Course in Miracles
13 - From Perception to Knowledge
You are accustomed to the notion that
the mind can see the source of pain where it is not. The
doubtful service of displacement is to hide the real source of your
guilt, and keep from your awareness the full perception that it
is insane. Displacement always is maintained by the illusion that
the source, from which attention is diverted must be true. And must
be fearful, or you would not have displaced the guilt onto what
you believed to be less fearful. You are therefore willing, with
little opposition, to look upon all sorts of “sources”
underneath awareness, provided that they are not the deeper source
to which they bear no real relationship at all.
have no real relationships, for that is why they are insane. No
real relationship can rest on guilt, or even hold one spot of it
to mar its purity. For all relationships which guilt has touched
are used but to avoid the person and the guilt. What strange relationships
you have made for this strange purpose! And you forgot that real
relationships are holy, and cannot be used by you at all. They
are used only by the Holy Spirit, and it is that which makes them
pure. For by preempting for your own ends what you should have given
to Him, he cannot use them unto your release. No one who would unite
in any way with anyone for his own salvation will find it in that
strange relationship. It is not shared, and so it is not real.
In any union
with a brother in which you seek to lay your guilt upon him, or
share it with him, or perceive his own, you will feel guilty. Nor
will you find satisfaction and peace with him because your union
with him is not real. You will see guilt in that relationship because
you put it there. It is inevitable that those who suffer guilt will
attempt to displace it because they do believe in it. Yet, though
they suffer, they will not look within and let it go. They
cannot know they love, and cannot understand what loving IS. Their
main concern is to perceive the source of guilt outside hemselves,
beyond their own control.
maintain that you are guilty but the source lies in the past, you
are not looking inward. The past is not in you. Your wierd associations
to it have no meaning in the present. Yet you let them stand between
you and your brothers, with whom you find no real relationships
Can you expect
to use your brothers as a means to “solve” the past,
and still to see them as they really are? Salvation
is not found by those who use their brothers to resolve problems
which are not there. You wanted not salvation in the past. Would
you impose your idle wishes on the present, and hope to find salvation
then, to be not as you were. Use no relationship to hold you to
the past, but with each one each day be born again. A minute, even
less, will be enough to free you from the past, and give your mind
in peace over to the Atonement. When everyone is welcome to you
as you would have yourself be welcome to your Father, you will see
no guilt in you. For you will have accepted the Atonement, which
shone within you all the while you dreamed of guilt, and would not
look within and see it.
As long as
you believe that guilt is justified in any way, in anyone, whatever
he may do, you will not look within, where you would always find
Atonement. The end of guilt will never come as long as you believe
there is a reason for it. For you must learn that guilt is always
totally insane, and has no reason. The
Holy Spirit seeks not to dispel reality. If guilt were real atonement
would not be. The purpose of Atonement is to dispel illusions, not
to establish them as real and then forgive them.
Spirit does not keep illusions in your mind to frighten you, and
show them to you fearfully to demonstrate what He has saved you
from. What He has saved you from is gone. Give no reality to guilt,
and see no reason for it. The Holy Spirit does what God would have
Him do, and has always done so. He has seen separation, but knows
of union. He teaches healing but He also knows of creation. He
would have you see and teach as He does, and through Him. Yet what
He knows you do not know, though it is yours.
Now it is
given you to heal and teach, to make what will be now. As yet it
is not now. The Son of God believes that he is lost in guilt, alone
in a dark world where pain is pressing everywhere upon him from
without. When he has looked within and seen the radiance there,
he will remember how much his Father loves him. And it will seem
incredible that he has ever thought his Father loved him not, and
looked upon him as condemned. The
moment that you realize guilt is insane, wholly unjustified and
wholly without reason, you will not fear to look upon the Atonement
and accept it wholly.
You who have
been unmerciful unto yourselves do not remember your Father’s
Love. And looking without mercy upon your brothers, you do not remember
how much You love Him. Yet it is forever true. In shining peace
within you is the perfect purity in which you were created.
Fear not to
look upon the lovely truth in you. Look through the cloud of guilt
that dims your vision, and look past darkness to the holy place
where you will see the light. The altar to your Father is as pure
as He Who raised it to Himself. Nothing can keep from you what Christ
would have you see. His will is like His Father’s, and He
offers mercy to every Child of God, as He would have you do.
guilt as you would be released. There is no other way to look within,
and see the light of love shining as steadily and as surely as God
Himself has always loved His Son. And as His son loves HimM.
There is no
fear in love, for love is guiltless. You who have always loved your
Father can have no fear, for any reason, to look within and see
your holiness. You cannot be as you believed you were. Your guilt
is without reason because it is not in the Mind of God, where you
are. And this IS reason, which the Holy Spirit would restore to
you. He would remove only illusions. All else He would have you
see. And in Christ’s vision He would show you the perfect
purity that is forever within God’s Son.
enter into real relationships with any of God’s Sons unless
you love them all and equally. Love
is not special. If you single out part of the Sonship for your love,
you are imposing guilt on all your relationships, and making them
You can love
only as God loves. Seek not to love unlike Him, for there is no
love apart from His. Until you recognize that this is true you will
have no idea what love is like. No
one who condemns a brother can see himself as guiltless in the peace
of God. If he is guiltless and in peace and sees it not, he is delusional,
and has not looked upon himself.
To him I say,
the Son of God and look upon his purity and be still. In quiet
look upon his holiness, and offer thanks unto his Father that
no guilt has ever touched him.”
that you have ever held against him has touched his innocence in
any way. His shining purity, wholly untouched by guilt and wholly
loving, is bright within you. Let us look upon him together and
love him. For in our love of him is your guiltlessness. But
look upon yourself, and gladness and appreciation for what you see
will banish guilt forever.
thank You, Father, for the purity of Your most holy Son, whom
You have created guiltless forever.
you my faith and my belief are centered on what I treasure.
difference is that I love only what God loves with me, and because
of this, I treasure you beyond the value that you set on yourselves,
even unto the worth that God has placed upon you.
I love all that He created, and all my faith and my belief
I offer unto it.
faith in you is strong as all the love I give my Father.
trust in you is without limit, and without the fear that you will
hear me not.
I thank the Father
for your loveliness, and for the many gifts that you will let
me offer to the Kingdom in honor of its wholeness which is of
be unto you who make the Father One with His Own Son.
we are all lowly, but together we shine with brightness so intense
that none of us alone can even think on it. Before the glorious
radiance of the Kingdom guilt melts away, and transformed into kindness,
will never more be what it was.
reaction that you experience will be so purified that it is fitting
as a hymn of praise unto your Father.
only praise of Him in what He has created, for He will never cease
His praise of you. United in this praise we stand before the gates
of Heaven, where we will surely enter in our blamelessness.
Could I, then, lack
faith in you and love Him perfectly?
and sleep and even death become the ego’s best advice for
how to deal with the perceived and harsh intrusion of guilt on peace.
Yet no one sees himself in conflict,
and ravaged by a cruel war, unless he believes that both opponents
in the war are real. Believing this he must escape, for such a war
would surely end his peace of mind, and so destroy him.
if he could but realize the war is between forces that are real
and unreal powers, he could look upon himself and see his freedom.
No one finds himself ravaged and
torn in endless battles which he himself perceives as wholly without
would not have His Son embattled, and so His Son’s imagined
“enemy,” which he made, is totally unreal.
are but trying to escape a bitter war from which you have rscaped.
The war is gone. For you have heard the hymn of freedom rising unto
and joy belong to God for your release because you made it not.
Yet as you made not freedom, so you made not a war that could endnger
destructive ever was or will be. The war, the guilt, the past are
gone as one into the unreality from which they came.