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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
  CH 10 "GOD AND THE EGO"
II. PROJECTION VERSUS EXTENSION 
 
8 Waiting is possible only in time, but time has no meaning. You who made delay can leave time behind simply by recognizing that neither beginnings nor endings were created by the Eternal, Who placed no limits on His creation nor upon those who create like Him. You do not know this simply because you have tried to limit what He created, and so you believe that all creation is limited. How, then, could you know your creations, having denied infinity? The laws of the universe do not permit contradiction. What holds for God holds for you. If you believe you are absent from God, you will believe that He is absent from you.          
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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
WORKBOOK Part I ~ REVIEW III
INTRODUCTION
Review III
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* IAMBIC PENTAMETER BEGINS*
 
   Our third review begins today. We will  
   review two of the last twenty ideas  
   each day, until we have reviewed them all.  
   We will observe a special format for  
   these practice periods, which you are urged  
   to follow just as closely as you can. 
   We understand, of course, that it may be  
   impossible for you to undertake  
   what is suggested here as optimal  
   each day and every hour of the day. 
    
   Learning will not be hampered when you miss
   a practice period because it is
   impossible at the appointed time.
   Nor is it necessary that you make
   excessive efforts to be sure that you
   catch up in terms of numbers. Rituals
   are not our aim, and would defeat our goal.  
   
         But learning will be hampered when you skip
    a practice period because you are
   unwilling to devote the time to it
   which you are asked to give. Do not deceive
   yourself in this. Unwillingness can be
   most carefully concealed behind a cloak
   of situations you cannot control.
   Learn to distinguish situations which
   are poorly suited to your practicing
   from those which you establish to uphold
   the camouflage for your unwillingness. 
    
   Those practice periods which you have lost
   because you did not want to do them for
   whatever reason should be done as soon
   as you have changed your mind about your goal.
   You are unwilling to cooperate
   in practicing salvation only if
   it interferes with goals you hold more dear.
   When you withdraw the value given them,
   allow your practice periods to be
   replacements for your litanies to them.
   They gave you nothing. But your practicing
   can offer everything to you. And so
   accept their offering, and be at peace. 
    
   The format you should use for these reviews
   is this: Devote five minutes twice a day,
   or longer if you would prefer, to
   considering the thoughts that are assigned.
   Read over the ideas and comments which
   are written first in each day's exercise.
   And then begin to think about them while
   letting your mind relate them to your needs,
   your seeming problems and all your concerns. 
    
   Place the ideas within your mind, and let
   it use them as it chooses. Give it faith
   that it will use them wisely, being helped
   in its decisions by the One Who gave
   the thoughts to you. What can you trust but what
   is in your mind? Have faith, in these reviews,
   the means the Holy Spirit uses will
   not fail. The wisdom of your mind will come
   to your assistance. Give direction at
   the start, and then lean back in quiet faith,
   and let the mind employ the thoughts you gave
   as they were given you for it to use. 
    
   You have been given them in perfect trust;
   in perfect confidence that you would use
   them well; in perfect faith that you would see
   their messages, and use them for yourself.
   Offer them to your mind in that same trust
   and confidence and faith. It will not fail.
   It is the Holy Spirit's chosen means
   for your salvation. Since it has His trust,
   His means must surely merit yours as well. 
    
   We emphasize the benefits to you
   if you devote the first five minutes of
   the day to your review and also give
   the last five minutes of your waking day
   to it. If this cannot be done, at least
   try to divide them so you undertake
   one in the morning, and the other in
   the hour just before you go to sleep. 
    
   The exercises to be done throughout
   the day are equally important, and
   perhaps of even greater value. You
   have been inclined to practice only at
   appointed times and then go on your way
   to other things, without applying what
   you learned to them. As a result, you have
   gained little reinforcement, and have not
   given it the opportunity to prove
   how great are its potential gifts to you. 
     
   Here is another chance to use it well.
   In these reviews we stress the need to let
   your learning not lie idly by between
   your longer practice periods. Attempt
   to give your daily two ideas a brief
   but serious review each hour. Use
   one on the hour, and the other one
   a half an hour later. You need not
   give more than just a moment to each one. 
     
   Repeat it, then allow your mind to rest
   a little time in silence and in peace.
   Then turn to other things, but try to keep
   the thought with you, and let it serve to help
   you keep your peace throughout the day as well.
   If you are shaken, think of it again.
   These practice periods are planned to help
   you form the habit of applying what
   you learn each day to everything you do. 
     
   Do not repeat it and then lay it down.
   Its usefulness is limitless to you.
   And it is meant to serve you in all ways,
   all times and places, and whenever you
   need help of any kind. Try, then, to take
   it with you in the business of the day,
   and make it holy, worthy of God's Son,
   acceptable to God and to your Self. 
     
   Each day's review assignment will conclude
   with a restatement of the thought to use
   each hour, and the one to be applied
   on each half hour as well. Forget them not.
   This second chance with each of these ideas
   will bring such large advances that we come
   from these reviews with learning gains so great
   that we begin again on solid ground
   with firmer footsteps and with stronger faith. 
     
   Do not forget how little you have learned.
   Do not forget how much you can learn now.
   Do not forget your Father's need of you,
   as you review these thoughts He gave to you.
 
   ~ Original Handscript of ACIM
  
  ACIM OE WORKBOOK LESSON REVIEW III

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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
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SonShip Workbook 
 L e s s o n 113 ~ REVIEW III
[Review Lesson 95 and Lesson 96]

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* IAMBIC PENTAMETER BEGINS*
 
 
1 For morning and evening review:

[95] I am One Self, united with my Creator.
               2 Serenity and perfect peace are mine   
       Because I am One Self, completely whole,
       At one with all creation and with God.
[96] Salvation comes from my One Self.
3 From my One Self, Whose knowledge still remains   
  Within my mind, I see God's perfect plan
  For my salvation perfectly fulfilled.
4 On the hour:  
               5 I am One Self, united with my Creator .
 
6 On the half hour:  
              7 Salvation comes from my One Self .

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LESSON 113
Review III ~ Lesson 95 and Lesson 96
 
Sarah's Commentary:

There are times I feel I am at the mercy of my raucous ego. This is what is described in Chapter 23 as "The War Against Yourself," where Jesus says these are thoughts of our littleness that lead us into temptation, but this need not be. If we allow our littleness or that of any brother to lead us into the temptation to judge and attack, we will ". . . walk trembling in a fearful world," (T.23.IN.5.7) (ACIM OE T.23.I.5) and not realize, all this time, that Heaven's glory shines on us though we remain unaware. Part of our mind wants to choose peace and happiness. It is in conflict with the part that still wants to listen to the dictates of the ego, telling us our anger is justified, we have reason to be afraid, we have been wronged, and there is something still of value to pursue in the world. This conflict can become unbearable when we have one foot in the ego camp, listening to the voice of the false self, and the other in Spirit. The answer to this conflict is to step out of the ego and devote our lives more and more to accepting the truth about ourselves. We do this by denying the power of the ego to rule our lives. This is the only appropriate use of denial and very helpful to our healing.
 
This Lesson affirms that we are One Self, and if this is indeed the case, how can One Self be in conflict? How can there be repressed and denied parts of us that have any reality? How can there be parts that we are ashamed of, dark places we want no one to see or know about? Though we can give these parts power, none of them are real. They only seem to be the truth about us because we have invested belief in these thoughts. We believe we are something other than what God created. How is this possible when there is only one true power, which is love? How is it that the ego seems to have any power at all?
 
Our minds are powerful because they receive their power from our Source. We have taken some of that power and given it over to the ego. And it is that part we listen to so much of the time. We identify with that part when we identify with the body and personality. The truth is that our reality is beyond the ego identity. It is the decision-making part of the mind that can choose against the ego. This is where our true power is. It is not with the ego, since we can decide against it whenever we choose.
 
The truth is that we have not turned the beautiful eternal being we are into a sinful self. We have only lost awareness of the Christ Self to a greater or lesser extent. All we have done is closed our eyes to the truth and have chosen instead to listen to the lies of the ego. The truth is that we are perfectly innocent. We can know our innocence when we refuse to listen to the voice of the ego. "Walk you in glory, with your head held high, and fear no evil." (T.23.IN.3.1) (ACIM OE T.23.IN.3) "What can you value more than this? For here is your salvation and your freedom. And it must be complete if you would recognize it." (T.23.IN.6.6-8) (ACIM OE T.23.IN.6) In other words, we need to move to one side of this conflict by recognizing that anything in us other than peace and joy is not the truth.
 
There are many temptations during the day to justify why we are upset. These situations need not be significant. It may be a comment from someone, a critical look, a bill we weren't expecting, an accident, or anything we don't like where we choose to throw away our peace and insist it was taken from us. Now we feel justified in being angry and upset, telling ourselves that the cause of our anger is coming from this situation. Yet the fact is that the cause of our upset is coming from a thought that we are holding about our self. This thought has been denied or repressed. Now we project it onto another person or situation outside of our own minds. It is impossible to have a reaction to another unless we have denied it in ourselves first. When we take responsibility for our projections, we can undo what we have denied in ourselves.
 
Today, we recognize our mind as cause and the world as effect. This may be hard to grasp because we have reversed cause and effect. The reality is that everything starts with the beliefs and concepts we hold about ourselves. When someone says something that we find hurtful, it is only because we already hold these self-attacking thoughts in our minds. If this were not the case, what is said would have no effect on us.
 
Today, we dedicate ourselves to the truth of who we are, so when the temptation arises to be pulled back into our littleness, we remember who we are. If this seems too difficult in the moment, we can take the time to simply rest with the feelings that emerge. We can use affirming self-talk to remind ourselves that we are One Self, united with our Creator. We can allow any feelings to arise without trying to distract from them. We can accept that everything is playing out perfectly for our highest good, and we can trust in the perfection of the orchestration of everything that comes up in this classroom.
 
Truth walks with us and nothing can hurt us. We are perfectly safe! As Jesus says, "Would you, for all these meaningless distractions, lay Heaven aside?" (T.23.IN.4.5) (ACIM OE T.23.IN.4) We lay Heaven aside for the most trivial reasons, don't we? Look at what we sacrifice when we get upset---our peace and our joy! "Your destiny and purpose are far beyond them, [the meaningless distractions of this world] in the clean place where littleness does not exist." (T.23.IN.4.6) (ACIM OE T.23.IN.4) The discipline we apply to these Lessons is what brings us back to ourselves.
 
When we identify with the ego, we see attack and defense as our way out. When we choose our innocence, our One Self, and our purpose for being here, then we see everything as a reflection of our minds and a part of our One Self. When upsets, judgment, unworthiness, and blame arise today, be willing to turn them all over to the Holy Spirit. When we look at our judgments and self-attacks with the Holy Spirit from above the battleground and outside of this dream, we see their unreality. They are just reactions of the character in the dream and not the truth of what we are. We can smile at the silliness of it all. Nothing in this dream is serious. It is all made up.
 
We are One. And we can choose to release anything standing in the way of that Oneness. We can see it is just a wrong-minded thought of separation we are holding and cherishing. If we have difficulty letting it go, remember that we have Mighty Help to call on. Spirit reminds us that we are not our thoughts. This is all about our choice and our willingness to let go of our way, our beliefs, and our perspective and lean on His direction. We will then see with a broader perspective as we look through the eyes of Jesus who is a symbol of the love within us. We all share the same Self. "How beautiful it is to walk, clean and redeemed and happy, through a world in bitter need of the redemption that your innocence bestows upon it!" (T.23.IN.6.5) (ACIM OE T.23.IN.6) There is nothing more important, "For here is your salvation and your freedom." (T.23.IN.6.7) (ACIM OE T.23.IN.6)
 
You may want to read more in Chapter 23 where Jesus goes on to talk about the laws that appear to rule the world we made, which are "The Laws of Chaos." (T.23.II) (ACIM OE T.23.III) These laws define separation by saying: 1) We each have our own truth and it is different for everyone. 2) Each one of us must sin and therefore deserves attack. 3) We have made a God in our own image and told Him what He must believe about Himself. We ultimately hate and fear this God we made. He appears to be a more powerful ego. And finally, 4) We have what we have taken from others, so we can gain at their loss. If you reflect on these laws, you will see that they are laws we live by when we choose to live in competition with others rather than accept the truth of our reality as the same One Self.
 
Jesus gives us a very simple way to assess whether we have chosen the wrong mind of the ego or the right mind of the Self we are. He says that our feelings will inform us. Each time we are not experiencing peace and happiness, we have chosen the ego. Now we can make another choice. "Forgiveness cannot be withheld a little. Nor is it possible to attack for this and love for that and understand forgiveness." (T.23.III.4.5-6) (ACIM OE T.23.IV.44)
 
For those of us who struggle to understand this Course, which can seem difficult, this section reminds us that it is, in fact, easy because it makes no compromise. "This is the truth, and nothing else is true." (W.95.10.3) The truth about us is that we are One Self and the knowledge of who we are is still in our minds. All we need to do is bring the blocks we hold against the truth to the light; but this is challenging for us. We can accept that truth is true, but it is much harder to accept that "nothing else is true." (W.95.10.3) Jesus says, "My role is to separate the truth from the false, so truth can break through the barriers the ego has set up and can shine into your mind." (T.4.III.2.5) (ACIM OE T.4.IV.47) "Who but the insane would undertake to believe what is not true, and then protect this belief at the cost of truth?" (T.4.III.10.4) (ACIM OE T.4.IV.55)This is exactly what we do when we defend our perspectives and think we know anything of value. The world is an illusion. Nothing here is real. We have given meaning to everything here. In reality, nothing here has any meaning except the meaning we give it all. Now we are called to withdraw our own meaning and let the truth be written in the space left open in our minds.
 
Today, we are called to read over the ideas and comments, "And then begin to think about them, while letting your mind relate them to your needs, your seeming problems and all your concerns." (W. Review III.IN.5.3) We are basically letting related thoughts come to address any need, problem, or concern that we bring to this practice. Let the thoughts come up without your effort, but simply allow them to emerge. They are providing you guidance for your problems in light of this Lesson. We already have the wisdom in our right minds. With these ideas in your mind, "Give it faith that it will use them wisely, being helped in its decisions by the One Who gave the thoughts to you." (W.RIII.IN.6.2) "Have faith, in these reviews, the means the Holy Spirit uses [forgiveness] will not fail." (W.RIII.IN.6.4) The means provided us are to release all the thoughts that block our peace by taking responsibility for them. It is never about forgiving anyone but only about bringing the thoughts we project onto others back into our own minds and forgiving ourselves for using others to block our own peace and joy.
 
Remind yourself to do the Lesson frequently throughout the day on the hour for the first idea and on the half hour for the second idea, giving the idea a brief but serious review. Most important, because we forget all the time, the introduction ends by saying, "Do not forget how little you have learned. Do not forget how much you can learn now. Do not forget your Father's need of you, as you review these thoughts He gave to you." (W.RIII.IN.13.1-3) When we listen to our thoughts and allow them to dominate our minds, we lose our way. We forget that we are not our thoughts, and they don't define us. To remain with the obsessive thoughts of the ego is to choose to remain in hell when Heaven is stretching its arms to us. "Do not forget your Father's need of you, as you review these thoughts He gave to you." (W.RIII.IN.13.3)

Love and blessings, Sarah
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A Course in Miracles
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Chapter Ten

God and the Ego

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I. Introduction      

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Either God or the ego is insane. If you will examine the evidence on both sides fairly, you will realize that this must be true. Neither God nor the ego proposes a partial thought system. Each is internally consistent, but they are diametrically opposed in all respects so that partial allegiance is impossible. Remember, too, that their results are as different as their foundations, and their fundamentally irreconcilable natures cannot be reconciled by your vacillations. Nothing alive is fatherless, for life is creation. Therefore, your decision is always an answer to the question, "Who is my father?" And you will be faithful to the father you choose.
 
2 Yet what would you say to someone who really believed this question involves conflict? If you made the ego, how can the ego have made you? The authority problem remains the only source of perceived conflict because the ego was made out of the wish of God's Son to father Him. The ego, then, is nothing more than a delusional system in which you made your own father. Make no mistake about this. It sounds insane when it is stated with perfect honesty, but the ego never looks upon what it does with perfect honesty. Yet that is its insane premise, which is carefully hidden in the dark cornerstone of its thought system. And either the ego, which you made, is your father, or its whole thought system will not stand.
 
II. Projection Versus Extension 
 
3 You have made by projection, but God has created 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 foundation of] 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. Bring this light fearlessly with you and hold it up to the foundation of the ego's thought system bravely. Be willing to judge it with perfect honesty. Open the dark cornerstone of terror on which it rests and bring it out into the light. There you will see that it rests on meaninglessness and that everything of which you have been afraid was based on nothing.
 
4 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?
 
5 You have learned your need of healing. Would you bring anything else to the Sonship, recognizing your need of healing for yourself? For in this lies the beginning of knowledge, the foundation on which God will help you build again the thought system which you share with Him. Not one stone you place upon it but will be blessed by Him, for you will be restoring the holy dwelling place of His Son, where He wills His Son to be and where he is. In whatever part of the mind of God's Son you restore this reality, you restore it to yourself. For you dwell in the Mind of God with your brother, for God Himself did not will to be alone.
 
6 To be alone is to be separated from infinity, but how can this be if infinity has no end? No one can be beyond the limitless because what has no limits must be everywhere. There are no beginnings and no endings in God, Whose universe is Himself. Can you exclude yourself from the universe or from God, Who is the universe? I and my Father are one with you, for you are part of us. Do you really believe that part of God can be missing or lost to Him.
 
7 If you were not part of God, His Will would not be unified. Is this conceivable? Can part of His Mind contain nothing? If your place in His Mind cannot be filled by anyone except you, and your filling it was your creation, without you there would be an empty place in God's Mind. Extension cannot be blocked, and it has no voids. It continues forever, however much it is denied. Your denial of its reality arrests it in time but not in eternity. That is why your creations have not ceased to be extended and why so much is waiting for your return.
 
8 Waiting is possible only in time, but time has no meaning. You who made delay can leave time behind simply by recognizing that neither beginnings nor endings were created by the Eternal, Who placed no limits on His creation nor upon those who create like Him. You do not know this simply because you have tried to limit what He created, and so you believe that all creation is limited. How, then, could you know your creations, having denied infinity? The laws of the universe do not permit contradiction. What holds for God holds for you. If you believe you are absent from God, you will believe that He is absent from you.
 
9 Infinity is meaningless without you, and you are meaningless without God. There is no end to God and His Son, for we are the universe. God is not incomplete, and He is not childless. Because He did not will to be alone, He created a Son like Himself. Do not deny Him His Son, for your unwillingness to accept His Fatherhood has denied you yours. See His creations as His Son, for yours were created in honor of Him. The universe of love does not stop because you do not see it, and your closed eyes have not lost the ability to see. Look upon the glory of His creation, and you will learn what God has kept for you.
 
10 God has given you a place in His Mind which is yours forever. Yet you could keep it only by giving it, as it was given you. Could you be alone there if it was given you because God did not will to be alone? God's Mind cannot be lessened. It can only be increased, and everything He creates has the function of creating. Love does not limit, and what it creates is not limited. To give without limit is God's Will for you because only this can bring you the joy which is His and which He wills to share with you. Your love is as boundless as His because it is His.
 
11 Could any part of God be without His love and could any part of His love be contained? God is your heritage because His one gift is Himself. How can you give except like Him if you would know His gift to you? Give, then, without limit and without end to learn how much He has given you. Your ability to accept Him depends on your willingness to give as He gives. Your fatherhood and your Father are one. God willed to create, and your will is His. It follows, then, that you will to create since your will follows from His. And being an extension of His Will, yours must be the same.
 
12 Yet what you will you do not know. This is not strange when you realize that to deny is to " not know." God's Will is that you are His Son. By denying this, you denied your own will and therefore do not know what it is. The reason you must ask what God's Will is in everything is merely because it is yours. You do not know what it is, but the Holy Spirit remembers it for you. Ask Him, therefore, what God's Will is for you, and He will tell you yours. It cannot be too often repeated that you do not know it. Whenever what the Holy Spirit tells you appears to be coercive, it is only because you do not recognize your own will.
 
13 The projection of the ego makes it appear as if God's Will is outside yourself and therefore not yours. In this interpretation, it is possible for God's Will and yours to conflict. God then may seem to demand of you what you do not want to give and thus deprive you of what you want. Would God, who wants only your will, be capable of this? Your will is His Life, which He has given to you. Even in time you cannot live apart from Him, for sleep is not death. What He created can sleep, but it cannot die. Immortality is His Will for His Son and His Son's will for himself. God's Son cannot will death for himself because His Father is Life and His Son is like Him. Creation is your will because it is His.
 
14 You cannot be happy unless you do what you will truly, and you cannot change this because it is immutable. It is immutable by God's Will and yours, for otherwise His Will would not have been extended. You are afraid to know God's Will because you believe it is not yours. This belief is your whole sickness and your whole fear. Every symptom of sickness and fear arises here because this is the belief that makes you want not to know. Believing this, you hide in darkness, denying that the light is in you.
 
15 You are asked to trust the Holy Spirit only because He speaks for you. He is the Voice for God, but never forget that God did not will to be alone. He shares His Will with you; He does not thrust it upon you. Always remember that what He gives, He holds, so that nothing He gives can contradict Him. You who share His Life must share it to know it, for sharing is knowing. Blessed are you who learn that to hear the Will of your Father is to know your own. For it is your will to be like Him, Whose Will it is that it be so. God's Will is that His Son be one, and united with Him in His Oneness. That is why healing is the beginning of the recognition that your will is His.
 

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