9 - Correction of Error
alertness of the ego to the errors which other egos
make is not the kind of vigilance the Holy Spirit would
have you maintain. Egos are critical in terms of the
kind of “sense” they stand for. They understand
this kind of sense, because it is sensible to them.
the Holy Spirit, it makes no sense at all. To the ego,
it is kind and right and good to point out errors and
“correct” them. This makes perfect sense
to the ego, which is totally unaware of what errors
are and what correction is.
are of the ego, and correction of errors of any kind
lies solely in the relinquishment of the ego. When you
correct a brother, you are telling him that he is wrong.
He may be making no sense at the time, and it is certain
that, if he is speaking from the ego, he will be making
no sense. But your task is still to tell him he is right.
You do not tell him this verbally, if he is speaking
foolishly, because he needs correction at another level,
since his error is at another level. He
is still right, because he is a Son of God. His ego
is always wrong, no matter what it says or does.
you point out the errors of your brother’s ego,
you must be seeing through yours, because the Holy Spirit
does not perceive his errors. This must be true if there
is no communication at all between the ego and the Holy
ego makes no sense, and the Holy Spirit does not attempt
to understand anything that arises from it. Since He
does not understand it, He does not judge it, knowing
that nothing it engenders means anything.
When you react at all to errors, you are not listening
to the Holy Spirit. He has merely disregarded them,
and if you attend to them, you are not hearing Him.
If you do not hear Him, you are listening to your ego,
and making as little sense as the brother whose errors
you perceive. This
cannot be correction. Yet it is more than merely lack
of correction for him. It is the giving up of correction
a brother behaves insanely, you can heal him only by
perceiving the sanity in him. If you perceive his errors
and accept them, you are accepting yours. If you want
to give yours over to the Holy Spirit, you must do this
with his. Unless this becomes the one way in which you
handle all errors, you cannot understand how all errors
are undone. How is this different from telling you that
what you teach you learn? Your brother is as right as
you are, and if you think he is wrong you are condemning
cannot correct yourself. Is it possible, then, for you
to correct another?
you can see him truly because it is possible for you
to see yourself truly. It is not up to you to change
him, but merely to accept him as he is. His
errors do not come from the truth that is in him, and
only this truth is yours. His errors cannot change this,
and can have no effect at all on the truth in you.
perceive errors in anyone, and to react to them as if
they were real, is to make them real to you. You will
not escape paying the price for this, not because you
are being punished for it, but because you are following
the wrong guide, and will lose your way.
Your brother’s errors are not of him, any more
than yours are of you. Accept his errors as real, and
you have attacked yourself. If you would find your way
and keep it see only truth beside you, for you walk
together. The Holy Spirit in you forgives all things
in you and in your brother. His errors are forgiven
with yours. Atonement is no more separate than love.
cannot be separate because it comes from love.
attempt you make to correct a brother means that you
believe correction by you is possible, and this can
only be the arrogance of the ego.
is of God, Who does not know of arrogance.
Holy Spirit forgives everything because God created
not undertake His function or you will forget yours.
only the function of healing in time because that is
what time is for.
gave you the function to create in eternity. You do
not need to learn this, but you do need to learn to
want this, and for this all learning was made.
is the Holy Spirit’s good use of an ability which
you do not need, but which you have made.
it to Him!
do not know how to use it.
will teach you how to see yourself without condemnation
by learning how to look on everything without it.
will then not be real to you, and all your errors will