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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
CH 11 "GOD'S PLAN FOR SALVATION"
X. GUILTLESSNESS AND INVULNERABILITY
Yet consider this: You are not guiltless in time, but in
"sinned" in the past, but there
no past. Always has
direction. Time seems to go in one direction, but when you reach its end, it will roll up like a long carpet which has spread along the past behind you and will disappear. As long as you believe the Son of God is guilty, you will walk along this carpet, believing that it leads to death. And the journey will seem long and cruel and senseless, for so it
The journey which the Son of God has set himself is foolish indeed, but the journey on which his Father sets him is one of release and joy. The Father is
cruel, and His Son
hurt himself. The retaliation he fears and which he
will never touch him, for although he believes in it, the Holy Spirit
it is not true. The Holy Spirit stands at the
of time, where
must be because He is
you. He has
undone everything unworthy of the Son of God, for such was His mission, given Him by God. And what God gives has
L e s s o n 131
No one can fail who asks* to reach the truth.
IAMBIC PENTAMETER BEGINS*
Voice and Music by CIMS SonShip Radio
Failure is all about you while you seek
for goals which cannot be achieved. You look
for permanence in the impermanent;
for love where there is none; for safety in
the midst of danger; immortality
within the darkness of the dream of death.
Who could succeed where contradiction is
the setting of his searching, and the place
to which he comes to find stability?|
Goals which are meaningless are not attained.
There is no way to reach them, for the means
by which you strive for them are meaningless
as they are. Who can use such senseless means
and hope through them to gain in anything?
Where can they lead? And what could they achieve
that offers any hope of being real?
Pursuit of the imagined leads to death
because it is the search for nothingness,
and as you seek for life you ask for death.
You look for safety and security
while in your heart you pray for danger and
protection of the little dream you made.|
Yet searching is inevitable here.
For this you came, and you will surely do
the thing you came for. But the world can not
dictate the goal for which you search unless
you give it power to do so. Otherwise,
you still are free to choose a goal that lies
beyond the world and every worldly thought,
and one which comes to you from an idea
relinquished yet remembered; old yet new,
an echo of a heritage forgot
yet holding everything you really want.|
Be glad that search you must. Be glad as well
to learn you seek for Heaven, and must find
the goal you really want. No-one can fail
to want this goal, and reach it in the end.
God's Son can not seek vainly, though he try
to force delay, deceive himself and think
that it is hell he seeks. When he is wrong
he finds correction; when he wanders off
he is led back to his appointed path.|
No-one remains in hell, for no-one can
abandon his Creator nor affect
His perfect, timeless and unchanging Love.
You will find Heaven. Everything you seek
but this will fall away, yet not because
it has been taken from you. It will go
because you do not want it. You will reach
the goal you really want as certainly
as God created you in sinlessness.|
Why wait for Heaven? It is here today.
Time is the great illusion it is past
or in the future. Yet this cannot be
if it is where God wills His Son to be.
How could the Will of God be in the past
or yet to happen? What He wills is now,
without a past and wholly futureless.
It is as far removed from time as is
a tiny candle from a distant star,
or what you made from what you really want.|
Heaven remains your one alternative
to this strange world you made and all its ways;
its shifting patterns and uncertain goals,
its painful pleasures and its tragic joys.
God made no contradictions. What denies
its own existence and attacks itself
is not of Him. He did not make two minds,
with Heaven as the glad effect of one,
and earth the other's sorry outcome which
is Heaven's opposite in every way.|
God does not suffer conflict. Nor is His
creation split in two. How could it be
His Son could be in hell when God Himself
established him in Heaven? Could he lose
what the Eternal Will has given him
to be his home forever? Let us not
try longer to impose an alien will
upon His single purpose. He is here
because He Wills to be, and what He wills
is present now, beyond the reach of time.|
Today we will not choose a paradox
in place of truth. How could the Son of God
make time to take away the Will of God?
He thus denies himself and contradicts
what has no opposite. He thinks he made
a hell opposing Heaven, and believes
that he abides in what does not exist,
while Heaven is the place he cannot find.|
Leave foolish thoughts like these behind today,
and turn your mind to true ideas instead.
No one can fail who asks to reach the truth,
and it is truth we ask to reach today.
We will devote ten minutes to this goal
three times today. And we will ask to see
the rising of the real world to replace
the foolish images that we held dear,
with true ideas arising in the place
of thoughts which have no meaning, no effect,
and neither source nor substance in the truth.|
This we acknowledge as we start upon
our practice periods today with this:
I ask to see a different world, and think
a different kind of thought from those I made.
The world I seek I did not make alone.
The thoughts I want to think are not my own."
For several minutes watch your mind and see,
although your eyes are closed, the senseless world
you think is real. Review the thoughts as well
which are compatible with such a world,
and which you think are true. Then let them go,
and sink below them to the holy place
where they can enter not. There is a door
beneath them in your mind which you could not
completely lock to hide what lies beyond.|
Seek for that door and find it. But before
you try to open it, remind yourself
no one can fail who asks to reach the truth,
and it is this request you make today.
Nothing but this has any meaning now;
No other goal is valued now nor sought;
Nothing before this door you really want;
And only what lies past it do you seek.|
Put out your hand and see how easily
the door swings open with your one intent
to go beyond it. Angels light the way,
so that all darkness vanishes, and you
are standing in a light so bright and clear
that you can understand all things you see.
A tiny moment of surprise, perhaps,
will make you pause before you realize
the world you see before you in the light
reflects the truth you knew, and did not quite
forget in wandering away in dreams.|
You cannot fail today. There walks with you
the Spirit Heaven sent you that you might
approach this door some day, and through His aid
slip effortlessly past it to the light.
Today that day has come. Today God keeps
His ancient promise to His holy Son,
as does His Son remember his to Him.
This is a day of gladness, for you come
to the appointed time and place where you
will find the goal of all your searching here
and all the seeking of the world, which end
together as you pass beyond the door.|
Remember often that today must be
a time of special gladness, and refrain
from dismal thoughts and meaningless laments.
Salvation's time has come. Today is set
by Heaven itself to be a time of grace
for you and for the world. If you forget
this happy fact, remind yourself with this:
Today I seek and find all that I want.
My single purpose promises it to me.
No-one can fail who asks to reach the truth.
* From Original Hand Script Notes
ACIM Edmonton - Sarah's Reflections
No one can fail who seeks* to reach the truth.
Isn't it reassuring to know that we can delay our journey to truth, wander off, procrastinate, or have an ego fest, but ultimately, we will be led back because it is certain we will all return home? It is a certainty because we are already home! We are just not aware of the truth of this in our present mindset. As we take this journey, it is reassuring to know that nothing will be taken away from us. We determine the pace of our awakening. In the process, we increasingly become aware that we no longer want to hold onto many things we once thought were important. They simply fall away.
The ego is about seeking and never finding, which has been our experience in the world. Jesus tells us that to seek and never find is an experience of frustration and despair. I am certain we can all attest to that. All our seeking is to minimize pain and maximize pleasure. We do this by trying to solve problems in the world, but Jesus reminds us that neither the problem nor the solution can be found in the world. This is why no matter what we do, or how hard we try to achieve happiness in the world, it is an impossible situation, and ultimately, we all come to a place of disillusionment and depression. "Failure is all about you while you seek for goals that cannot be achieved." (W.131.1.1) We have all followed the ego's mantra of "seek and do not find" because that is why we came.
Jesus says that we have all come to this world to search for experience. That is what we will do, but what we search for can change since ". . . the world can not dictate the goal for which you search, unless you give it power to do so." (W.131.3.3) We search for things of the world until one day we come to the realization, "There must be a better way." This was the realization that the scribes of the Course, Helen Schucman and her partner Bill Thetford, came to, which started the whole process of dictation of this Course. It was their agreement to find the way out of their conflict together that led to the Course being brought into the world.
While the goals we set for ourselves in the world can certainly be reached, Jesus says that even when they are achieved, we still won't find what we are looking for. What we are all looking for is peace, love, safety, security, and happiness. The problem is that we think peace and happiness can be found in the things we pursue in the world; but they can only be found within the mind. Until we recognize this, we will always feel like there is something missing that we can find outside of ourselves. Until we look to the true source---the place in our minds where peace abides---looking for it in the world will be to no avail.
"Goals that are meaningless are not attained
." (W.131.2.1) Nothing we strive for here will ever work to bring us real happiness. So are we being asked to give up our goals? No, Jesus is not saying our goals are wrong. He is only saying that they won't bring us the happiness we seek, and that we will ultimately experience a sense of failure because we have found nothing of real value
through our own efforts. We have put a lot of energy and attention in trying to achieve our goals in the world. It can be discouraging to learn that they won't bring us what we most want. Unless we see another way to find what we are truly looking for, we just keep trying and trying, thinking that the next time will be different. It never is. The ego will never reveal this to us. The world has programmed us to think there is something of value to pursue here, but nothing here will ever work. Nothing will ever satisfy us in bringing us the deep peace and happiness for which we all yearn.
Our lives are programmed by our past learning and past conditioning on what we deem as success in the world. We may indeed experience success in achieving the goals that we have set. What we won't experience, however, is the deep peace, joy, and safety we really seek. Our goals will fail in this deeper sense of achieving what we really want. With each failure, we think that the next time will be different. The next relationship will be better. The next job will fulfill my needs. The next home I buy will make me happy, and the expectation of the big financial win is all I need to be secure. In the background is the ego, cheering us on to stay invested in our pursuits and thus committed to the ego. It has set it up so we will keep seeking and never find. Of course, this is hidden from our awareness.
If we were to tune into the ego, we would hear its constant message telling us that we don't deserve to be happy and are not worthy of love. Jesus says that this is the dirge we sing to ourselves and listen to all day long.
"Healing occurs as a patient begins to hear the dirge he sings, and questions its validity."
It is running in the unconscious mind 24/7.
"Pursuit of the imagined leads to death because it is the search for nothingness, and while you seek for life you ask for death
. You look for safety and security, while in your heart you pray for danger and protection for the little dream you made." (W.131.2.6-7) The ego says punishment and death are what we deserve because of our sins against God. We can get in touch with this only when we look honestly at what we believe about ourselves. When we do, we will get in touch with feelings of unworthiness, abandonment, and deep loneliness. These are the feelings we work hard to avoid and to compensate for, and thus, we involve ourselves with distractions to keep the sadness away. The world offers us many distractions, which is what its function is. It keeps us from staying connected with these kinds of feelings that we deny, repress, and defend against.
On a conscious level, we all want happiness, peace, safety, and security, but in the unconscious mind we are actually asking to be hurt, punished, victimized, and betrayed. The ego has convinced us that we don't deserve happiness but that we deserve punishment for having separated from God. We don't want to hold this thought, so instead of seeing ourselves as deserving punishment, we see others as punishing us. They are the ones dispensing God's punishment for Him. We don't like the unconscious guilt in our minds. It is distressing for us to hold onto that much guilt, so we project it onto others and see them as the guilty ones instead of ourselves. It is the solution the ego has set up for getting rid of our mountain of guilt. The only problem is that it does not get rid of the guilt in our minds, and now we expect punishment from a guilty, attacking world. Our wish is to be betrayed by others so we can establish our victimhood and see our victimizers as being punished. This way we believe we are maintaining our innocence and do not have to take responsibility for our condition. Thus, we have a great investment in seeing others guilty. It maintains the belief that they will be the ones who will ultimately be punished as the evil-doers rather than us. We prefer to take the role of the innocent victims of others' wrongdoing. We hope this will allow us to escape God's punishment in the end.
Of course, this is mostly not apparent to us. If we really saw how this was all set up, we would have no difficulty giving it up. It is buried in the mind, and without Jesus exposing it to us, we would never see it and just keep trying harder and harder to find peace and happiness in the world. When we are willing to see that maybe we have it all wrong and perhaps there is another choice, we can refuse the ego's program. Now we can turn to the Holy Spirit within the right mind where the truth abides. It requires that we turn away from the voice of the ego and tune into the Holy Spirit channel. While we are making this transition, there will be a lot of static just like a radio when the dial is between two stations. When our goal is to seek nothing but the truth, we will find what we are looking for because it is already in us. Jesus keeps reminding us, ". . . the world cannot dictate the goal for which you search, unless you give it the power to do so." (W.131.3.3)
"Yet searching is inevitable here. For this you came, and you will surely do the thing you came for
." (W.131.3.1-2) It is good we came here to search because it will ultimately lead us to search for what is true. We are free to make the choice anytime we are ready " . . . to choose a goal that lies beyond the world . . .," (W.131.3.4) which is calling to us from ". . . an echo of a heritage forgot, yet holding everything you really want." (W.131.3.4) This is the echo of the Forgotten Song, which Jesus says is ". . . a hint of an ancient state not quite forgotten." (T.21.I.6) (ACIM OE T.21.II.8) We have a deep yearning to hear again the beautiful notes of this song that sings to us of what we have forgotten.
Ultimately, we all realize the things of this world only bring pain because of their transient nature and their lack of permanence. The alternative to "its painful pleasures and its tragic joys" (W.131.7.1) is Heaven. We think it takes time to find the eternal stillness within. We may get discouraged along the way, believing that we will never succeed. We may sense we are making progress and then experience a major setback when our egos have a heyday with us. We wonder if we will ever arrive at certainty, where peace and joy reign at least most of the time. Today, we are assured of this in the Lesson when he says, "God's Son can not seek vainly, though he try to force delay, deceive himself and think that it is hell he seeks. When he is wrong, he finds correction. When he wanders off, he is led back to his appointed task." (W.131.4.4-6) We do not have to wait for some time in the future to make the decision for peace now. With every decision we make we are choosing Heaven or hell. We are making progress even if it is not always apparent to us. It sometimes feels like two steps forward and one step back, but as Jesus says, "Now you must learn that only infinite patience produces immediate effects." (T.5.VI.12.1) (ACIM OE T.5.VIII.81)
The closer we get to the real world, the more the ego resists, gets vicious, and makes a last-ditch effort to dissuade us from this journey. When we achieve our worldly goals, it can be compelling to side with the ego, but our pleasure at achieving our goals doesn't last, and in the end, we experience more pain. We have been on this worldly merry-go-round for millennia, according to Jesus, and now this teaching has found us because we are ready for it. We have delayed, and we have deceived ourselves, but when we realize that we have not found what we really seek, we are "led back to his [our] appointed task." (W.131.4.6) It is very comforting to know we have a Guide and will be called back. When we have had enough of our special relationships, our painful pleasures, and disappointments, we are happy to get back on track.
While we might dip into frustration, despair, anger, and discouragement at times, most of us have had sufficient reinforcement in our journey, up to this point, to see that there is no other road we would rather be on. Certainty of outcome makes for patience and contentment along the way. We have a way out, and we know how to find it---we go beyond the cacophony of noise from the ego. We are increasingly turning away from its raucous demands. We are being asked to "Remember often that today should be a time of special gladness, and refrain from dismal thoughts and meaningless laments. Salvation's time has come." (W.131.15.1-2) There is a door in our minds that we can enter and go beyond the incessant demands of the ego. Through that door is the radiant inner altar where we can lay our fears, doubts, and dark thoughts to be dissolved in the light. It is a holy place where: "Angels light the way, so that all darkness vanishes, and you are standing in a light so bright and clear that you can understand all things you see." (W.131.13.2) Yet it is up to us to bring awareness to these dark thoughts and be willing to surrender them to the holy light. What we don't acknowledge cannot be healed.
"No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth
(W.131) The end is certain, and together, we can find our way home. There is no need to wait. Heaven is here today. This Lesson speaks of time as the great illusion. "How could the Will of God be in the past, or yet to happen? What He wills is now, without a past and wholly futureless. 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." (W.131.6.5-7) The separation from God never happened. We are unaware of this in our dream, but we will find Heaven because Heaven has never left us.
"Why wait for Heaven?"
(W.188.1.1) We made time, and we made it to keep ourselves from eternity. In other words, time is the hell we made and the suffering we experience here. Time is based on the belief that Heaven was in the past and that we threw it away. Now the ego tells us that if we are good and atone for our sins, we may get to Heaven at some future time. Of course, it is contingent on our being willing to sacrifice so we can pay God back for what we have taken from Him. This is not what God wills. It is impossible that the Will of God be in the past. It is now. Jesus teaches us that the separation never happened. "You cannot fail today. There walks with you the Spirit Heaven sent you, that you might approach this door some day, and through His aid slip effortlessly past it, to the light. Today that day has come. Today God keeps His ancient promise to His holy Son, as does His Son remember his to Him. This is a day of gladness, for we come to the appointed time and place where you will find the goal of all your searching here, and all the seeking of the world, which end together as you pass beyond the door." (W.131.14.2-5)
As we accept his message, our awareness of time as illusion becomes more apparent and we begin to experience the fact that perfect love is available now. While our self-concept and bodily identity seem to be here, the true mind is always available to us in the holy instant. It is filled with light, innocence, peace, and eternal joy. "Atonement might be equated with total escape from the past and total lack of interest in the future." (Manual for Teachers.24.6.3) We think it will take time for us to return to Heaven, but it is all about our choice. The will of God is all-powerful. "What He wills is now, without a past and wholly futureless." (W.131.6.6) We don't have to wait.
The extent of our willingness to do the practices as the Lessons describe is the extent of our willingness to know the truth about ourselves. Lack of practice does not mean that we are bad, nor that we won't achieve our goal, but only that we are choosing to delay. As Jesus assures us, "Ultimately, every member of the family of God must return." (T.I.V.4) (ACIM OE T.1.I.59) The speed by which we reach our goal only depends on our willingness; so, while we can delay, we can't fail. Having said that, forcing ourselves to practice is not a good idea. Watch your mind for resistance without judging or condemning yourself. "And if you find resistance strong and dedication weak, you are not ready. Do not fight yourself." (T.30.I.1.6) (ACIM OE T.30.II.2) This does not mean we should just give up. It only means we can pick up where we left off and keep moving forward. It may take years to prepare ourselves for serious study, as it did for me. It does not matter.
We live in a world of contradictions, of painful pleasures, and tragic joys where we seem to be split in two---sometimes experiencing ourselves as beautiful and loving and at other times attacking and angry. Heaven does seem elusive to us, doesn't it? While it does not exist, this world does seem very real to us. Jesus calls these thoughts nothing but foolish, and he reminds us that once we set Heaven as our goal, we will achieve it, as it is right here, right now. Only one side of the contradiction must be true. Which side will you pick? Consistency requires that we go all one way or all the other way. God did not make two minds. He did not create the good and the bad.
"He thinks he made a hell opposing Heaven, and believes that he abides in what does not exist, while Heaven is the place he cannot find
." (W.131.9.4) "Leave foolish thoughts like these behind today, and turn your mind to true ideas instead." (W.131.10.1) It is foolish to think that our experience here is real and that this world actually exists. God did not make this world. This entire world of time and space is an illusion. It is a projection of the split mind. The Atonement principle assures us that we have not changed ourselves from how we were created. We are still a thought in the mind of God. We can't abide in a world that does not even exist! And so, we are asked to try to reach truth today by replacing our foolish images with the truth. This is something we can only do when we admit we have been wrong about everything and ask to be shown another way.
Today, "I ask to see a different world, and think a different kind of thought from those I made. The world I seek I did not make alone, the thoughts I want to think are not my own." (W.131.11.3-4)
"For several minutes watch your mind and see, although your eyes are closed, the senseless world you think is real. Review the thoughts as well which are compatible with such a world, and which you think are true. Then let them go, and sink below them to the holy place where they can enter not. There is a door beneath them in your mind, which you could not completely lock to hide what lies beyond."
"Seek for that door and find it. But before you try to open it, remind yourself no one can fail who seeks to reach the truth."
(W.131.12.1-2) Make this request today. Realize that "Nothing but this has any meaning now; no other goal is valued now nor sought, nothing before this door you really want, and only what lies past it do you seek." (W.131.12.4) See yourself putting out your hand, and "see how easily the door swings open with your one intent to go beyond it. Angels light the way, so that all darkness vanishes, and you are standing in a light so bright and clear that you can understand all things you see." (W.131.13.1-2)
As "dismal thoughts and meaningless laments" (W.131.15.1) cross your mind today, remind yourself, "Today is set by Heaven itself to be a time of grace for you and for the world." (W.131.15.3) Then identify the thoughts that block the truth. Look at them. Don't deny them, or you won't be able to let them go. And "If you forget. . . remind yourself with this: Today I seek and find all that I want. My single purpose offers it to me. No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth." (W.131.15.4-7) Notice any resistance that comes up, recognizing how much fear we have of letting go of the ego.
Love and blessings, Sarah
~ Course in Miracles Society chose their title for this Lesson from the scribe's original notes:
"No one can fail who asks* to reach the truth."
God's Plan for Salvation
Voice and Music by Martin Weber, CIMS SonShip Radio
X. Guiltlessness and Invulnerability
85 If you did not feel guilty, you
could not attack, for condemnation is the root of attack. It is the judgment of one mind by another as
unworthy of love and
deserving of punishment. But herein lies the split. For the mind that judges perceives itself as
separate from the mind being judged, believing that by punishing another,
it will escape punishment. All this is but the delusional attempt of the mind to deny itself and
escape the penalty of denial. It is not an attempt to
relinquish denial but to
hold on to it. For it is guilt that has obscured the Father to you, and it is guilt that has driven you insane.
86 The acceptance of guilt into the mind of God's Son was the beginning of the separation, as the acceptance of the Atonement is its end. The world you see is the delusional system of those made mad by guilt. Look carefully at this world, and you will realize that this is so. For this world is the symbol of punishment, and all the laws which seem to govern it are the laws of death. Children are born into it through pain and in pain. Their growth is attended by suffering, and they learn of sorrow and separation and death. Their minds are trapped in their brain, and its powers decline if their bodies are hurt. They seem to love, yet they desert and are deserted. They appear to lose what they love, perhaps the most insane belief of all. And their bodies wither and gasp and are laid in the ground and seem to be no more. Not one of them but has thought that God is cruel.
87 If this
were the real world, God
would be cruel. For no father could subject his children to this as the price of salvation and
Love does not kill to save. If it did, attack
would be salvation, and this is the
not God's. Only the world of guilt could demand this, for only the guilty could
conceive of it. Adam's "sin" could have touched none of you, had you not believed that it was the
Father Who drove him out of paradise. For in that belief, the knowledge of the Father was lost, since only those who do
not understand Him
could believe it.
88 This world
is a picture of the crucifixion of God's Son. And until you realize that God's Son cannot
be crucified, this is the world you will see. Yet you will not realize this until you accept the eternal fact that God's Son is
not guilty. He
deserves only love because he has
given only love. He cannot
be condemned because he has never condemned. The Atonement is the final lesson he need learn, for it teaches him that, never having sinned, he has no
need of salvation.
89 Long ago we said that the Holy Spirit shares the goal of all good teachers, whose ultimate aim is to make themselves unnecessary by teaching their pupils all they know. The Holy Spirit wills
only this, for sharing the Father's love for His Son, He wills to remove
all guilt from his mind that he may remember his Father in peace. For peace and guilt are antithetical, and the Father can be remembered
only in peace. Love and guilt cannot coexist, and to accept one is to
deny the other. Guilt hides Christ from your sight, for it is the denial of the blamelessness of God's Son.
90 In this strange world which you have made, the Son of God
has sinned. How could you
see him, then? By making him invisible, the world of retribution rose in the black cloud of guilt which you accepted, and you hold it dear. For the blamelessness of Christ is the proof that the ego never was and can never be. Without guilt the ego
has no life, and God's Son
is without guilt. As you look upon yourselves and judge what you do honestly, as you have been asked to do, you may be tempted to wonder how you
can be guiltless.
91 Yet consider this: You are not guiltless in time, but in
have "sinned" in the past, but there
is no past. Always has
no direction. Time seems to go in one direction, but when you reach its end, it will roll up like a long carpet which has spread along the past behind you and will disappear. As long as you believe the Son of God is guilty, you will walk along this carpet, believing that it leads to death. And the journey will seem long and cruel and senseless, for so it
92 The journey which the Son of God has set himself is foolish indeed, but the journey on which his Father sets him is one of release and joy. The Father is
not cruel, and His Son
cannot hurt himself. The retaliation he fears and which he
sees will never touch him, for although he believes in it, the Holy Spirit
knows it is not true. The Holy Spirit stands at the
end of time, where
you must be because He is
with you. He has
always undone everything unworthy of the Son of God, for such was His mission, given Him by God. And what God gives has
93 You will see me as you learn the Son of God is guiltless. He has always sought his guiltlessness, and he has
found it. For everyone is seeking to escape from the prison he has made, and the way to find release is not denied him. Being
in him, he
has found it.
When he finds it is only a matter of time, and time is but an illusion. For the Son of God is guiltless
now, and the brightness of his purity shines untouched forever in God's Mind. God's Son will
always be as he was created. Deny
your world and judge him not, for his eternal guiltlessness is in the Mind of his Father, and protects him forever.
94 When you have accepted the Atonement for yourselves, you will realize that there
is no guilt in God's Son. And
only as you look upon him as guiltless can you understand his oneness. For the idea of guilt brings a belief in condemnation of one by another, projecting separation in place of unity. You can condemn only
yourself, and by so doing, you cannot know that you
are God's Son. You have denied the condition of his Being, which is his perfect blamelessness. Out of love he was created, and in love he abides. Goodness and mercy have always followed him, for he has always extended the love of his Father.
95 As you perceive the holy companions who travel with you, you will realize that there
is no journey, but only an awakening. The Son of God, who sleepeth not, has kept faith with his Father
for you. There is no road to travel on and no time to travel through. For God waits not for His Son in time, being forever unwilling to be without him. And so it has always been. Let the holiness of God's Son shine away the cloud of guilt that darkens your mind, and by accepting his purity as yours, learn of him that it
96 You are invulnerable
because you are guiltless. You can hold on to the past
only through guilt. For guilt establishes that you will be punished for what you have done and thus depends on one-dimensional time, proceeding from past to future. No one who believes this can understand what
always means. And therefore guilt
must deprive you of the appreciation of eternity. You are immortal
because you are eternal and always
must be now. Guilt, then, is a way of holding past and future in your minds to ensure the ego's continuity. For if what has been
will be punished, the ego's continuity is guaranteed. Yet the guarantee of your continuity is God's, not the ego's. And immortality is the opposite of time, for time passes away, while immortality is constant.
97 Accepting the Atonement teaches you what immortality
is, for by accepting your guiltlessness, you learn that the past has never been, and so the future is needless. The future, in time, is always associated with expiation, and
only guilt could induce a sense of
need for expiation. Accepting the guiltlessness of the Son of God as
yours is therefore God's way of reminding you of His Son and what he is in truth. For God has never condemned His Son, and being guiltless, he
98 You cannot dispel guilt by making it real and
then atoning for it. This is the ego's plan, which it offers
instead of dispelling it. The ego believes in atonement through
attack, being fully committed to the insane notion that attack
is salvation. And you who cherish guilt must
also believe it, for how else but by identifying
with the ego could you hold dear what you do not want?
99 The ego teaches you to attack yourself
because you are guilty, and this must
increase the guilt, for guilt is the
result of attack. In the ego's teaching, then, there
is no escape from guilt. For attack makes guilt real, and if it is real, there
is no way to overcome it. The Holy Spirit dispels it simply through the calm recognition that it has never been. As He looks upon the guiltless Son of God, he
knows this is true. And being true for
cannot attack yourself, for without guilt, attack is impossible. You, then,
are saved because God's Son is guiltless. And being wholly pure, you
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