PART II. SECTION 6: WHAT IS THE CHRIST?
Lesson 278 If I Am Bound, My Father Is Not Free.
- If I accept that I am prisoner within a body, in a world in which all things that seem to live appear to die, then is my Father prisoner with me. And this do I believe when I maintain the laws the world obeys that I must obey; the frailties and the sins which I perceive are real and cannot be escaped. If I am bound in any way, I do not know my Father nor my Self. And I am lost to all reality. For truth is free, and what is bound is not a part of truth.
- Father, I ask for nothing but the truth. I have had many foolish thoughts about myself and my creation and have brought a dream of fear into my mind. Today I would not dream. I choose the way to You instead of madness and instead of fear. For truth is safe, and only love is sure.
Dear Heavenly Father, I will no longer accept as my reality that I am this body or that my Self is held prisoner in this bloody mound of clay. I no longer believe that You would place Your Son in a world where visions of pain, suffering, and death are sources of delight and entertainment. This dream of separation would substitute the reality of Your Love and Kingdom for a nightmare of infirmity, imprisonment, and certain death. How could I ever find You in such a world? How could You Who are perfect, loving, kind, and true create such a place to raise Your Son? If I would believe such a thing, I could do nothing but turn my back upon You and deny my Father and my self out of sheer and utter fear and loathing. Thank You, Father, for the truth, the truth that sets us free and releases us from false belief in the nightmare world.
Today we ask for nothing but the truth! The ego gives us multi-varied theories about ourselves and our creation. Who are we? Where did we come from? What is the purpose of our being? Enquiring minds down through recorded history ask these questions of their priests, prophets, seers, shamans, and scientists. There are thousands upon thousands of paths to follow to the truth – every religion upon the face of the earth has a slightly different take on their gospels; scientists have their theories; shamans have their mind-expanding drugs and alternate realities.
Today, however, we want to pass through the mists of dogma, theory,
magic, and dreams. We ask for the truth.
We want to get past all the tripe that would distract and keep us
bound. We want to be released from lies
and illusions. We want to wake from our
stupor of separation. Today we choose to
walk the path of love. Today we awake to
truth. We are Sons of God, made in the
likeness of our Father, and in Him, we find our home.
 A Course in Miracles/Workbook for Students/If I am bound…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 435