A COURSE IN MIRACLES
- QUOTES -
A Blessing 8
A little While and You Will See 5
All Living Things 12
Anger over Facts 6
Asking for Help 10
Awaken from the Dream 8
Awakening to God 3
Belief in Illusions 8
Forget not the Kingdom 7
God Is Unaware of Our Egos 14
Great Rays 13
Healers Prayer 3
Healing ourselves & others 16
Holy Relationships 5
Journey to Jesus 12
Journey to God 5
Law of Manifestation 10
My Thoughts Are Meaningless 14
New lords Prayer 3
Nothing by Chance 4
Only be Quiet 5
Power of the Mind 19
Purpose of the body 19
Right use of the body 19
Secret of Salvation 15
Seek Not Outside Yourself 15
Self Worth 3
Serving Jesus 6
Test of Peace 2
Test of understanding 11
The Responsibility Prayer 2
Three Steps of Forgiveness 11
Universe is an Illusion 11/14
What is Healing 4/16
Why wait for Heaven 7
You are at Home in God 6
You Understand Nothing 11
The Responsibility Prayer
This is the only thing that you need do for vision, happiness, release from pain and the complete escape from sin, all to be given you. Say only this, but mean it with no reservations, for here the power of salvation lies:
I am responsible for what I see.
I choose the feelings I experience,
and I decide upon the goal I would achieve.
And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked.
Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear. T-21.II.2.
A healed mind does not plan. It carries out the plans that it receives through listening to wisdom that is not its own. It waits until it has been taught what should be done and then proceeds to do it.
It is perhaps not easy to perceive that self-initiated plans are but defenses .......
The mind engaged in planning for itself is occupied in setting up control of future happenings. It does not think it will be provided for unless it makes its own provisions. Time becomes a future emphasis to be controlled by learning and experience obtained
from past events and previous beliefs. It overlooks the present for it rests on the idea the past has taught enough to let the mind direct its future course.
The mind that plans is thus refusing to allow for change. What it has learned before becomes the basis for its future goals. Its past experience directs its choice of what will happen. And it does not see that here and now is everything it needs to guarantee a future quite unlike the past.........
Test Of Peace
Think not you
until you pass the test
of perfect peace, for peace
go together and never
can be found alone.
I am here only to
be truly helpful.
I am here to represent
Him Who sent me.
I do not have to worry
about what to say or do,
because He who sent me
will direct me.
I am content to be wherever
he wishes knowing he
goes there with me.
I will be healed as I let
Him teach me to heal.
New Lord's Prayer
Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter. Our holiness is Yours. What can there be in us that needs forgiveness when Yours is perfect? The sleep of
forgetfulness is only the unwillingness to remember Your
forgiveness and Your Love. Let us not wander into temptation, for the temptation of the Son of God is not Your Will. And let us receive only what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which You created and which You love. Amen T-16.VII.12.
Escape today the chains you place upon your mind when you perceive salvation here. 2 For what you value you make part of you as you perceive yourself. 3 All things you seek to make your value greater in your sight limit you further, hide your worth from you, and add another bar across the door that leads to true awareness of your Self. W-pI.128.3.
Let nothing that relates to body thoughts delay your progress to salvation, nor permit temptation to believe the world holds anything you want to hold you back. 2 Nothing is here to cherish. 3 Nothing here is worth one instant of delay and pain; one moment of uncertainty and doubt. 4 The worthless offer nothing. 5 Certainty of worth can not be found in worthlessness.
Your worth is not established by teaching or learning. 2 Your worth is established by God. 3 As long as you dispute this everything you do will be fearful, particularly any situation that lends itself to the belief in superiority and inferiority
Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the world. 2 It will cure all sorrow and pain and fear and loss because it will heal the mind that thought these things were real, and suffered out of its allegiance to them.
You can never be deprived of your perfect holiness because its Source goes with you wherever you go. 2 You can never suffer because the Source of all joy goes with you wherever you go. 3 You can never be alone because the Source of all life goes with you wherever you go. 4 Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.
We understand that you do not believe all this. 2 How could you, when the truth is hidden deep within, under a heavy cloud of insane thoughts, dense and obscuring, yet representing all you see? W-pI.41.5.
What must the teacher
do to ensure learning?
Only one thing, the same
asks of everyone.
Each one must share one
goal with someone else
and in so doing loose all
sense of separate interests.
Only by doing this is it
possible to transcend the
narrow boundaries the ego
would impose upon the self.
Nothing By Chance
It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful. M-4.I.A.4.
What could you not accept,
if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good? W-pI.135.18
No one is where he is by
accident and chance plays
no part in Godís plan. M-9.1.
Your passage through time
and space is not at random.
You cannot but be at in the right
place at the right time. W-pI.42.2.
What is Healing?
Could you but realize for a single instant the power of healing that the reflection of God, shining in you, can bring to all the world, you could not wait to make the mirror of your mind clean to receive the image of the holiness that heals the world. 2 The image of holiness that shines in your mind is not obscure, and will not change. 3 Its meaning to those who look upon it is not obscure, for everyone perceives it as the same. 4 All bring their different problems to its healing light, and all their problems find but healing there. T-14.IX.7.
Only be quiet.
Only be quiet.
You will need no rule
but this, to let your
practicing today lift you
above the thinking of
the world and free
your vision from
the body's eyes.
only be still and listen. W-pI.125.9.
Journey to God
The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever. It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. T-8.VI.9.
A little while and you will see me,
A little while and you will see me, for I am not hidden because you are hiding. I will awaken you as surely as I awakened myself, for I awoke for you.In my resurrection is your release. Our mission is to escape from crucifixion, not from redemption. Trust in my help,for I did not walk alone, and I will walk with you as our Father walked with me.
....you will not fail in your mission because I did not fail in mine.
Give me but a little trust in the name of the complete trust I have in you, and we will easily accomplish the goal of perfection together.text, T-12.II.7
As you come closer to a brother you approach me, and as you withdraw from him I become distant to you.
Salvation is a collaborative venture.
It cannot be undertaken successfully by those who disengage themselves
from the Sonship, because they are disengaging themselves from me.
God will come to you only as
you will give Him to your brothers.
Learn first of them and you
will be ready to hear God.
That is because the function of Love is one.
You are at home in God,
You are at home in God, dreaming of exile but perfectly capable of awakening to reality. 2 Is it your decision to do so? 3 You recognize from your own experience that what you see in dreams you think is real while you are asleep. 4 Yet the instant you waken you realize that everything that seemed to happen in the dream did not happen at all. 5 You do not think this strange, even though all the laws of what you awaken to were violated while you slept. 6 Is it not possible that you merely shifted from one dream to another, without really waking?
You dwell not here, but in eternity. You travel but in dreams, while safe at home
I share with God the knowledge of the value He puts upon you. 2 My devotion to you is of Him, being born of my knowledge of myself and Him. 3 We cannot be separated. 4 Whom God has joined cannot be separated, and God has joined all His Sons with Himself. 5 Can you be separated from your life and your being? 6 The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever. 7 It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. 8 Truth can only be experienced. 9 It cannot be described and it cannot be explained. 10 I can make you aware of the conditions of truth, but the experience is of God. 11 Together we can meet its conditions, but truth will dawn upon you of itself. T -8.VI.9
Anger over facts.
Perhaps it will be helpful to remember that no one can be angry at a fact. 2 It is always an interpretation that gives rise to negative emotions, regardless of their seeming justification by what <appears> as facts. 3 Regardless, too, of the intensity of the anger that is aroused. 4 It may be merely slight irritation, perhaps too mild to be even clearly recognized. 5 Or it may also take the form of intense rage, accompanied by thoughts of violence, fantasied or apparently acted out. 6 It does not matter. 7 All of these reactions are the same.
Forget not the Kingdom
Forget not the Kingdom of God for anything the world has to offer.The world we see holds nothing that we want.No one created by God can find joy in anything except the eternal;not because he is deprived of anything else, but because nothing else is worthy of him. T-8.VI.1
For this alone I need; that you will hear the words I speak, and give them to the world.You are my voice, my eyes, my feet, my hands through which I save the world.
When you feel tired, it is because you have judged yourself as capable of being tired. 2 When you laugh at someone, it is because you have judged him as unworthy. 3 When you laugh at yourself you must laugh at others, if only because you cannot tolerate the idea of being more unworthy than they are. 4 All this makes you feel tired because it is essentially disheartening. 5 You are not really capable of being tired, but you are very capable of wearying yourself. 6 The strain of constant judgment is virtually intolerable. 7 It is curious that an ability so debilitating would be so deeply cherished. 8 Yet if you wish to be the author of reality, you will insist on holding on to judgment. 9 You will also regard judgment with fear, believing that it will someday be used against you. 10 This belief can exist only to the extent that you believe in the efficacy of judgment as a weapon of defense for your own authority.
Why wait for Heaven?
Why wait for Heaven? 2 It is here today. 3 Time is the great illusion it is past or in the future. 4 Yet this cannot be, if it is where God wills His Son to be. 5 How could the Will of God be in the past, or yet to happen? 6 What He wills is now, without a past and wholly futureless. 7 It is as far removed from time as is a tiny candle from a distant star, or what you chose from what you really want.
Why wait for Heaven? 2 Those who seek the light are merely covering their eyes. 3 The light is in them now. 4 Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all. 5 Light is not of the world, yet you who bear the light in you are alien here as well. 6 The light came with you from your native home, and stayed with you because it is your own. 7 It is the only thing you bring with you from Him Who is your Source. 8 It shines in you because it lights your home, and leads you back to where it came from and you are at home.
And now in all your doings be you blessed. God turns to you for help to save the world.Teacher of God, His thanks He offers you, And all the world stands silent in the grace You bring from Him. You are the Son He loves, and it is given you to be the means Through which His Voice is heard around the world, to close all things of time; to end the sight of all things visible; and to undo all things that change. Through you is ushered in a world unseen, unheard, yet truly there. Holy are you, and in your light the world reflects your holiness, for you are not alone and friendless. I give thanks for you,
and join your efforts on behalf of God, knowing them are on my behalf as well, And for all those who walk to God with me. Amen
Belief In Illusions
Anything in this world that you believe is good and valuable and worth striving for can hurt you, and will do so. 2 Not because it has the power to hurt, but just because you have denied it is but an illusion, and made it real. 3 And it is real to you. 4 It is not nothing. 5 And through its perceived reality has entered all the world of sick illusions. 6 All belief in sin, in power of attack, in hurt and harm, in sacrifice and death, has come to you. 7 For no one can make one illusion real, and still escape the rest. 8 For who can choose to keep the ones that he prefers, and find the safety that the truth alone can give? 9 Who can believe illusions are the same, and still maintain that even one is best? T-26.VI.1.
Awaken From The Dream!
Dreams show you that you have the power to make a world as you would have it be, and that because you want it you see it. 2 And while you see it you do not doubt that it is real. 3 Yet here is a world, clearly within your mind, that seems to be outside. 4 You do not respond to it as though you made it, nor do you realize that the emotions the dream produces must come from you. 5 It is the figures in the dream and what they do that seem to make the dream. 6 You do not realize that you are making them act out for you, for if you did the guilt would not be theirs, and the illusion of satisfaction would be gone. 7 In dreams these features are not obscure. 8 You seem to waken, and the dream is gone. 9 Yet what you fail to recognize is that what caused the dream has not gone with it. 10 Your wish to make another world that is not real remains with you. 11 And what you seem to waken to is but another form of this same world you see in dreams. 12 All your time is spent in dreaming. 13 Your sleeping and your waking dreams have different forms, and that is all. 14 Their content is the same. 15 They are your protest against reality, and your fixed and insane idea that you can change it. 16 In your waking dreams, the special relationship has a special place. 17 It is the means by which you try to make your sleeping dreams come true. 18 From this, you do not waken. 19 The special relationship is your determination to keep your hold on unreality, and to prevent yourself from waking. 20 And while you see more value in sleeping than in waking, you will not let go of it. T-18.II.5.
In dreams effect and cause are interchanged, for here the maker of the dream believes that what he made is happening to him.....no one is afraid of them when her perceives he made them up. text, T-24.V.2.
Do you believe that truth can be but some illusions? 2 They are dreams <because> they are not true. 3 Their equal lack of truth becomes the basis for the miracle, which means that you have understood that dreams are dreams; and that escape depends, not on the dream, but only on awaking. 4 Could it be some dreams are kept, and others wakened from? 5 The choice is not between which dreams to keep, but only if you want to live in dreams or to awaken from them. 6 Thus it is the miracle does not select some dreams to leave untouched by its beneficence. 7 You cannot dream some dreams and wake from some, for you are either sleeping or awake. 8 And dreaming goes with only one of these. T-29.IV.1.
The Holy Spirit, ever practical in His wisdom, accepts your dreams and uses them as means for waking. 2 You would have used them to remain asleep. 3 I said before that the first change, before dreams disappear, is that your dreams of fear are changed to happy dreams. 4 That is what the Holy Spirit does in the special relationship. 5 He does not destroy it, nor snatch it away from you. 6 But He does use it differently, as a help to make His purpose real to you. 7 The special relationship will remain, not as a source of pain and guilt, but as a source of joy and freedom. 8 It will not be for you alone, for therein lay its misery. 9 As its unholiness kept it a thing apart, its holiness will become an offering to everyone.
Let forgiveness rest upon dreams, and be restored to sanity and peace of mind. Without forgiveness will your dreams remain to terrify you. W-pII.7.4.
Asking for Help
Whenever you are in doubt what you should do, think of His Presence in you, and tell yourself this, and only this:
He leadeth me and knows the way, which I know not.
Yet He will never keep from me what He would have me learn.
And so I trust Him to communicate to me all that He knows for me.
Then let Him teach you quietly how to perceive your guiltlessness, which is already there. T-14.III.19.
Law of Manifestation
Let us start our process of reawakening with just a few simple concepts:
Thoughts increase by being given away.
The more who believe in them the stronger they become.
Everything is an idea.
How, then, can giving and losing be associated? T-5.I.2.
Universe Is An Illusion
The world you see is an illusion of a world. 2 God did not create it, for what He creates must be eternal as Himself. 3 Yet there is nothing in the world you see that will endure forever. 4 Some things will last in time a little while longer than others. 5 But the time will come when all things visible will have an end. C-4.1.
The world is false perception. 2 It is born of error, and it has not left its source. 3 It will remain no longer than the thought that gave it birth is cherished. 4 When the thought of separation has been changed to one of true forgiveness, will the world be seen in quite another light; and one which leads to truth, where all the world must disappear and all its errors vanish. 5 Now its source has gone, and its effects are gone as well. W-pII.3.1.
There is nothing outside you. That is what you must ultimately learn, for it is the realisation that the Kingdom of Heaven is restored to you. For God created only this, and He did not depart from it nor leave it separate from Himself. The Kingdom of Heaven is the dwelling place of the Son of God, who left not his Father and dwells not apart from Him. Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this oneness, and nothing else within. T-18.VI.1
Three Steps of Forgiveness
Decision cannot be difficult. 2 This is obvious, if you realize that you must already have decided not to be wholly joyous if that is how you feel. 3 Therefore, the first step in the undoing is to recognize that you actively decided wrongly, but can as actively decide otherwise. 4 Be very firm with yourself in this, and keep yourself fully aware that the undoing process, which does not come from you, is nevertheless within you because God placed it there. 5 Your part is merely to return your thinking to the point at which the error was made, and give it over to the Atonement in peace. 6 Say this to yourself as sincerely as you can, remembering that the Holy Spirit will respond fully to your slightest invitation:
I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace.
I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise.
I want to decide otherwise, because I want to be at peace.
I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of my wrong decision if I will let Him.
I choose to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for me.
You Understand Nothing
Do not be concerned about how you can learn a lesson so completely different from everything that you have taught yourself. 2 How would you know? 3 Your part is very simple. 4 You need only recognize that everything you learned you do not want. 5 Ask to be taught, and do not use your experiences to confirm what you have learned. 6 When your peace is threatened or disturbed in any way, say to yourself:
7 I do not know what anything, including this, means. 8 And so I do not know how to respond to it. 9 And I will not use my own past learning as the light to guide me now.
10 By this refusal to attempt to teach yourself what you do not know, the Guide Whom God has given you will speak to you. 11 He will take His rightful place in your awareness the instant you abandon it, and offer it to Him.
Test of Understanding
Those who remember always that they know nothing, and who have become willing to learn everything, will learn it. 2 But whenever they trust themselves, they will not learn. 3 They have destroyed their motivation for learning by thinking they already know. 4 Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone. 5 Each brings the other with it, for it is the law of God they be not separate. 6 They are cause and effect, each to the other, so where one is absent the other cannot be T-14.XI.12.
Journey with Jesus
My brother, you are part of God and part of me. When you have at last looked at the ego's foundation without shrinking you will also have looked upon ours. I come to you from our Father to offer you everything again. Do not refuse it in order to keep a dark cornerstone hidden, for its protection will not save you. I give you the lamp and I will go with you. You will not take this journey alone. I will lead you to your true Father, Who hath need of you, as I have. Will you not answer the call of love with joy? T-11.in.4
All Living Things
It is the all-inclusive nature of Christ's Second Coming that permits it to embrace the world and hold you safe within its gentle advent, which encompasses all living things with you. 2 There is no end to the release the Second Coming brings, as God's creation must be limitless. 3 Forgiveness lights the Second Coming's way, because it shines on everything as one. 4 And thus is oneness recognized at last. W-pII.9.2.
My mind is part of God's. I am very holy....In this light I begin to see what my illusions about myself kept hidden. I begin to understand the holiness of all living things, including myself, and their oneness with me. L35
What has been given you? 2 The knowledge that you are a mind, in Mind and purely mind, sinless forever, wholly unafraid, because you were created out of love. 3 Nor have you left your Source, remaining as you were created. 4 This was given you as knowledge which you cannot lose. 5 It was given as well to every living thing, for by that knowledge only does it live.
As the ego would limit your perception of your brothers to the body, so would the Holy Spirit release your vision and let you see the Great Rays shining from them, so unlimited that they reach to God. It is this shift to vision that is accomplished in the holy instant. T-15.IX.1
The special relationship is totally meaningless without a body. If you value it, you must also value the body. And what you value you will keep. The special relationship is a device for limiting your self to a body, and for limiting your perception of others to theirs. The Great Rays would establish the total lack of value of the special relationship, if they were seen. For in seeing them the body would disappear, because its value would be lost. And so your whole investment in seeing it would be withdrawn from it.T-16.VI.4.
In many only the spark remains, for the Great Rays are obscured. Yet God has kept the spark alive so that the Rays can never be completely forgotten. If you but see the little spark you will learn of the greater light, for the Rays are there unseen. Perceiving the spark will heal, but knowing the light will create. Yet in the returning the little light must be acknowledged first, for the separation was a descent from magnitude to littleness. But the spark is still as pure as the great light, because it is the remaining call of creation. Put all your faith in it, and God Himself will answer you. T-10.IV.8
You make by projection, but God creates by extension. The cornerstone of God's creation is you, for His thought system is light. Remember the Rays that are there unseen. The more you approach the center of His thought system, the clearer the light becomes. The closer you come to the ego's thought system, the darker and more obscure becomes the way. Yet even the little spark in your mind is enough to lighten it.
Universe Is An Illusion
What seems eternal all will have an end. The stars will disappear, and night and day will be no more. All things that come and go, the tides, the seasons and the lives of men; all things that change with time and bloom and fade will not return. Where time has set an end is not where the eternal is.
My thoughts are meaningless
My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts....The one wholly true thought one can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions. Very few have realised what is actually entailed in picturing the past or in anticipating the future. The mind is actually blank when it does this, because it is not really thinking about anything.
The purpose of the exercises for today is to begin to train your mind to recognise when it is not really thinking at all. While thoughtless ideas preoccupy your mind, the truth is blocked. Recognising that your mind has been merely blank, rather than believing that it is filled with real ideas, is the first step to opening the way to vision. L8
God Is Unaware Of Our Egos
The Holy Spirit is God's attempt to free you of what He does not understand. And because of the Source of the attempt, it will succeed....God does not understand your problem in communication, for He does not share it with you....In the Holy Spirit alone lies the awareness of what God cannot know, and what you do not understand...It is the shift to vision that is accomplished in the holy instant. Yet it is needful for you to learn just what this shift entails, so you will become willing to make it permanent. Given this willingness it will not leave you, for it is permanent. Once you have accepted it as the only perception you want, it is translated into knowledge by the part that God Himself plays in the Atonement, for it is the only step in it He understands. Therefore, in this there will be no delay when you are ready for it. God is ready now, but you are not. T-15.VIII.5.f
Healing does not come directly from God, Who knows His creations as perfectly whole. Yet healing is still of God, because it proceeds from His Voice and from His laws. It is their result, in a state of mind that does not know Him. The state is unknown to Him and therefore does not exist, but those who sleep are unaware. T-7.IV.1.
Nothing that God knows not exists. And what He knows exists forever, changelessly.
(therefore, He can only be aware of the changeless and not us-MD) T-30.III.6.
The body cannot know. 2 And while you limit your awareness to its tiny senses, you will not see the grandeur that surrounds you. 3 God cannot come into a body, nor can you join Him there. 4 Limits on love will always seem to shut Him out, and keep you apart from Him. 5 The body is a tiny fence around a little part of a glorious and complete idea. 6 It draws a circle, infinitely small, around a very little segment of Heaven, splintered from the whole, proclaiming that within it is your kingdom, where God can enter not. T-18.VIII.2.
The ego is the mind's belief that it is completely on its own. The ego's ceaseless attempts to gain the spirit's acknowledgment and thus establish its own existence are useless. Spirit (God) in its knowledge is unaware of the ego. It does not attack; it merely cannot conceive of it at all. T-4.II.8.
Seek Not Outside Yourself
Seek not outside yourself. For it will fail, and you will weep each time an idol falls. Heaven cannot be found where it is not, and there can be no peace excepting there. Each idol that you worship when God calls will never answer in His place. There is no other answer you can substitute, and find the happiness His answer brings.
Seek not outside yourself.
For all your pain comes simply from a futile search for what you want, insisting where it must be found. What if it is not there?
Do you prefer that you be right or happy?...No one who comes here but must still have hope, some lingering illusion, or some dream that there is something outside of himself that will bring happiness and peace to him.
If everything is in him this cannot be so.T-29.VII.1.
Secret of Salvation
The secret of salvation is but this:
That you are doing this unto yourself.
No matter what the form of
the attack, this still is true.
Whoever takes the role of enemy
and of attacker, still is this true.
Whatever seems to be the
cause of any pain and suffering
you feel, this is still true.
For you could not react at all
to figures in a dream you knew
that you were dreaming.
Let them be as hateful and
as vicious as they may,
they could have no effect on
you unless you failed to
recognise it is your dream.
This single lesson learned
will set you free from suffering, whatever form it takes.
The Holy Spirit will repeat this
one inclusive lesson of deliverance
until it has been learned,
regardless of the form of suffering
that brings you pain.
Healing Ourselves And Others.
If you wish only to
be healed, you heal.
Your single purpose
makes this possible.
But if you are afraid
of healing, then it
cannot come through you.
The only thing that is required
for a healing is lack of fear.
The fearful are not healed,
and cannot heal.
This does not mean the
conflict must be gone forever
from your mind to heal.
For if it were, there were no
need for healing then.
But it does mean,
if only for an instant,
you love without attack.
An instant is sufficient.
Miracles wait not on time.
What Is Healing?
Our emphasis is now on healing. 2 The miracle is the means, the Atonement is the principle, and healing is the result. 3 To speak of "a miracle of healing" is to combine two orders of reality inappropriately. 4 Healing is not a miracle. 5 The Atonement, or the final miracle, is a remedy and any type of healing is a result. 6 The kind of error to which Atonement is applied is irrelevant. 7 All healing is essentially the release from fear. 8 To undertake this you cannot be fearful yourself. 9 You do not understand healing because of your own fear.
All healing is release from the past. 2 That is why the Holy Spirit is the only Healer. 3 He teaches that the past does not exist, a fact which belongs to the sphere of knowledge, and which therefore no one in the world can know. 4 It would indeed be impossible to be in the world with this knowledge. 5 For the mind that knows this unequivocally knows also it dwells in eternity, and utilizes no perception at all. 6 It therefore does not consider where it is, because the concept "where" does not mean anything to it. 7 It knows that it is everywhere, just as it has everything, and forever.
Whenever you heal a brother by recognizing his worth, you are acknowledging his power to create and yours. 6 He cannot have lost what you recognize, and you must have the glory you see in him. 7 He is a co-creator with God with you. 8 Deny his creative power, and you are denying yours and that of God Who created you.
Perceive in sickness but another call for love, and offer your brother what he believes he cannot offer himself. 2 Whatever the sickness, there is but one remedy. 3 You will be made whole as you make whole, for to perceive in sickness the appeal for health is to recognize in hatred the call for love. 4 And to give a brother what he really wants is to offer it unto yourself, for your Father wills you to know your brother as yourself. 5 Answer his call for love, and yours is answered. 6 Healing is the Love of Christ for His Father and for Himself. T-12.II.3.
Those whom you heal bear witness to your healing, for in their wholeness you will see your own. T-13.VI.9.
The only way to heal is to be healed. 2 The miracle extends without your help, but you are needed that it can begin. 3 Accept the miracle of healing, and it will go forth because of what it is. 4 It is its nature to extend itself the instant it is born. 5 And it is born the instant it is offered and received. 6 No one can ask another to be healed. 7 But he can let <himself> be healed, and thus offer the other what he has received. 8 Who can bestow upon another what he does not have? 9 And who can share what he denies himself? 10 The Holy Spirit speaks to <you.> 11 He does not speak to someone else. 12 Yet by your listening His Voice extends, because you have accepted what He say T-27.V.1.
When a brother behaves insanely, you can heal him only by perceiving the sanity in him.
Your interpretations of your brother's needs are your interpretations of yours. By giving help you are asking for it. text, T-12.I.7
Sickness is a defense against the truth. I will accept the truth of what I am, and let my mind be wholly healed today. workbook, LESSON 136
Healing is the effect of minds that join, as sickness comes from minds that separate. T-28.III.2.
Healing is release from the fear of waking and the substitution of the decision to wake. 2 The decision to wake is the reflection of the will to love, since all healing involves replacing fear with love. 3 The Holy Spirit cannot distinguish among degrees of error, for if He taught that one form of sickness is more serious than another, He would be teaching that one error can be more real than another. 4 His function is to distinguish only between the false and the true, replacing the false with the true.T-8.IX.5.
Atonement heals with certainty, and cures all sickness. 2 For the mind which understands that sickness can be nothing but a dream is not deceived by forms the dream may take. 3 Sickness where guilt is absent cannot come, for it is but another form of guilt. 4 Atonement does not heal the sick, for that is not a cure. 5 It takes away the guilt that makes the sickness possible. 6 And that is cure indeed. 7 For sickness now is gone, with nothing left to which it can return. W-pI.140.4.
Salvation's single doctrine is the goal of all therapy. 2 Relieve the mind of the insane burden of guilt it carries so wearily, and healing is accomplished. 3 The body is not cured. 4 It is merely recognized as what it is. 5 Seen rightly, its purpose can be understood. 6 What is the need for sickness then? 7 Given this single shift, all else will follow. 8 There is no need for complicated change. 9 There is no need for long analyses and wearying discussion and pursuits. 10 The truth is simple, being one for all. P-2.IV.11.
A therapist does not heal;
he lets healing be.
He can point to darkness but
he cannot bring light of himself,
for light is not of him. Yet, being for him, it must also be for his patient. The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist. He makes healing clear in any situation in which He is the Guide. You can only let Him fulfil His function. He needs no help for this. He will tell you exactly what to do to help anyone He sends to you for help, and will speak to him through you if you do not interfere.
The only meaningful contribution the healer can make is to present an example of one whose direction has been changed for him, and who no longer believes in nightmares of any kind. The light in his mind will therefore answer the questioner, who must decide with God that there is light because he sees it. T-9.V.7.
Purpose of the Body
The central lesson is always this;
that what you use the body for
it will become to you.
Use it for sin or for attack,
which is the same as sin,
and you will see it as sinful.
Because it is sinful it is weak,
and being weak, it suffers and dies. Use it to bring the Word of God to those who have it not,
and the body becomes holy.
Because it is holy it cannot be sick,nor can it die.
When its usefulness is done it
is laid by, and that is all.
Power of the Mind
It is your thoughts alone
that cause you pain.
Nothing external to your mind can hurt or injure you in any way.
There is no cause beyond
yourself that can reach down
and bring oppression.
No one but yourself affects you.
There is nothing in the world that
has the power to make you ill
or sad, or weak or frail.
But it is you who have the power
to dominate all things you see by
merely recognising what you are.
Right Use of the Body
The body is in need of no defense. 2 This cannot be too often emphasized. 3 It will be strong and healthy if the mind does not abuse it by assigning it to roles it cannot fill, to purposes beyond its scope, and to exalted aims which it cannot accomplish. 4 Such attempts, ridiculous yet deeply cherished, are the sources for the many mad attacks you make upon it. 5 For it seems to fail your hopes, your needs, your values and your dreams. W-pI.135.7.
The self that needs protection is not real. The body, valueless and hardly worth the least defense, needs merely be perceived as quite apart from you, and it becomes a healthy, serviceable instrument through which the mind can operate until its usefulness is over. Who would want to keep it when its usefulness is done? W-pI.135.8.
Sickness is a decision.
It is not a thing that happens
to you, quite unsought,
which makes you weak
and brings you suffering.
It is a choice you make,
a plan you lay,
when for an instant truth
arises in your own deluded mind, and all your world appears to
totter and prepare to fall.
Now are you sick, that truth may go away and threaten your establishments no more.
It is impossible to forgive another,
for it is only your sins (errors)
you see in him. You want to see
them there, and not in you.
That is why forgiveness of
another is an illusion S-2.I.4.
God does not forgive because He has never condemned. 2 And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. 3 Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of illusions. 4 Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to them. 5 As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.
Ask not to be forgiven, for this has been accomplished. Ask, rather, to learn to forgive T-14.IV.3.
You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness
Forget not that you came this far together, you and your brother. 2 And it was surely not the ego that led you here. 3 No obstacle to peace can be surmounted through its help. 4 It does not open up its secrets, and bid you look on them and go beyond them. 5 It would not have you see its weakness, and learn it has no power to keep you from the truth. 6 The Guide Who brought you here remains with you, and when you raise your eyes you will be ready to look on terror with no fear at all. 7 But first, lift up your eyes and look on your brother in innocence born of complete forgiveness of his illusions, and through the eyes of faith that sees them not. T19.IV.D.8.
Forgiveness, on the other hand, is still, and quietly does nothing. 2 It offends no aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearances it likes. 3 It merely looks, and waits, and judges not. 4 He who would not forgive must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive. 5 But he who would forgive himself must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is. W-pII.1.4.
Forgiveness is the answer to attack of any kind. So is attack deprived of its effects, and hate is answered in the name of love T-26.VII.17
In complete forgiveness, in which you recognise that there is nothing to forgive, you are absolved completely T-15.VIII.1.