Course in Miracles
7 - Consistency of the Kingdom
The creative power of both God
and His creations is limitless, but they are not in reciprocal relationship.
You do communicate fully with God, as He does with you. This is
an ongoing process in which you share, and because you share it,
you are inspired to create like God. Yet in creation you are not
in reciprocal relation to God since He created you, but you did
not create Him. We have already said that only in this respect your
creative power differs from His. Even in this world there is a parallel.
Parents give birth to children, but children do not give birth to
parents. They do, however, give birth to their children and thus
give birth as their parents do.
If you created God
and He created you, the Kingdom could not increase through its own
creative thought. Creation would therefore be limited, and you would
not be co-creators with God. As God's creative Thought proceeds
from Him to you, so must your creative thought proceed from you
to your creations. Only in this way can all creative power extend
outward. God's accomplishments are not yours. But yours are like
His. He created the Sonship, and you increase it. You have the power
to add to the Kingdom, but not to add to the Creator of the Kingdom.
You claim this power when you become vigilant only for God and His
Kingdom. By accepting this power as yours, you have learned to be
what you are.
Your creations belong
in you, as you belong in God. You are part of God, as your sons
are part of His Sons. To create is to love. Love extends outward
simply because it cannot be contained. Being limitless, it does
not stop. It creates forever, but not in time. God's creations have
always been because He has always been. Your creations have always
been because you can create only as God creates. Eternity is yours
because He created you eternal.
The ego demands reciprocal
rights because it is competitive rather than loving. It is always
willing to make a "deal," but it cannot understand that
to be like another means that no deals are possible. To gain you
must give, not bargain. To bargain is to limit giving, and this
is not God's Will. To will with God is to create like Him. God does
not limit His gifts in any way. You are His gifts, and so your gifts
must be like His. Your gifts to the Kingdom must be like His gifts
I gave only love
to the Kingdom because I believed that was what I was. What you
believe you are determines your gifts, and if God created you by
extending Himself as you, you can only extend yourself as He did.
Only joy increases forever, since joy and eternity are inseparable.
God extends outward beyond limits and beyond time, and you who are
co-creators with Him extend His Kingdom forever and beyond limit.
Eternity is the indelible stamp of creation.
The eternal are in
peace and joy forever.
To think like God
is to share His certainty of what you are. And to create like Him
is to share the perfect Love He shares with you. To this the Holy
Spirit leads you that your joy may be complete because the Kingdom
of God is whole.
said that the last step in the reawakening of knowledge is taken
by God. This is true, but it is hard to explain in words because
words are symbols, and nothing that is true needs to be explained.
However, the Holy Spirit has the task of translating the useless
into the useful, the meaningless into the meaningful, and the temporary
into the timeless. He can therefore tell you something about this
last step, although this one you must know yourself, since by it
you know what you are. This is your being.
God does not take
steps because His accomplishments are not gradual. He does not teach
because His creations are changeless. He does nothing last because
He created first and for always. It must be understood that the
word "first" as applied to Him is not a time concept.
He is first in the sense that He is the first in the Holy Trinity
itself. He is the Prime Creator because He created His co-creators.
Because He did, time applies neither to Him nor to what He created.
The "last step" that God will take was therefore true
in the beginning, is true now, and will be true forever.
What is timeless is
always there because its being is eternally changeless. It does
not change by increase because it was forever created to increase.
If you perceive it as not increasing, you do not know what it is.
You also do not know what created it or Who He is. God does not
reveal this to you because it was never hidden. His light was never
obscured because it is His Will to share it. How can what is fully
shared be withheld and then revealed?
To heal is the only
kind of thinking in this world that resembles the Thought of God,
and because of the elements which they share, can transfer to
When a brother perceives
himself as sick, he is perceiving himself as not whole and therefore
in need. If you too see him this way, you are seeing him as if he
were absent from the Kingdom or separated from it, thus making the
Kingdom itself obscure to both of you. Sickness and separation are
not of God, but the Kingdom is. If you obscure the Kingdom, you
are perceiving what is not of God.