does not take.
You are refusing
to ask because you believe that asking is taking, and you do not
perceive it as sharing. The Holy Spirit will give you only what
is yours, and will take nothing in return. For what is yours IS
everything, and you share it with God. This IS its reality. Would
the Holy Spirit, Who wills only to restore, be capable of misinterpreting
the question you must ask to learn His answer?
heard the answer, but you have misunderstand the question. You have
believed that to ask for guidance of the Holy Spirit is to ask for
children of God, you do not understand your Father.
in a world that takes because you believe that you can get by taking.
And by that perception you have lost sight of the real world. You
are afraid of the world as you see it, but the real world is still
yours for the asking. Do not deny it to yourself, for it can only
free you. Nothing of God will enslave His Son, whom He created free
and whose freedom is protected by His Being.
you who will ask the truth of God without fear, for only thus can
you learn that His answer is the release from fear.
Child of God, you are asking only for what I promised you. Do
you believe I would deceive you? The Kingdom of Heaven is within
you. Believe that the truth is in me, for I know that it is
Sons have nothing which they do not share. Ask for truth of any
Son of God, and you have asked it of me. No one of us but has the
answer in him, to give to anyone who asks it of him. Ask anything
of God’s Son and His Father will answer you, for Christ is
not deceived in His Father and His Father is not deceived in Him.
Do not, then,
be deceived in your brother, and see only his loving thoughts as
his reality, for by denying that his mind is split you will heal
yours. Accept him as his Father accepts him and heal him unto Christ,
for Christ is his healing and yours. Christ is the Son of God Who
is in no way separate from His Father, Whose every thought is as
loving as the Thought of His Father by which He was created. Be
not deceived in God’s Son, for thereby you must be deceived
in yourself. And being deceived in yourself you are deceived in
your Father, in Whom no deceit is possible.
In the real
world there is no sickness, for there is no separation and no division.
Only loving thoughts are recognized, and because no one is without
your help the Help of God goes with you everywhere. As you become
willing to accept this Help by asking for it, you will give it because
you want it. Nothing will be beyond your healing power because nothing
will be denied your simple request. What problems will not disappear
in the presence of God’s answer?
to learn of the reality of your brother because this is what you
will perceive in him, and you will see your beauty reflected in
Do not accept
your brother’s variable perception of himself, for his split
mind is yours, and you will not accept your healing without his.
For you share the real world as you share Heaven, and his healing
IS yours. To love yourself is to heal yourself, and you cannot perceive
part of you as sick and achieve your own goal. Brother, we heal
together as we live together and love together. Be not deceived
in God’s Son, for he is one with himself and One with his
Father. Love him who is beloved of His Father, and you will learn
of the Father’s Love for you.
If you perceive
offense in a brother pluck the offense from your mind, for you are
offended by Christ, and are deceived in Him. Heal in Christ and
be not offended by Him, for there IS no offense in Him. If what
you perceive offends you, you are offended in yourself and are condemning
God’s Son whom God condemneth not. Let the Holy Spirit remove
all offense of God’s Son against himself and perceive no-one
but through His guidance, for He would save you from all condemnation.
Accept His healing power and use it for all He sends you, for He
wills to heal the Son of God in whom He is not deceived.
perceive terrifying ghosts and monsters and dragons and they are
terrified. Yet if they ask someone they trust for the real meaning
of what they perceive, and are willing to let their interpretations
go in favor of reality, their fear goes with them.
When a child
is helped to translate his “ghost” into a curtain, his
“monster” into a shadow and his “dragon”
into a dream he is no longer afraid, and laughs happily at his own
fear. You, my children, are afraid of your brothers and of your
Father and of yourselves. But you are merely deceived in them.
they are of the Teacher of Reality, and hearing His answer, you
too will laugh at your fears and replace them with peace. For fear
lies not in reality, but in the minds of children who do not understand
reality. It is only their lack of understanding which frightens
them, and when they learn to perceive truly they are not afraid.
And because of this they will ask for truth again when they are
frightened. It is not the reality of your brothers or your Father
or yourself which frightens you. You do not know what they are,
and so you perceive them as ghosts and monsters and dragons. Ask
of their reality from the One Who knows it, and He will tell you
what they are. For you do not understand them, and because you are
deceived by what you see, you need reality to dispel your fears.
not exchange your fears for truth if the exchange is yours for the
For if God
is not deceived in you, you can be deceived only in yourself. Yet
you can learn the truth of yourself of the Holy Spirit, Who will
teach you that, as part of God, deceit in you is impossible. When
you perceive yourself without deceit, you will accept the real world
in place of the false one you have made. And then your Father will
lean down to you and take the last step for you by raising you unto