Course in Miracles
1 - The Journey Back
of Miracle Impulses
You are involved in unconscious distortions
which are producing a dense cover over miracle impulses, and which
make it hard for them to reach consciousness.
of any interpersonal relationship is limited or defined by what
you want it to do. Relating is a way of achieving an outcome. The
danger of defenses lies in their propensity for holding misperceptions
rigidly in place. All actions which stem from reverse-thinking are
literally the behavioral expressions of those who know not what
they do. A rigid orientation can be extremely reliable, even if
it is upside-down. In fact, the more consistently upsidedown it
is, the more reliable it is.
is still the ultimate goal, which reliability can only serve.
- all kinds
of expressions of lack of love
very clearly seen in the fantasies which accompany them. But it
is a profound error to imagine that because these fantasies are
so frequent, or occur so reliably, that this implies validity. Remember
that while validity implies reliability, the relationship is not
reversible. You can be wholly reliable and entirely wrong. While
a reliable instrument does measure something, what use is it unless
you discover what the “something” is? This course, then,
will concentrate on validity, and let reliability fall naturally
of miracle impulses with physical impulses is a major source of
perceptual distortion, because it induces, rather than straightens
out, the basic level confusion (spirit vs physical) which underlies
the perception of all those who seek happiness with the instruments
of this world. Inappropriate
physical impulses (or misdirected miracle impulses) result in conscious
guilt ,if expressed, and depression if denied.
All real pleasure
comes from doing God’s Will. This is because not doing it
is a denial of self. Denial
of error results in projection. Correction of error brings release.
us not into temptation” Matthew
6:13 means “do
not let us deceive ourselves into believing that we can relate
in peace to God or to our brothers with anything external.”
God, you were created to create the good, the beautiful, and the
holy. Do not lose sight of this. The
love of God, for a little while, must still be expressed through
one body to another because the real vision is still so dim. Everyone
can use his body best by enlarging man’s perception so he
can see the real vision. This
vision is invisible to the physical eye. The
ultimate purpose of the body is to render itself unnecessary. Learning
to do this is the only real reason for its creation.
of any kind are distorted forms of thinking, because they always
involve twisting perception into unreality. Fantasy is a debased
form of vision. Vision and revelation are closely related, while
fantasy and projection are more closely associated because both
attempt to control external reality according to false internal
reality in any way, and you are perceiving destructively. Reality
was lost through usurpation, which in turn produced tyranny.
I told you
that you are now restored to your former role in the plan of Atonement,
but you must still choose freely to devote yourselves to the greater
long as a single slave remains to walk the earth, your release is
not complete. Complete
restoration of the Sonship is the only true goal of the miracle-minded.
are true. They
are distortions of perception, by definition. They are a means of
making false associations, and obtaining pleasure from them. Man
can do this only because he is creative. But although he can perceive
false associations, he can never make them real except to himself.
in what he creates. If he creates miracles, he will be equally
strong in his belief in them.
of his conviction will then sustain the belief of the miracle receiver.
become totally unnecessary, as the wholly satisfying nature of reality
becomes apparent to both.