Lesson 132
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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
  CH 12 "THE PROBLEM OF GUILT"
II. CRUCIFIXION BY GUILT   
 
You are afraid of redemption, and you believe it will kill you. Make no mistake about the depth of your fear. For you believe that in the presence of truth you will turn on yourself and destroy yourself.
 
9Little children, this is not so. Your "guilty secret" is nothing, and if you will but bring it to the light, the light will dispel it. And then no dark cloud will remain between you and the remembrance of your Father, for you will remember His guiltless Son, who did not die, because he is immortal. And you will see that you were redeemed with him and have never been separated from him. In this understanding lies your remembering, for it is the recognition of love without fear. There will be great joy in Heaven on your homecoming, and the joy will be yours. For the redeemed son of man is the guiltless Son of God, and to recognize him is your redemption.
 

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L e s s o n  132
  I loose the world from all I thought it was.


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   What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs?
   And what can save the world except your Self?
   Belief is powerful indeed. The thoughts
   you hold are mighty, and illusions are
   as strong in their effects as is the truth.
   A madman thinks the world he sees is real
   and does not doubt it. Nor can he be swayed
   by questioning his thoughts' effects. It is
   but when their source is raised to question that
   the hope of freedom comes to him at last.|
 
   Yet is salvation easily achieved,
   for anyone is free to change his mind,
   and all his thoughts change with it. Now the source
   of thought has shifted, for to change your mind
   means you have changed the source of all ideas
   you think or ever thought or yet will think.
   You free the past from what you thought before.
   You free the future from all ancient thoughts
   of seeking what you do not want to find.|
   The present now remains the only time.
   Here in the present is the world set free.
   For as you let the past be lifted and
   release the future from your ancient fears,
   you find escape and give it to the world.
 
   You have enslaved the world with all your fears,
   your doubts and miseries, your pain and tears,
   and all your sorrows press upon it, and
   keep it a prisoner to your beliefs.
   Death strikes it everywhere because you hold
   the bitter thought of death within your mind.|
   The world is nothing in itself. Your mind
   must give it meaning. And what you behold
   upon it are your wishes, acted out
   so you can look on them and think them real.
 
   Perhaps you think you did not make the world,
   but came unwillingly to what was made
   already, hardly waiting for your thoughts
   to give it meaning. Yet in truth you found
   exactly what you looked for when you came.|
   There is no world apart from what you wish,
   and herein lies your ultimate release.
   Change but your mind on what you want to see,
   and all the world must change accordingly.
 
   Ideas leave not their source. This central thought
   is often stated in the text, and must
   be borne in mind if you would understand
   the lesson for today. It is not pride
   which tells you that you made the world you see,
   and that it changes as you change your mind.|
   But it is pride that argues you have come
   into a world quite separate from yourself,
   impervious to what you think, and quite
   apart from what you chance to think it is.
 
   There is no world! This is the central thought
   the course attempts to teach. Not everyone
   is ready to accept it, and each one
   must go as far as he can let himself
   be led along the road to truth. He will
   return and go still farther, or perhaps
   step back a while and then return again.|
 
   But healing is the gift of those who are
   prepared to learn there is no world, and can
   accept the lesson now. Their readiness
   will bring the lesson to them in some form
   which they can understand and recognize.
   Some see it suddenly on point of death,
   and rise to teach it. Others find it in
   experience that is not of this world,
   which shows them that the world does not exist
   because what they behold must be the truth,
   and yet it clearly contradicts the world.|
   And some will find it in this course, and in
   the exercises that we do today.
  
   Today's idea is true because the world
   does not exist. And if it is indeed
   your own imagining, then you can loose
   it from all things you ever thought it was
   by merely changing all the thoughts that gave
   it these appearances. The sick are healed
   as you let go all thoughts of sickness, and
   the dead arise when you let thoughts of life
   replace all thoughts you ever held of death.|
 
   A lesson earlier repeated once
   must now be stressed again, for it contains
   the firm foundation for today's idea.
   You are as God created you. There is
   no place where you can suffer, and no time
   that can bring change to your eternal state.
   How can a world of time and place exist,
   if you remain as God created you?|
 
   What is the lesson for today except
   another way of saying that to know
   your Self is the salvation of the world?
   To free the world from every kind of pain
   is but to change your mind about yourself.
   There is no world apart from your ideas
   because ideas leave not their source, and you
   maintain the world within your mind in thought.|
 
   Yet if you are as God created you,
   you cannot think apart from Him, nor make
   what does not share His timelessness and love.
   Are these inherent in the world you see?
   Does it create like Him? Unless it does,
   it is not real and cannot be at all.
   If you are real the world you see is false,
   for God's creation is unlike the world
   in every way. And as it was His Thought
   by which you were created, so it is
   your thoughts which made it and must set it free,
   that you may know the Thoughts you share with God.|
 
   Release the world! Your real creations wait
   for this release to give you fatherhood,
   not of illusions, but as God in truth.
   God shares His Fatherhood with you who are
   His Son, for He makes no distinctions in
   what is Himself and what is still Himself.
   What He creates is not apart from Him,
   and nowhere does the Father end, the Son
   begin as something separate from Him.|
 
   There is no world because it is a thought
   apart from God, and made to separate
   the Father and the Son, and break away
   a part of God Himself and thus destroy
   His Wholeness. Can a world which comes from this
   idea be real? Can it be anywhere?
   Deny illusions, but accept the truth.
   Deny you are a shadow briefly laid
   upon a dying world. Release your mind,
   and you will look upon a world released.|
 
   Today our purpose is to free the world
   from all the idle thoughts we ever held
   about it, and about all living things
   we see upon it. They can not be there,
   no more than we. For we are in the home
   our Father set for us along with them.
   And we who are as He created us
   would loose the world this day from every one
   of our illusions, that we may be free.|
 
   Begin the fifteen minute periods
   in which we practice twice today with this:
 
   " I who remain as God created me 
    Would loose the world from all I thought it was. 
    For I am real because the world is not, 
    And I would know my own reality."

   Then merely rest, alert but with no strain,
   and let your mind in quietness be changed
   so that the world is freed along with you.|
 
   You need not realize that healing comes
   to many brothers far across the world
   as well as to the ones you see nearby,
   as you send out these thoughts to bless the world.
   But you will sense your own release, although
   you may not fully understand as yet
   that you could never be released alone.|
 
   Throughout the day, increase the freedom sent
   through your ideas to all the world, and say
   whenever you are tempted to deny
   the power of your simple change of mind:
 
   " I loose the world from all I thought it was, 
    And choose my own reality instead."
    
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LESSON 132
I loose the world from all I thought it was.
 
Sarah's Commentary:

We are very invested in our way of seeing things. We trust in our observations and believe in what our senses tell us. We believe there is a world already here when we were born. In other words, we think the world was always in place yet we read in this Lesson that this is not so. The world is a picture of what is in our own minds. "The world is nothing in itself. Your mind must give it meaning." (W.132.4.1-2) This Lesson is very clear in its statement---there is no world! Indeed, it is startling to hear this said over and over in this Lesson and throughout the Course. Our minds have a hard time accepting it, so Jesus makes a case for why this must be so. We may want to push this thought away. "Not everyone is ready to accept it, and each one must go as far as he can let himself be led along the road to truth." (W.132.6.4) If we don't get it this time, there may be a later time, or maybe another lifetime, when we will return to learn it.
 
The thoughts we hold about the world make it real for us. "Your mind must give it meaning. And what you behold upon it are your wishes, acted out so you can look on them and think them real." (W.132.4-2-3)Since the world we see is just the effect of our thoughts, Jesus gives us the analogy of a madman, hallucinating. What we call seeing is not seeing at all but more like image-making. These images are projections of the thoughts in our minds. Yet we are told it is fruitless for us to directly question the reality of the world, for this is like trying to convince a madman that his hallucinations are not real. Instead, we are encouraged to question the thoughts in our minds. What must I be thinking to see a frightening world, a sad world, a challenging world, or an exciting world? The thoughts and beliefs I hold become what I picture of the external world. Thus, the world becomes a perfect witness of what is in my mind.
 
"Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly ." (W.132.5.2) When we become willing to look at our thoughts and to question them, we start the process of healing. Healing happens when we become aware of our thoughts and beliefs and are willing to see that we are wrong about everything. The world is the screen on which we project our thoughts. The thoughts are in our minds and the good news is that they can change because we are the ones holding them. Everything we are seeing is our misperceptions. It is only our insistence that we are right about our opinions and judgments that keeps the mind bound to its perspectives. To admit that I don't know anything is to be willing to be open to a new way of seeing.
 
Jesus says, "But it is pride that argues you have come into a world quite separate from yourself, impervious to what you think, and quite apart from what you chance to think it is." (W.132.6.1) In other words, we keep making the case that we are simply victims of this world and are not responsible for making it moment by moment! We resist taking responsibility for our projections that are seen on the screen of the world. Yet this is precisely what we are asked to do. We are asked to take responsibility for what we perceive.
 
Our minds are powerful. Our stories of being victimized by the people and events of this world do not come from the world at all but from the way we choose to give meaning to these events. Our beliefs alone give the world its power. "What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs?" (W.132.1.1) They are false beliefs, and they originate with the ego. We learn that the beliefs we hold can be dismissed, recognizing they have no power except the power we choose to give them. They keep us invested in the illusion when we invest in the stories, beliefs, and thoughts we hold.
 
What we need to do is take responsibility for our thoughts and recognize their power. "Belief is powerful indeed." (W.132.1.3) Bringing these beliefs to awareness and taking responsibility for the meaning we give to everything that shows up will start the process of shifting our perspective about the world. "Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly." (W.132.5.2) That is why Jesus says, "Yet is salvation easily achieved, for anyone is free to change his mind, and all his thoughts change with it." (W.132.2.1) As our thought system shifts from sin, guilt, fear, suffering, and death to forgiveness, peace, healing, innocence, and holiness, everything changes. Our minds are where the source of our freedom lies because we can choose to release all that is false. This is good news because we are now no longer at the mercy of events outside of our own minds!
 
Don asked me to follow him to the body shop to have his car fixed. I told him I did not know the way there and asked him not to lose me. As we were driving, he chose to run a yellow light, leaving me to sit at the red light. I felt angry that he had not stopped to wait for me. I judged him for being inconsiderate of me. Fear set in, as I did not know how to get there on my own. All kinds of thoughts crossed my mind as I worried about what to do now, and why he would do this to me. The voice of the ego can get very obsessive. Watching my mind, I reminded myself that I was, in that moment, creating my reality. Then I asked myself these questions: "Will what I am thinking and feeling impede my path or enhance it?" "Will it solidify the ego's dream or help me awaken from it?" and "Do I really want to hold onto a thought that is hurting me?" Holy Spirit, help me to see it differently. I realized I could choose peace and reminded myself that my goal was peace.
 
I actively resisted buying into the ego harangue and affirmed that I would not listen to it. I was willing to trust that all would be well and that I would be guided to where I was to go. As I kept driving, I spotted his car up ahead with several cars driving slowly in front of me, which prevented me from catching up with him. I smiled as I thought about how it was my dream and therefore completely malleable. As this thought came, the cars all moved away to the side and there I was right behind him! Our part is to make space in our minds for the shift to take place from murder to miracles. When we do, the world shifts accordingly. This is what the miracle does. This is what willingness to tune into our intuition offers us. It reminds us that there is never anything wrong. We just need to align our minds with Spirit and ignore the rants of the ego. They do not belong in our pristine minds. They are part of the false self that we are not.
 
In holding thoughts of attack, I actually seek for what I ". . . do not want to find." (W.132.2.4) When I change my mind, all my thoughts change with it. Now, I no longer want anger and attack and I'm motivated to find what I truly want, which is peace. Stubbornly holding onto our positions keeps us in hell. If we don't want to suffer, we need to change our minds. The idea is to close the gap between the time spent in holding onto grievances and in choosing forgiveness. Jesus reminds us that we are not stuck with the way things are. We are free to change our minds and recognize that when we change our minds, we change the source of our beliefs. This means the source of our thoughts has shifted from the ego mind to the true Source in the mind, which is our Divine Self. With this shift, we experience miracles. This takes willingness and determination not to buy into how things appear based on our senses but to question our perspectives and ask for the help of our inner Teacher. It brings us to the present moment. "The present now remains the only time. Here in the present is the world set free." (W.132.3.1-2) When we are willing to undertake the healing of our own minds, healing extends to the world through us, as there is only one mind. "For as you let the past be lifted and release the future from your ancient fears, you find escape and give it to the world." (W.132.3.3)
 
"You have enslaved the world with all your fears, your doubts and miseries, your pain and tears; and all your sorrows press on it, and keep the world a prisoner to your beliefs ." (W.132.3.4) We think our pain and tears are our own personal experience, yet he begs to differ, claiming that our pain bodies, as Eckhart Tolle calls them, keep the world prisoner to our sorrows. We enslave the world with our thoughts and beliefs and force death on it. Thus, we hold the world in bondage to the ego thought system. It is held in place by the illusion of time, with the beginning and end of this thought system being death. The reason he says the world began with death is because God had to die if we were to exist. In other words, God had to give up His life for us to live. It is a belief we hold of "one or the other." Both can't exist in Oneness.
 
What is our source? Where did we come from? Jesus says, "Now the source of thought has shifted, for to change your mind means you have changed the source of all ideas you think or ever thought or yet will think." (W.132.2.2) Isn't it interesting to contemplate our source? How did we get here? The collision of egg and sperm is said to be the beginning of us, yet Jesus assures us, we are eternal and always have been. There is no beginning or end. "Perhaps you think you did not make the world, but came unwillingly to what was made already, hardly waiting for your thoughts to give it meaning. Yet in truth you found exactly what you looked for when you came." (W.132.4.4-5)
 
Don't we all have the experience of wondering what we are doing here? We may, as children, have said to our parents, "I didn't ask to be born." I certainly challenged my parents with this thought! I clearly believed it was not my choice to be born. I had thoughts of being a victim of my circumstances, thinking I had been placed in the wrong home. I did not feel like I belonged in this family. The fact is that we did choose to come. We chose all the circumstances of our lives. It is our dream. We are the dreamer and we write the script for the dream we choose to experience. A veil of amnesia fell across our minds when we arrived here. We wanted a home for our individuality and specialness and a separate self. We got the experience we wanted, which was a world that would prove that we are innocent victims of circumstances beyond us.
 
"There is no world apart from what you wish, and herein lies your ultimate release. Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly. Ideas leave not their source. This central theme is often stated in the text, and must be borne in mind if you would understand the lesson for today. It is not pride which tells you that you made the world you see, and that it changes as you change your mind ." (W.132.5.1-5) What an important paragraph! Our release lies in recognizing that the world is a projection of our minds. We read here and in the text, "Ideas leave not their source." (W.132.5.3) The guilt in the mind is projected out and now it is seen as forms in the world that we have come to believe are external realities.
 
Because we think the world exists as independent of our minds, it follows that we would think the cause of our problems comes from the world, which is acting upon us. In other words, we see the world as cause, and we are its effect. If this were the case, we could only be released from our pain if the world were to change in our favor. Fortunately for us, we have it all backward. The fact is that the world is an effect of our thoughts, but because those thoughts can be changed by choosing against the ego thought system, we have the power to change our perspective on the world. We have reversed cause and effect. The truth is our minds are the cause and the world is the effect. This requires looking at our thoughts and beliefs with great honesty, taking responsibility for everything that seems to happen to us, seeing it all started with our own thoughts, and being willing to bring them to the truth. This is the recognition that the world we see is nothing but ". . . the outside picture of an inward condition." (T.21.IN.1.5) (ACIM OE T.21.I.1) All it does is mirror to us what is unhealed within. Therefore, it is very helpful to our healing as a witness to what is in the mind.
 
We don't have power over what seems to be done to us, but we do have power over our thoughts. "The power of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world. You can decide to see it right." (T.12.VII.9.1-2) (ACIM OE T.11.VIII.70) When we experience the world attacking us, we have an opportunity to look within at our own self-attack, our unworthiness, our anger, and our guilt. When our minds are healed and our perception is free of guilt, we will see a benign world where there is no blame, attack, or pain. It is not about anything changing in our external world. There will be changes in our outward condition as the mind is healed, but more than that, our perception of everything will change. No matter what is happening, with our changed perception, we will only see everything as either love or a call for love. We can't see a guilty world without having guilt in the mind.
 
Jesus tells us that to believe there is a world outside our minds is arrogance. In other words, we insist that we know better than God. If the world is real, God must be responsible for the problems of the world. We think it is humble to proclaim that we could not have made the world. We think only God has that power. Jesus says it is humility to acknowledge we made the world. To believe there is a world outside our minds is to insist we are right about what reality is and what God is. How can there be a separate world if there is nothing outside the Mind of God, just as there is nothing outside our own minds? Ideas leave not their source! If the world were real, the reality of God's Oneness must have been destroyed. While Jesus assures us that we are powerful indeed, we don't have the power to change who we are as eternal beings or who God is. We can be truly thankful that we can't change the truth of what we are or our reality as One with God.
 
We come from the eternal and formless Mind of God and are made in His image. As we loosen our thoughts from all we think the world of form is, we become a channel of energy from this invisible field of love, which is our Source. All of us are God's Thoughts, individualized by our belief in separation from our Source. The only reason we don't live from this place of Oneness is because of our belief in separation and our investment in our false thoughts. Now we are called to question those thoughts and beliefs and recognize that we don't know anything; but as little children with beginning minds, we are willing to be taught. We are not what we have, what we do, what others think of us, separated from everyone else, and separated from God. We are a part of our Source. God is not apart from our minds.
 
Our real nature does not fit this world. Our false thoughts made this world. They can't be our real thoughts because we are told, "Yet if you are as God created you, you cannot think apart from Him, nor make what does not share His timelessness and Love." (W.132.11.1) Our real thoughts could not have made this world because the world is unlike God. There is no time and space in God's reality, and we are as God created us. Our reality is outside of time and space as well. Therefore, we do not even inhabit this world nor this body. Jesus says, "To free the world from every kind of pain is but to change your mind about yourself." (W.132.10.3)
 
When the student is ready to know the truth about themselves, "Their readiness will bring the lesson to them in some form which they can understand and recognize." (W.132.7.2) Some have come to this understanding through near-death experiences. Some have had experiences of a mystical nature, "And some will find it in this course, and in the exercises that we do today." (W.132.8.1) As we discover what we truly are by allowing love to move through us, we realize, increasingly, that the world of illusion is incompatible with the truth of what we are. Loosing the world is all about freeing ourselves from guilt through the Holy Spirit. As our thoughts are transformed, we transform the world. The world is simply the effect of our thoughts. "I loose the world from all I thought it was, and choose my own reality instead." (W.132.17.2) The one who chooses is the one this Course is aimed at. When we turn away from the voice of the ego and ask for help from Jesus, we are willing to be taught.
 
It is up to us to choose when we are ready to resign as our own authority, and instead, turn to the Holy Spirit. This means we must stay vigilant in watching our thoughts and in asking to be shown another way of seeing. This is what forgiveness is all about. It is about watching our thoughts and taking responsibility for our projections. Every grievance, every expectation, every wish, every plan, every worry, frustration, and anxiety, when seen, can be released. We can let our minds be changed, quietly, when we are ready, and it does not matter where and when this happens. We might be on our deathbed, in prison, in a holiday resort, at our workplace, or in our homes. We do not have to try to escape our current situation. The setting is irrelevant. It is the decision that is important. When we bring our illusions to the truth, our thoughts are healed. When we let go of our grievances, then peace, and joy prevail.
 
The world of time---of past, present, and future---does not exist. It is the present that ". . . now remains the only time" (W.132.3.1) where the healing takes place. "Here in the present is the world set free. For as you let the past be lifted and release the future from your ancient fears, you find escape and give it to the world." (W.132.3.2-3)
 
Our experiences of release, of peace and of joy, convince us of the reality of our Source, and the recognition that we did not create ourselves. We are not our own source. Remember that the focus today is not on denying the reality of the world or simply dismissing it as illusion but looking instead at what we are projecting onto it and seeing how we are defending ourselves against perceived dangers.
 
What do we want to believe about ourselves today? What is real? The ego? The body? Or do we accept our Identity as God created us? We get constant affirmation from the world of who we are as separate individuals, but this is about the false self. Our Being is not what the world has affirmed about us. What we have come to believe about ourselves, as a result of past conditioning, is completely false. Isn't this a liberating idea? Yet it is also an idea that brings up fear and resistance, which we need to be aware of and bring forth for healing. Remember that courage and honesty are needed to be willing to look at all our false perceptions. As we do this healing work today, ". . . healing comes to many brothers across the world, as well as to the ones you see nearby, as you send out these thoughts to bless the world." (W.132.16.1) We are still in God. We have never left our Source. It is not an easy concept to get, yet Jesus says when we get it, we will know our own reality. Whenever we have the experience today of feeling victimized by something or someone outside of ourselves or we feel distressed, it is a trigger for us to notice we are looking outside ourselves to feel better.
 
"I who remain as God created me would loose the world from all I thought it was. For I am real because the world is not, and I would know my own reality." (W.132.15.2-3) "Then merely rest, alert but with no strain, and let your mind in quietness be changed so that the world is freed, along with you." (W.132.15.4.1) This requires stopping, looking, and bringing our thoughts to the light of truth.

Love and blessings, Sarah
  A Course in Miracles
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ACIM Original Edition
Chapter Twelve

The Problem of Guilt  

   Voice and Music by Martin Weber, CIMS SonShip Radio

I. Introduction         

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The ultimate purpose of projection, as the ego uses it, is always to get rid of guilt. Yet, characteristically, the ego attempts to get rid of guilt from its viewpoint only, for much as the ego wants to retain guilt, you find it intolerable, since guilt stands in the way of your remembering God, Whose pull is so strong that you cannot resist it. On this issue, then, the deepest split of all occurs, for if you are to retain guilt, as the ego insists, you cannot be you. Only by persuading you that it is you could the ego possibly induce you to project guilt and thereby keep it in your mind.
 
2 Yet consider how strange a solution the ego's arrangement is. You project guilt to get rid of it, but you are actually merely concealing it. You do experience guilt feelings, but you have no idea why. On the contrary, you associate them with a weird assortment of ego ideals which the ego claims you have failed. Yet you have no idea that you are failing the Son of God by seeing him as guilty. Believing you are no longer you, you do not realize that you are failing yourself.

II. Crucifixion by Guilt   
 
3 The darkest of your hidden cornerstones holds your belief in guilt from your awareness. For in that dark and secret place is the realization that you have betrayed God's Son by condemning him to death. You do not even suspect this murderous but insane idea lies hidden there, for the ego's destructive urge is so intense that nothing short of the crucifixion of God's Son can ultimately satisfy it. It does not know who the Son of God is because it is blind. Yet let it perceive guiltlessness anywhere, and it will try to destroy it because it is afraid.
 
4 Much of the ego's strange behavior is directly attributable to its definition of guilt. To the ego, the guiltless are guilty. Those who do not attack are its "enemies" because, by not valuing its interpretation of salvation, they are in an excellent position to let it go. They have approached the darkest and deepest cornerstone in the ego's foundation, and while the ego can withstand your raising all else to question, it guards this one secret with its life, for its existence does depend on keeping this secret. So it is this secret that we must look upon calmly, for the ego cannot protect you against truth, and in its presence the ego is dispelled.
 
5 In the calm light of truth, let us recognize that you believe you have crucified God's Son. You have not admitted to this "terrible" secret because you still wish to crucify him if you could find him. Yet the wish has hidden him from you because it is very fearful, and you are afraid to find him. You have handled this wish to kill yourself by not knowing who you are and identifying with something else. You have projected guilt blindly and indiscriminately, but you have not uncovered its source. For the ego does want to kill you, and if you identify with it, you must believe its goal is yours.
 
6 We once said that the crucifixion is the symbol of the ego. When it was confronted with the real guiltlessness of God's Son, it did attempt to kill him, and the reason it gave was that guiltlessness is blasphemous to God. To the ego the ego is god, and guiltlessness must be interpreted as the final guilt which fully justifies murder. You do not yet understand that all your fear of this course stems ultimately from this interpretation, but if you will consider your reactions to it, you will become increasingly convinced that this is so.
 
7 This course has explicitly stated that its goal for you is happiness and peace. Yet you are afraid of it. You have been told again and again that it will make you free, yet you react as if it is trying to imprison you. Most of the time you dismiss it, but you do not dismiss the ego's thought system. You have seen its results and you still lack faith in it. You must, then, believe that by not learning the course, you are protecting yourself. And you do not realize that it is only your guiltlessness which can protect you.
 
8 The Atonement has always been interpreted as the release from guilt, and this is correct if it is understood. Yet even when I have interpreted it for you, you have rejected it and have not accepted it for yourself. You have recognized the futility of the ego and its offerings, but though you do not want the ego, you do not look upon the alternative with gladness. You are afraid of redemption, and you believe it will kill you. Make no mistake about the depth of your fear. For you believe that in the presence of truth you will turn on yourself and destroy yourself.
 
9 Little children, this is not so. Your "guilty secret" is nothing, and if you will but bring it to the light, the light will dispel it. And then no dark cloud will remain between you and the remembrance of your Father, for you will remember His guiltless Son, who did not die, because he is immortal. And you will see that you were redeemed with him and have never been separated from him. In this understanding lies your remembering, for it is the recognition of love without fear. There will be great joy in Heaven on your homecoming, and the joy will be yours. For the redeemed son of man is the guiltless Son of God, and to recognize him is your redemption.
 
 
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