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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 6: The Lessons of Love

II:  The Alternative to Projection 1-8

1. Any split in mind must involve a rejection of part of it, and this is the belief in separation. The wholeness of God, which is His peace, cannot be appreciated except by a whole mind that recognizes the wholeness of God’s creation. By this recognition it knows its Creator. Exclusion and separation are synonymous, as are separation and dissociation. We have said before that the separation was and is dissociation, and that once that occurs projection becomes its main defense, or the device that keeps it going. The reason, however, may not be so obvious as you think.

2. What you project you disown, and therefore do not believe is yours. You are excluding yourself by the very judgment that you are different from the one on whom you project. Since you have also judged against what you project, you continue to attack it because you continue to keep it separated. By doing this unconsciously, you try to keep the fact that you attacked yourself out of awareness, and thus imagine that you have made yourself safe.

3. Yet projection will always hurt you. It reinforces your belief in your own split mind and its only purpose is to keep the separation going. It is solely a device of the ego to make you feel different from your brothers and separated from them. The ego justifies this on the grounds that it makes you seem better than they are, thus obscuring your equality with them still further. Projection and attack are inevitably related because projection is always a means of justifying attack. Anger without projection is impossible. The ego uses projection only to destroy your perception of both yourself and your brothers. The process begins by excluding something that existed in you but which you do not want and leads directly to excluding you from your brothers.   

4. We have learned, however, that there is an alternative to projection. Every ability of the ego has a better use, because its abilities are directed by the mind, which has a better Voice. The Holy Spirit extends and the ego projects as their goals are opposed, so is the result.

5. The Holy Spirit begins by perceiving you as perfect. Knowing this perfection is shared He recognizes it in others, thus strengthening it in both. Instead of anger this arouses love because it establishes inclusion. Perceiving equality, the Holy Spirit perceives equal needs. This invites Atonement automatically because Atonement is the one need in this world that is universal. To perceive yourself this way is the only way in which you can find happiness in the world.  That is because it is the acknowledgement that you are not in this world, for the world is unhappy.

6. How else can you find joy in a joyless place except by realizing that you are not there? You cannot be anywhere God did not put you, and God created you as part of Him. That is both where you are and what you are. It is completely unalterable. It is total inclusion. You cannot change it now or ever. It is forever true. It is not a belief, but a Fact. Anything that God created is as true as He is. Its truth lies only in its perfect inclusion in Him who alone is perfect. To deny this is to deny yourself and Him, since it is impossible to accept one without the other.  

7. Perfect equality of the Holy Spirit’s perception is the reflection of the perfect equality of God’s knowing. The ego’s perception has no counterpart in God, but the Holy Spirit remains the bridge between perception and knowledge. By enabling you to use perception in a way that reflects knowledge, you will ultimately remember it. The ego would prefer to believe that this memory is impossible, yet it is your perception the Holy Spirit guides. Your perception will end where it began. Everything meets in God because everything was created by Him and in Him.

8. God created His Sons by extending His Thought and retaining the extensions of His Thoughts in His mind. All His Thoughts are thus perfectly united within themselves and with each other.  The Holy Spirit enables you to perceive this wholeness now. God created you to create.  You cannot extend His Kingdom until you know of its wholeness. [1]

In today’s text reading, Jesus gives us a deeper understanding of the split mind, projection, which is ego’s main defense, and a blessed alternative to projection given to us by Holy Spirit.  In this realm, we see each other as separate and distinct, rather than one and the same with and in Creation.  In choosing separation we chose exclusion – because they are one and the same.  It is in dissociation with Creation where projection comes to raise its ugly head.  It is the serpent in the garden so to speak. Projection turns us upon one another and keeps us turned against each other.

It may seem that we have good reasons to cast the blame for our unhappiness and lack of peace on others.  But what we project we disown.  In the Garden myth we have Eve who listened to the suggestions of the serpent rather than to the Voice for God and yet, she disowns responsibility.  Instead of acknowledging that she listened to another voice and asked for more than everything she could possibly ever want or need, she projected her mistake on to something outside of herself.  She said it was the serpent’s fault.  Instead of seeing herself as one with Creation, she decides to unload her mistakes upon something else.  She dissociates from her mistake, and she teaches Adam to do the same.  In judging against another, they judged against Creation.  We judge against and attack Creation when we listen to the wrong voice, then fail to acknowledge our mistake, and blame others.  By doing this we blindly believe that we are safe as long as the negative attention, the blame and shame of it, is on someone or something else. 

In a personal example, I spent years trying to “get over” my childhood only to either repeat the mistakes of the abusers or make just as many mistakes in my efforts to be unlike them!  As long as I judged against my mother, for example, I continued to attack her.  Even though I loved her, provided her with a home and tender care when she became feeble, and wept in deep sorrow when she passed from this world, I blamed her and held harsh attitudes toward her.  When I attacked her in my thoughts, my unforgiveness toward her for childhood abuses, my bitter attitudes about her irrational and terroristic religious beliefs, I may have thought I was protecting myself from her, that I was safe.  But nope.  My judgmental and unforgiving thoughts toward her hurt me and left me wide open to repeat the same or even worse mistakes with those I loved.  No matter how much I prayed, read scripture, or tried to follow Jesus, I denied myself joy and continued to hurt others. 

Projection always hurts the one who is projecting.  It is an ego device which is designed to keep the separation going, to keep us from seeing ourselves as one.  Projection makes us feel superior to the one we blame, which obscures our mutuality and similarity.  When we project, we attack in our thoughts, words, and deeds because when we cast the blame on others, we justify attacking them.  Any love and goodwill we have toward those we blame and hold accountable will be polluted and perverted with anger.  Projection takes all the goodness, beauty, tenderness and warmth between the created and makes the indecent, ugly, mean, unpleasant, and cold. 

Jesus tells us that the process of projection starts out by rejecting something we do not like about own story and ends in removing ourselves from any sense of relationship with those we choose to blame. The separation and dissociation which results sustain the ego and extends the need for time.

Happily, our minds have not been turned over entirely to the ego – God has implanted in each one of us, Holy Spirit, the Voice for God, Who has a better use for every device of the ego.  While the goal of the ego is to project sin, guilt, and shame, driving us apart and keeping us separate, the goal of Holy Spirit is to promote love, peace, joy and wholeness, unifying Creation and restoring knowledge.

Holy Spirit’s alternative to projection begins by letting us perceive our own perfection.  Holy Spirit shares God’s Will of our perfection and helps us recognize God’s Will of perfection in others.  When we recognize our own perfection and see it in others, we strengthen the Vision of Christ.  A deep, abiding love and appreciation is aroused in our minds for ourselves and for others.  We see our oneness, we see the ways in which we are alike, we recognize our equality, we perceive our mutual need for mercy, for correction, for awakening to the truth of God’s Love.

When we perceive perfection in one another, rather than projecting shame and blame, we welcome Atonement. Atonement undoes the ego and the works of the ego.  To recognize our perfection is to recognize ourselves not as humans, not as flesh and blood, but as part of the Sonship of God. Until we perceive ourselves as mutually perfect, as mutually worthy, as mutually forgiven and corrected of all that could never be, we will not find happiness in the world.  For until we see ourselves as Sons of God, we will think we are human, we will identify with flesh and blood, we will feel persecuted, we will cast blame, and we will believe that we are of a world that is not equitable, not fully loving, joyful, or peaceful. 

When we refuse to project, we commit to believing only the best about each other.  This is what we perceive, this is what we talk about, this is what we allow in our minds, and this is what we offer one another.  As we extend Holy Spirit’s perfection to our husbands and wives, our partners, our children, our grandchildren, our brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends, we do it for all.  We refuse to let one evil thought mar the perfection of the Sonship of God.  We welcome Atonement to correct all mistakes; we give no place in our minds for the ego or the results of the ego’s doing.  We see ourselves as One. We offer only what we want for ourselves.

When we accept our identity in perfection, we remove our identities from the unhappy world of flesh and blood.  God created us as part of Him and we cannot change our perfection, whether we believe in it or not.  We are the Will of God, and that is a fact!  When Jesus said that we are to be perfect even as He is perfect, He essentially said, “ Accept Holy Spirit’s judgment which is for you and not the ego’s judgment which is always against you.”  For we could never be perfect in the flesh!

In paragraph seven, Jesus emphasizes how the perception of Holy Spirit reflects the perfect equality of knowing God.  The ego’s perception has no counterpart in God for ego cannot know oneness or relate to unity in any way.  Holy Spirit enables us to perceive the things of God by reflecting the knowledge of God in ways which we can relate to and understand from this realm.  As we practice thinking with Holy Spirit all memory of our Sonship comes back to us no matter how the ego tries to deny the possibility. 

Our old perceptions of victimhood, of sin and shame, projection and separation, heaven for some, hell for the many ends where Holy Spirit’s perception of us begins.  Jesus tells us that Everything meets in God because Everything was created by Him and in Him.  Holy Spirit lets us perceive this wholeness now.  God created us to be co-creators with Him, to extend His Kingdom.  We can only do this when Holy Spirit enables us to experience, to know His Kingdom in its completeness, to accept our perfection now. 

We will end today’s text reading with paragraph eight and complete the final paragraphs of “The Alternative to Projection” section tomorrow.  Today in your devotional practice invite Holy Spirit’s judgment of you into your awareness.  Accept your perfection and share perfection even as Christ is perfect, for it is in our perfection, our worthiness, our shared Sonship that we complete and extend God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 6 The lessons of love. II The alternative to projection 1-8. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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