Course in Miracles
6 - Attack and Fear
Remember that the Holy Spirit is the
answer, not the question. The
ego always speaks first, because it is capricious, and does not
mean its maker well. That is because it believes, and correctly,
that its maker may withdraw his support from it at any moment. If
it meant you well it would be glad, as the Holy Spirit will be glad,
when He has brought you home and you no longer need His guidance.
The ego does not regard itself as part of you. Herein lies its primary
perceptual error, the foundation of its whole thought system.
God created you, He made you part of Him. That is why attack within
the Kingdom is impossible.
made the ego without love, and so it does not love you. You could
not remain within the Kingdom without love, and since the Kingdom
is love, you believe that you are without it. This enables the ego
to regard itself as separate and outside its maker, thus speaking
for the part of your mind that believes you are separate and outside
the Mind of God. The ego, then, raised the first question that was
ever asked, but one which it can never answer. That question...
beginning of doubt.
ego has never answered any questions since, although it has raised
a great many. The most inventive activities of the ego have never
done more than obscure the question, because you have the answer
and the ego is afraid of you.
cannot understand the conflict until you fully understand one
basic fact the ego does not know.
Holy Spirit does not speak first, but He always answers. Everyone
has called upon Him for help at one time or another, and in one
way or another, and has been answered. Since the Holy Spirit answers
truly, He answers for all time, which means that everyone has the
ego cannot hear the Holy Spirit, but it does believe that part of
the same mind that made it is against it. It interprets this as
a justification for attacking its maker. It believes that the best
defense is attack, and wants you to believe it. Unless you do believe
it, you will not side with it. And the ego feels badly in need of
allies, though not of brothers. Perceiving
something alien to itself in your mind, the ego turns to the body,
not the mind, as its ally because the body is not part of you. This
makes the body the ego’s friend. It
is an alliance frankly based on separation.If
you side with this alliance you will be afraid, because you are
siding with an alliance of fear.
ego and the body conspire against your minds. And because the ego
realizes that its “enemy” (the mind) can end them both
merely by knowing they (ego & body) are not part of him, they
join in the attack together. This is perhaps the strangest perception
of all, if you consider what it really involves. The ego, which
is not real, attempts to persuade the mind, which is real, that
the mind is its own learning device, and that the learning device
is more real than it (the mind) is. No one in his right
mind could possibly believe this, and no one in his right mind
does believe it.
then, the one answer of the Holy Spirit to all the questions which
the ego raises:
are a Child of God, a priceless part of His Kingdom, which He
created as part of Him. Nothing else exists and only this is real.
You have chosen a sleep in which you have had bad dreams, but
the sleep is not real, and God calls you to awake.
will be nothing left of your dream when you hear Him, because you
will be awake. Your dreams have contained many of the ego’s
symbols, and they have confused you. Yet that was only because you
were asleep and did not know. When
you awake you will see the truth around you, and in you, and you
will no longer believe in dreams, because they will have no reality
the Kingdom and all that you have created there will have great
reality for you, because they are beautiful and true. In the Kingdom,
where you are and what you are is perfectly certain. There is no
doubt there because the first question was never asked. Having finally
been wholly answered, it has never been. Being alone lives in the
Kingdom, where everything lives in God without question: the time
that was spent on questioning in the dream has given way to creation
and to its eternity.
are as certain as God, because you are as true as He is, but what
was once quite certain in your minds has become only the ability
for certainty. The introduction of abilities into being was the
beginning of uncertainty, because abilities are potentials, not
accomplishments. Your abilities are totally useless in the presence
of God’s accomplishments, and also of yours. Accomplishments
are results which have been achieved. When they are perfect, abilities
are meaningless. It is curious that the perfect must now be perfected.
In fact, it is impossible. You must remember, however, that when
you put yourselves in an impossible situation, you believed that
the impossible was possible.
must be developed, or you cannot use them. This is not true of anything
that God created, but it is the kindest solution possible to what
you have made. In an impossible situation you can develop your abilities
to the point where they can get you out of it. You have a Guide
to how to develop them, but you have no commander except yourself.
This leaves you in charge of the Kingdom, with both a Guide to find
it and a means to keep it. You have a model to follow who will stregthen
your command, and never detract from it in any way. You
therefore retain the central place in your perceived enslavement,
a fact which itself demonstrates that you are not enslaved.
are in an impossible situation only because you thought it was possible
to be in one. You would be in an impossible situation if God showed
you your perfection and proved to you that you were wrong. This
would demonstrate that the perfect were inadequate to bring themselves
to the awareness of their perfection, and thus side with the belief
that those who have everything need help and are therefore helpless.
is the kind of “reasoning” which the ego engages in,
but God, Who knows that His creations are perfect, does not insult
them. This would be as impossible as the ego’s notion that
it has insulted Him.
is why the Holy Spirit never commands. To command is to assume inequality,
which the Holy Spirit demonstrates does not exist. Fidelity
to premises is a law of mind, and everything God created is faithful
to His laws. Fidelity to other laws is also possible, however, not
because the laws are true, but because you made them.
would be gained if God proved to you that you have thought insanely?
Can God lose His own certainty? We have frequently stated that what
you teach you are. Would
you have God teach you that you have sinned? If He confronted the
self you made with the truth He created for you, what could you
be but afraid? You would doubt your sanity, which is the one thing
in which you can find the sanity He gave you.
does not teach. To teach is to imply a lack, which God knows is
not there. God is not conflicted. Teaching aims at change, but God
created only the changeless. The separation was not a loss of perfection,
but a failure in communication. A harsh and strident form of communication
arose as the ego’s voice. It could not shatter the peace of
God, but it could shatter yours. God
did not blot it out, because to eradicate it would be to attack
it. Being questioned, He did not question. He merely gave the Answer.
His Answer is your Teacher.