Course in Miracles
26 - The Transition
A little hindrance can seem large indeed
to those who do not understand that miracles are all the same. Yet
teaching that is what this course is for. This is its only purpose,
for only that is all there is to learn. And you can learn it many
different ways. All learning is a help or
hindrance to the gate of Heaven. Nothing in between is possible.
are two teachers only, who point in different ways. And you will
go along the way your chosen teacher leads. There are but two directions
you can take, while time remains and choice is meaningful. For never
will another road be made except the way to Heaven. You but choose
whether to go...
toward Heaven, or
is nothing else to choose.
is ever lost but time, which in the end is meaningless. For it is
but a little hindrance to eternity, quite meaningless to the real
Teacher of the world. Yet since you do believe in it, why should
you waste it going nowhere, when it can be used to reach a goal
as high as learning can achieve?
not the way to Heaven’s gate is difficult at all. Nothing
you undertake with certain purpose and high resolve and happy confidence,
holding each other’s hand and keeping step to Heaven’s
song, is difficult to do. But it is hard indeed to wander off, alone
and miserable, down a road which leads to nothing, and which has
gave His Teacher to replace the one you made, not to conflict with
it. And what He would replace has been replaced. Time lasted but
an instant in your mind, with no effect upon eternity. And so is
all time passed, and everything exactly as it was before the way
to nothingness was made. The
tiny tick of time in which the first mistake was made—and
all of them within that one mistake—held also the correction
for that one, and all of them that came within the first. And
in that tiny instant time was gone, for that was all it ever was.
What God gave answer to is answered and is gone.
you who still believe you live in time and know not it is gone,
the Holy Spirit still guides you through the infinitely small and
senseless maze you still perceive in time, though it has long since
gone. You think you live in
what is past. Each thing you look upon you saw but for an instant,
long ago, before its unreality gave way to truth. Not
one illusion still remains unanswered in your mind. Uncertainty
was brought to certainty so long ago that it is hard indeed to hold
it to your heart, as if it were before you still.
tiny instant you would keep and make eternal, passed away in Heaven
too soon for anything to notice it had come. What disappeared too
quickly to affect the simple knowledge of the Son of God can hardly
still be there, for you to choose to be your teacher. Only in the
past—an ancient past, too short to make a world in answer
to creation—did this world appear to rise. So very long ago,
for such a tiny interval of time, that not one note in Heaven’s
song was missed.
each unforgiving act or thought,
every judgment, and
all belief in sin,
one instant still called back, as if it could be made again in time.
You keep an ancient
memory before your eyes. And he who lives
in memories alone is unaware of where he is.
is the great release from time. It is the key to learning that the
past is over. Madness speaks no more. There is no other teacher
and no other way. For what has been undone no longer is. And who
can stand upon a distant shore and dream himself a across an ocean
to a place and time that have long since gone by? How real hindrance
can this dream be to where he really is? For this is fact, and does
not change whatever dreams he has. Yet can he still imagine he is
elsewhere and in another time. In the extreme, he can delude himself
that this is true and pass from mere imagining into believe and
into madness, quite convinced that where he would prefer to be,
a hindrance to the place whereon he stands? Is
any echo from the past that he may hear a fact in what is there
to hear where he is now? And
how much can his own delusions about time and place affect a change
in where he really is?
unforgiven is a voice that calls from out a past forever more gone
by. And everything which points to it as real is but a wish that
what is gone could be made real again, and seen as here and now,
in place of what is really now and here. Is
this a hindrance to the truth the past is gone, and cannot be returned
to you? And
do you want that fearful instant kept, when Heaven seemed to disappear,
and God was feared and made a symbol of your hate?
the time of terror that has been so long ago corrected and undone.
Can (the idea of) sin withstand the Will of God? Can it be up to
you to see the past, and put it in the present? You can not go back.
And everything that points the way in the direction of the past
but sets you on a mission whose accomplishment can only be unreal.
Such is the justice your Ever-Loving Father has ensured must come
to you. And from your own unfairness to yourself has He protected
you. You cannot lose your
way because there is no way but His, and nowhere can you go except
God allow His Son to lose his way along a road long since a memory
of time gone by? (This course will teach you only what is now.)
A dreadful instant in a distant past, now perfectly corrected, is
of no concern nor value. Let the dead and gone be peacefully forgotten.
Resurrection has come to take its place. And now you are a part
of resurrection, not of death. No past illusions have the power
to keep you in a place of death, a vault God’s Son entered
an instant, to be instantly restored unto His Father’s perfect
Love. And how can he be kept in chains long since removed and gone
forever from his mind?
Son that God created is as free as God created him. He was reborn
the instant that he chose to die instead of live. And will you not
forgive him now, because he made an error in the past that God remembers
not, and is not there? Now
are you shifting back and forth between the past and present. Sometimes
the past seems real, as if it were the present. Voices from the
past are heard, and then are doubted.
You are like to one who still hallucinates, but lacks conviction
in what he perceives.
is the borderland between the worlds, the bridge between the past
and present. Here
the shadow of the past remains, but still a present light is dimly
it is seen, this light can never be forgotten. It must draw you
from the past into the present, where you really are.
voices do not change the laws of time or of eternity. They come
from what is past and gone, and hinder not the true existence of
the here and now. The
real world is the second part of the hallucination time and death
are real, and have existence which can be perceived. This
terrible illusion (that time and death are real) was denied in but
the time it took for God to give His answer to illusion for all
time and every circumstance. And then it was no more, to be experienced
and every minute in each day, and every instant that each minute
holds, you but relive the single instant when the time of terror
was replaced by love. And
so you die each day to live again, until you cross the gap between
past and present, which is not a gap at all. Such
is each life; a seeming interval from birth to death, and on to
life again, a repetition of an instant gone by long ago, which cannot
be relived. And
all of time is but the mad belief that what is over is still here
past an dlet it go, for it is gone. You stand no longer on the ground
that lies between the worlds. You
have gone on, and reached the world that lies at Heaven’s
is no hindrance to the Will of God, nor any need that you repeat
again a journey that was over long ago. Look gently on each other,
and behold the world in which perception of your hate has been transformed
into a world of love.