Course in Miracles
22 - Salvation and the Holy Spirit
of the Holy Relationship
Take pity on yourselves,
so long enslaved. Rejoice whom God hath joined have come together
and need no longer look on sin apart.
No two can look
on sin together, for they could never see it in the same place
Sin is a strictly
individual perception, seen in the other yet believed by each to
be within himself. And each one seems to make a different error,
and one the other cannot understand. Brothers, it is the same, made
by the same, and forgiven for its maker in the same way.
The holiness of your
relationship forgives you both, undoing the effects of what you
both believed and saw. And with their going is the need for sin
gone with them.
Who has need for sin?
Only the lonely and alone who see their brothers different from
themselves. It is this difference, seen but not real, that makes
the need for sin, not real but seen, seem justified. And all this
would be real if sin were so. For an unholy relationship is based
on differences, where each one thinks the other has what he has
not. They come together, each to complete himself and rob the other.
They stay until they think there's nothing left to steal and then
move on. And so they wander through a world of strangers unlike
themselves, living with their bodies perhaps under a common roof
that shelters neither—in
the same room and yet a world apart.
A holy relationship
starts from a different premise.
Each one has
looked within and seen no lack. Accepting his completion,
he would extend it by joining with another, whole as himself.
He sees no difference
between these selves, for differences are only of the body. Therefore,
he looks on nothing he would take. He denies not his own reality,
because it is the truth. Just under Heaven does he stand, but close
enough not to return to earth. For this relationship has Heaven's
holiness. How far from home can a relationship so like to Heaven
Think what a holy relationship
Here is belief in
differences undone. Here is the faith in differences shifted to
sameness. [And here is sight of differences transformed to vision.]
And reason now can lead you to the logical conclusion of your union.
It must extend, as you extended when you joined. It must reach out
beyond itself, as you reached out beyond the body to let yourselves
be joined. And now the sameness which you saw extends and finally
removes all sense of differences so that the sameness that lies
beneath them all becomes apparent. Here is the golden circle where
you recognize the Son of God. For what is born into a holy relationship
can never end.
(right mind) take another step.
If you attack whom
God would heal and hate the one He loves, then you and your Creator
have a different will. Yet if you are his Will, what you must
then believe is that you are not yourself.
You can indeed believe
this, and you do. And you have faith in this and see much evidence
on its behalf. And where, you wonder, does your strange uneasiness,
your sense of being disconnected, and your haunting fear of lack
of meaning in yourself arise? It is as though you wandered in without
a plan of any kind except to wander off, for only that seems certain.
Yet we have heard
a very similar description earlier, but it was not of you. And yet
this strange idea, which it does accurately describe, you think
is you. Reason would tell you that the world you see through eyes
which are not yours must make no sense to you. To whom would vision
such as this send back its messages? Surely not you, whose sight
is wholly independent of the eyes which look upon the world. If
this is not your vision, what can it show to you? The brain cannot
interpret what your vision sees. This you would understand. The
brain interprets to the body, of which it is a part. But what it
says, you cannot understand. Yet you have listened to it. And long
and hard you tried to understand its messages. You did not realize
it is impossible to understand what fails entirely to reach you.
You have received
no messages at all you understand. For you have listened to what
can never communicate at all. Think, then, what happened...
Denying what you
are and firm in faith that you are something else, this “something
else” which you have made to be yourself became your sight.
Yet it must be the “something else” which sees, and
as not you, explains its sight to you. Your vision would, of course,
render this quite unnecessary.
Yet if your eyes
are closed and you have called upon this thing to lead you, asking
it to explain to you the world it sees, you have no reason not to
listen nor to suspect that what it tells you is not true. Reason
would tell you it cannot be true because you do not understand
it. God has no secrets. He does not lead you through a world of
misery, waiting to tell you at the journey’s end why He did
this to you.
What could be secret
from God's Will? Yet you believe that you have secrets. What could
your secrets be except another will that is your own, apart from
His? Reason would tell you that this is no secret that need be hidden
as a sin. But a mistake indeed! Let not your fear of sin protect
it from correction, for the attraction of guilt is only fear. Here
is the one emotion that you made, whatever it may seem to be. This
is the emotion of secrecy, of private thoughts, and of the body.
This is the one emotion that opposes love and always leads to sight
of differences and loss of sameness. Here is the one emotion that
keeps you blind, dependent on the self you think you made to lead
you through the world it made for you..
Your (real) sight
was given you, along with everything that you can understand. You
will perceive no difficulty in understanding what this vision tells
you, for everyone sees only what he thinks he is. And what your
sight would show you, you will understand because it is the truth.
Only your vision can convey to you what you can see. It reaches
you directly without a need to be interpreted to you. What needs
interpretation must be alien. Nor will it ever be made understandable
by an interpreter you cannot understand.
Of all the messages
you have received and failed to understand, this course alone
is open to your understanding and can be understood.
This is your language.
You do not understand it yet, only because your whole communication
is like a baby's. The sounds a baby makes and what he hears are
highly unreliable, meaning different things to him at different
times. Neither the sounds he hears nor sights he sees are stable
yet. But what he hears and does not understand will be his native
tongue, through which he will communicate with those around him,
and they with him. And the strange, shifting ones he sees about
him will become to him his comforters, and he will recognize his
home and see them there with him.
So in each holy
relationship is the ability to communicate instead of separate
Yet a holy relationship,
so recently reborn itself from an unholy relationship and yet more
ancient than the old illusion that it has replaced, is like a baby
now in its rebirth. Yet in this infant is your vision returned to
you, and he will speak the language both of you can understand.
He is not nurtured by the "something else" you thought
was you. He was not given there, nor was received by anything except
yourself. For no two people can unite except through Christ, Whose
vision sees them one.
Think what is given
you, my holy brothers. This child will teach you what you do not
understand and make it plain. For his will be no alien tongue. He
will need no interpreter to you, for it was you who taught him what
he knows because you knew it. He could not come to anyone but you,
never to "something else." Where Christ has entered, no
one is alone, for never could He find a home in separate ones. Yet
must He be reborn into His ancient home, so seeming new and yet
as old as He, a tiny newcomer, dependent on the holiness of your
relationship to let Him live.
Be certain God did
not entrust His Son to the unworthy. Nothing but what is part of
Him is worthy of being joined. Nor is it possible that anything
not part of Him can join.
have been restored to those that join, for this they could not
do through bodies.
What, then, has joined
them? Reason will tell you that they must have seen each other through
a vision not of the body and communicated in a language the body
does not speak. Nor could it be a fearful sight or sound that drew
them gently into one. Rather, in each the other saw a perfect shelter
where his Self could be reborn in safety and in peace. Such did
his reason tell him; such he believed because it was the truth.
Here is the first
direct perception that you have made. You made it through awareness
older than perception, and yet reborn in just an instant. For what
is time to what was always so? Think what that instant brought...
the recognition that
the "something else" you thought was you is an illusion.
And truth came instantly
to show you where your Self must be. It is denial of illusions that
calls on truth, for to deny illusions is to recognize that fear
is meaningless. Into the holy home, where fear is powerless, love
enters thankfully, grateful that it is one with you who joined to
let it enter.
Christ comes to what
is like Himself; the same, not different. For He is always drawn
unto Himself. What is as like Him as a holy relationship? And what
draws you together draws Him to you. Here are His sweetness and
His gentle innocence protected from attack. And here can He return
in confidence, for faith in one another is always faith in Him.
You are indeed correct in looking on each other as His chosen home,
for here you will with Him and with His Father.
This is your Father's
Will for you, and yours with His. And who is drawn to Christ is
drawn to God as surely as both are drawn to every holy relationship,
the home prepared for them as earth is turned to Heaven.