Course in Miracles
27 - Healing of the Dream
of Pain or Witnesses
the body must be real.
It is a loud,
obscuring voice whose shrieks would silence what the Holy Spirit
says, and keep His words from your awareness.
attention, drawing it away from Him, and focusing upon itself.
Its purpose is the same as pleasure, for they both are means to
make the body real.
a common purpose is the same. This is the law of purpose, which
unites all those who share in it within itself.
pain are equally unreal, because their purpose (to make the body
real) cannot be achieved.
Thus are they
means for nothing, for they have a goal without a meaning. And
they share the lack of meaning which their purpose has.
Sin shifts from
pain to pleasure, and again to pain. For either witness is the same,
and carries but one message:
are here, within this body, and you can be hurt. You
can have pleasure, too, but only at the cost of pain.”
are joined by many more. Each one seems different because it has
a different name, and so it seems to answer to a different sound.
Except for this, the witnesses of sin are all alike.
pain, and it will hurt.
Call pain a pleasure,
and the pain behind the pleasure will be felt no more.
but shift from name to name, as one steps forward and another back.
Yet which is foremost makes no difference. Sin’s witnesses
hear but the call of death.
This body, purposeless within
itself, holds all your memories and all your hopes. You use
IT DOES NOT KNOW.
It tells you but the names
you gave it to use, when you call forth the witnesses to its
You cannot choose among
them which are real, for any one you choose is like the rest.
This name or that, but nothing more, you choose.
You do not
make a witness true because you called him by truth’s name.
The truth is found in
him if it is truth he represents, and otherwise he lies, if
you should call him by the holy Name of God Himself.
do you think that sickness can succeed in shielding you from truth?
Because it proves the body is not separate from you, and so you
must be separate from truth... Lesson 135