45 Remember that the Holy Spirit is the
Answer, not the question. The ego always speaks first because it is capricious and does
not mean its maker well. That is because it believes, and correctly, that its maker may withdraw his support from it at any moment. If it meant you well, it would be glad, as the Holy Spirit will be glad when He has brought you home, and you no longer need His guidance. The ego does not regard itself as
part of you. Herein lies its primary perceptual error, the foundation of its whole thought system.
46 When God created you, He made you part of Him. That is why attack
within the Kingdom is impossible.
You made the ego without love, and so it does not love
you. You could not remain
within the Kingdom without love, and since the Kingdom is love, you believe that you are
without it. This enables the ego to regard itself as separate and
outside its maker, thus speaking for the part of your mind that believes you are separate and outside the Mind of God. The ego, then, raised the first question that was ever asked, but one which it can never answer. That question, "What are you?" was the beginning of doubt.
47 The ego has never answered
any questions since, although it has raised a great many. The most inventive activities of the ego have never done more than
obscure the question, because you
have the answer and
the ego is afraid of you. You cannot understand the conflict until you fully understand one basic fact that the ego does
not know. The Holy Spirit does not speak first,
but He always answers. Everyone has called upon Him for help at one time or another and in one way or another
and has been answered. Since the Holy Spirit answers truly, He answers
for all time, which means that everyone has the answer
48 The ego cannot hear the Holy Spirit, but it
does believe that part of the same mind that made it is
against it. It interprets this as a justification for
attacking its maker. It believes that the best defense
is attack and
wants you to believe it. Unless you
do believe it you will not side with it, and the ego feels badly in need of allies though
not of brothers. Perceiving something alien to itself in your mind, the ego turns to the body,
not the mind, as its ally, because the body is
not part of you. This makes the body the ego's friend. It is an alliance frankly based on separation. If you
side with this alliance, you
will be afraid because you are siding with an alliance of fear.
49 The ego and the body conspire
against your minds, and because the ego realizes that its "enemy"
can end them both merely by knowing they are
not part of him, they join in the attack together. This is perhaps the strangest perception of all if you consider what it really involves. The ego, which is
not real, attempts to persuade the mind, which
is real, that the mind is its own learning device and that the learning device is more real than
it is. No one in his right mind could
possibly believe this, and no one in his right mind
does believe it.
50 Hear then the
one answer of the Holy Spirit to
all the questions which the ego raises. You are a Child of God, a priceless part of His Kingdom, which He created as part of Him. Nothing else exists, and
only this is real. You have chosen a sleep in which you have had bad dreams, but the sleep is not real, and God calls you to awake. There will be nothing left of your dream when you hear Him because you
will be awake. Your dreams have contained many of the ego's symbols, and they have confused you. Yet that was only because you were asleep
and did not know. When you awake, you will see the truth around you and in you, and you will no longer believe in dreams because they will have no reality for you.
51 Yet the Kingdom and all that you have created there will have great reality for you because they are beautiful and true. In the Kingdom, where you are and what you are is perfectly certain. There is no doubt there because the first question was never asked. Having finally been wholly answered,
it has never been. Being alone lives in the Kingdom, where everything lives in God without question. The time that was spent on questioning in the dream has given way to creation and to its eternity.
You are as certain as God because you are as true as He is, but what was once quite certain in your minds has become only the
ability for certainty. The introduction of abilities into being was the beginning of
uncertainty because abilities are potentials,
not accomplishments. Your abilities are totally useless in the presence of God's accomplishments and also of yours. Accomplishments are results which
have been achieved. When they are perfect, abilities are meaningless. It is curious that the perfect must now be perfected. In fact, it is impossible. You must remember, however, that when you put yourselves in an impossible situation, you believed that the impossible
53 Abilities must be
developed, or you cannot use them. This is not true of anything that God created, but it is the kindest solution possible to what
you have made. In an impossible situation, you can develop your abilities to the point where they can
get you out of it. You have a Guide to how to develop them, but you have no
commander except yourself. This leaves
you in charge of the Kingdom with both a Guide to
find it and a means to
keep it. You have a model to follow who will
strengthen your command and never detract from it in any way. You therefore retain the central place in your perceived enslavement, a fact which
itself demonstrates that you are
54 You are in an impossible situation only because you thought it was possible to be in one. You
would be in an impossible situation if God showed you your perfection and
proved to you that you were wrong. This would demonstrate that the perfect were inadequate to bring
themselves to the awareness of their perfection and thus side with the belief that those who have everything need help and are therefore helpless. This is the kind of "reasoning" which the ego engages in, but God, Who
knows that His creations are perfect, does
not insult them. This would be as impossible as the ego's notion that
it has insulted
55 That is why the Holy Spirit
never commands. To command is to assume
inequality, which the Holy Spirit demonstrates does not exist. Fidelity to premises is a law of mind, and everything God created is faithful to His laws. Fidelity to other laws is also possible, however, not because the laws are true, but because
you made them. What would be gained if God proved to you that you have thought insanely? Can God lose His own certainty? We have frequently stated that what you teach you
are. Would you have God teach you that you have sinned? If He confronted the self you made with the truth He created for you, what could you be but afraid? You would doubt your sanity, which is the one thing in which you can
find the sanity He gave you.
56 God does not teach. To teach is to imply a lack, which God
knows is not there. God is not conflicted. Teaching aims at change, but God created only the changeless. The separation was not a loss of perfection but a failure in communication. A harsh and strident form of communication arose as the ego's voice. It could not shatter the peace of God, but it
yours. God did not blot it out because to eradicate it would be to attack it. Being questioned, He did not question. He merely gave the Answer. His Answer is your Teacher.