Course in Miracles
13 - From Perception to Knowledge
will be commensurate with motivation, and the interference in your
motivation for learning is exactly the same as that which interferes
with all your thinking.
learner cannot feel guilty about learning.
This is so
essential to learning that it should never be forgotten. The guiltless
learner learns so easily because his thoughts are free. Yet this
entails the recognition that guilt is interference, not salvation,
and serves no useful function at all.
You are accustomed
to using guiltlessness merely to offset the pain of guilt, and do
not look upon it as having value in itself. You believe that guilt
and guiltlessness are both of value, each representing an escape
from what the other does not offer you. You do not want either alone,
for without both you do not see yourselves as whole and therefore
happy. Yet you are whole only in your guiltlessness, and only in
your guiltlessness can you be happy. There is no conflict here.
To wish for guilt in any way, in any form, will lose appreciation
of the value of your guiltlessness, and push it from your sight.
There is no
compromise that you can make with guilt, and escape the pain which
only guiltlessness allays. Learning is living here, as creating
is Being in Heaven. Whenever the pain of guilt seems to attract
you, remember that, if you yield to it, you are deciding against
your happiness, and will not learn how to be happy.
to yourself, gently, but with the conviction born of the love of
God and of His Son...
I experience I will make manifest. If I am guiltless I have nothing
to fear. I choose to testify to my acceptance of the Atonement,
not for its rejection. I would accept my guiltlessness by making
it manifest and sharing it.Let me bring peace to God’s Son
from his Father.”
each hour and minute, even every second, you are deciding between
the crucifixion and the resurrection; between the ego and the Holy
Spirit. The ego is the choice for guilt; the Holy Spirit the decision
for guiltlessness. The power of decision is all that is yours. What
you can decide between is fixed, because there are no alternatives
except truth and illusion. And there is no overlap between them,
because they are opposites which cannot be reconciled and cannot
both be true.
- guilty or
- bound or
- happy or
teaches you that you have chosen guiltlessness, freedom and joy.
It is not a cause, but an effect. It is the natural result of choosing
right, attesting to your happiness that comes from choosing to be
free of guilt. Everyone you offer healing to returns it. Everyone
you attack keeps it and cherishes it by holding it against you.
Whether he does this or does it not will make no difference; you
will think he does. It
is impossible to offer what you do not want without this penalty.
The cost of giving is receiving. Either it is a penalty from which
you suffer, or the happy purchase of a treasure to hold dear.
is ever asked of God’s Son except BY himself and of himself.
Every chance given him to heal is another opportunity to replace
darkness with light and fear with love. If he refuses it, he binds
himself to darkness because he did not choose to free his brother,
and enter light with him. By giving power to nothing, he threw away
the joyous opportunity to learn that nothing has no power. And by
not dispelling darkness he became afraid of darkness and of light.
The joy of
learning that darkness has no power over the Son of God is the happy
lesson the Holy Spirit teaches, and would have you teach with Him.
It is His joy to teach it, as it will be yours.
The way to
teach this simple lesson is merely this:
make your invulnerability manifest to everyone, and teach him that,
whatever he may try to do to you, your perfect freedom from the
belief that you can be harmed shows him he is guiltless.
He can do nothing
that can hurt you.
And by refusing
to allow him to think he can, you teach him that the Atonement,
which you have accepted for yourself, is also His. There is nothing
to forgive. No one can hurt the Son of God. His guilt is wholly
without cause, and being without cause cannot exist.
God is the
only Cause, and guilt is not of Him. Teach no one he has hurt you,
for if you do, you teach yourself that what is not of God has power
over you. The causeless cannot be. Do not attest to it, and do not
foster belief in it in any mind. Remember
always that mind is one and cause is one. You will learn communication
with this oneness only when you learn to deny the causeless, and
accept the Cause of God as yours. The power that God has given to
His Son is his, and nothing else can His Son see or choose to look
upon without imposing on himself the penalty of guilt in place of
all the happy teaching the Holy Spirit would gladly offer him.
decide to make decisions for yourself, you are thinking destructively,
and the decision will be wrong. It will hurt you because of the
concept of decision which led to it. It is not true that you can
make decisions by yourself or for yourself alone. No thought of
God’s Son can be separate or isolated in its effects. Every
decision is made for the whole Sonship, directed in and out, and
influencing a constellation larger than anything you ever dreamed
accept the Atonement are invulnerable. But those who believe they
are guilty will respond to guilt, because they think it is salvation,
and will not refuse to see it and side with it. And they will fail
to understand the simple fact that what they do not want must hurt
All this arises
because they do not believe that what they want is good. Yet will
was given them because it is holy, and will bring to them all that
they need, coming as naturally as peace that knows no limits. There
is nothing their wills will not provide that offers them anything
of value. Yet because they do not understand their will, the Holy
Spirit quietly understands it for them, and gives them what they
will without effort, strain, or the impossible burden of deciding
what they want and need alone.
It will never
happen that you will have to make decisions for yourself. You are
not bereft of help, and Help that knows the answer. Would you be
content with little, which is all that you alone can offer yourself,
when He Who gives you everything will simply offer it to you? He
will never ask what you have done to make you worthy of the gift
of God. Ask it not therefore of yourselves. Instead, accept His
answer, for He knows that you are worthy of everything God wills
for you. Do not try to escape the gift of God which He so freely
and so gladly offers you. He offers you but what God gave Him for
you. You need not decide whether or not you are deserving of it.
God knows you are.
deny the truth of God’s decision, and place your pitiful appraisal
of yourself in place of His calm and unswerving value of His Son?
shake God’s conviction of the perfect purity of everything
that He created, for it is wholly pure. Do not decide against it,
for being of Him it must be true. Peace
abides in every mind that quietly accepts the plan which God has
set for his Atonement, relinquishing his own. You know not of salvation,
for you do not understand it. Make no decisions about what it is
or where it lies, but ask of the Holy Spirit everything, and leave
all decisions to His gentle counsel.
The One Who
knows the plan of God which God would have you follow can teach
you what it IS. Only His wisdom is capable of guiding you to follow
it. Every decision you undertake alone but signifies that you would
define what salvation IS, and what you would be saved from. The
Holy Spirit knows that all salvation is escape from guilt. You have
no other “enemy,” and against this strange distortion
of the purity of the Son of God the Holy Spirit is your only friend.
He is the strong protector of your innocence which sets you free.
And it is His decision to undo everything that would obscure your
innocence from your unclouded mind.
therefore, be the only Guide that you would follow to salvation.
He knows the way, and leads you gladly on it. With Him you will
not fail to learn what God wills for you is your will. Without
His guidance you will think you know alone, and will decide against
your peace as surely as you made the wrong decision in ever thinking
that salvation lay in you alone. Salvation
is of Him to Whom God gave it for you. He has not forgotten it.
Forget Him not, and He will make every decision for you, for your
salvation and the peace of God in you.
not to appraise the worth of God’s Son whom He created holy,
for to do so is to evaluate his Father, and judge against Him.
you will feel guilty for this imagined crime, which no one in this
world or Heaven could possible commit. God’s Spirit teaches
only that the “sin” of self-replacement on the throne
of God is not a source of guilt.
cannot happen can have no effects to fear.
quiet in your faith in Him Who loves you and would lead you out
may be your choice, but not your reality. Never forget the Love
of God, Who has remembered you. For it is quite impossible that
He could ever let His Son drop from His Loving Mind wherein he was
created, and where his abode was fixed in perfect peace forever.
to the Holy Spirit only,
for me,” and it is done.
His decisions are reflections of what God knows about you, and in
this light error of any kind becomes impossible.
would you struggle so frantically to anticipate all that you cannot
know when all knowledge lies behind every decision which the Holy
Spirit makes for you?
Learn of His wisdom and His love, and teach His answer to everyone
who struggles in the dark. For you decide for them and for yourself.
gracious is it to decide all things through Him Whose equal love
is given equally to all alike!
He leaves you no one outside yourself, alone without you. And so
He gives you what is yours because your Father would have you share
it with Him.
everything be led by Him, and do not reconsider.
Him to answer quickly, surely, and with love for everyone who will
be touched in any way by the decision. And everyone will be.
you take unto yourself the sole responsibility for deciding what
can bring only good to everyone?
you know this?
taught yourselves the most unnatural habit of not communicating
with your Creator. Yet you remain in close communication with Him,
and with everything that is within Him, as it is within yourself.
isolation through His loving guidance, and learn of all the happy
communication that you have thrown away but could not lose.
Whenever you are in doubt what you should do, think of His Presence
in you, and tell yourself this, and only this:
leadeth me, and knows the way, which I know not. Yet He will never
keep from me what He would have me learn. And so I trust Him to
communicate to me all that He knows for me.”
let Him teach you quietly how to perceive your guiltlessness which
is already there.