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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 7: The Gifts of the Kingdom

VI: From Vigilance to Peace 7-13

7. If you will keep in mind what the Holy Spirit offers you, you cannot be vigilant for anything but God and His Kingdom. The only reason you may find this hard to accept is because you may still think that there is something else. Belief does not require vigilance unless it is conflicted. If it is, there are conflicting components within it that have led to a state of war, and vigilance has therefore become essential. Vigilance has no place in peace. It is necessary against beliefs that are not true and would never have been called upon by the Holy Spirit if you had not believed the untrue. When you believe something, you have made it true for you. When you believe what God does not know, your thoughts seems to contradict His, and this makes it appear as if you are attacking Him.

8.  I have repeatedly emphasized that the ego does believe it can attack God and tries to persuade you that you have done this.  If the mind cannot attack, the ego proceeds perfectly logically to the belief that you must be a body. By not seeing you as you are, it can see itself as it wants to be. Aware of its weakness the ego wants your allegiance, but not as you really are. The ego therefore wants to engage your mind in its own delusional system, because otherwise the light of your understanding would dispel it. It wants no part of truth because the ego itself is not true. If truth is total, the untrue cannot exist. Commitment to either must be total; they cannot coexist in your mind without splitting it. If they cannot coexist in peace, and if you want peace, you must give up the idea of conflict entirely and for all time. This requires vigilance only as long as you do not recognize what is true. While you believe that two totally contradictory thought systems share truth, your need for vigilance is apparent.

9. Your mind is dividing its allegiance between two kingdoms, and you are totally committed to neither. Your identification with the Kingdom is totally beyond question except by you when you are thinking insanely.  What you are is not established by your perception and is not influenced by it at all. Perceived problems in identification at any level are not problems of fact. They are problems of understanding, since their presence implies a belief that what you are is up to you to decide. The ego believes this totally, being fully committed to it. It is not true. The ego therefore is totally committed to untruth, perceiving in total contradiction to the Holy Spirit, and to the knowledge of God.

10. You can be perceived with meaning only by the Holy Spirit because your being is the knowledge of God. Any belief you accept apart from this will obscure God’s Voice in you and will therefore obscure God to you. Unless you perceive His creation truly you cannot know the Creator, since God and His creation are not separate. The oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity, and your limitless power. This limitless power is God’s gift to you because it is what you are. If you dissociate your mind from it you are perceiving the most powerful force in the universe as if it were weak, because you do not believe you are part of it.

11. Perceived without your part in it, God’s creation is seen as weak, and those who see themselves as weakened do attack. The attack must be blind, however, because there is nothing to attack. Therefore, they make up images, perceive them as unworthy, and attack them for their unworthiness. That is all the world of the ego is. Nothing. It has no meaning. It does not exist. Do not try to understand it because, if you do, you are believing that it can be understood and is therefore capable of being appreciated and loved. That would justify its existence, which cannot be justified. You cannot make the meaningless meaningful. This can only be an insane attempt.

12. Allowing insanity to enter your mind means that you have not judged sanity as wholly desirable. If you want something else you will make something else, but because it is something else, it will attack your thought system and divide your allegiance. You cannot create in this divided state, and you must be vigilant against this divided state because only peace can be extended.  Your divided mind is blocking the extension of the Kingdom, and its extension is your joy. If you do not extend the Kingdom, you are not thinking with your Creator and creating as He created.

13. In this depressing state the Holy Spirit reminds you gently that you are sad because you are not fulfilling your function as co-creator with God and are therefore depriving yourself of joy. This is not God’s choice but yours. If your mind could be out of accord with God’s, you would be willing without meaning.  Yet because God’s Will is unchangeable, no conflict of will is possible.  This is the Holy Spirit’s perfectly consistent teaching.  Creation, not separation, is your will because it is God’s, and nothing that opposes this means anything at all. Being a perfect accomplishment, the Sonship can only accomplish perfectly, extending the joy in which it was created, and identifying itself with both its Creator and its creations, knowing they are one. [1]

When we keep our mind on the peace Holy Spirit offers us, that is all we want – for this is what we are inf God and His Kingdom.  As long as we cherish even the smallest of grudges, hold on to our resentment, and enjoy shame, blame, and projection, we will have not met the conditions of God and His Kingdom.  Until we learn the value of peace over any desire for or tolerance for conflict of any kind, we will need vigilance, we will need practice, we will have to learn the value of peace.

When we have opportunities designed for conflict, we will keep in mind the peace of God and His Kingdom.  We will do our best to choose the peaceful response.  We will avoid conflict by choosing honesty, reason, and attack non-attack.  We would not have to even think about this if we had not believed that fighting and hating and building cases against each other was okay.  When we fail to keep our minds aligned with peace, we will attack others instead of loving them, and when we attack others instead of love them, we will be contradicting the love and peace of God. 

If we want peace, we must give up all that would contradict peace.  This requires vigilance because we live in a human form in a physical world where peace may be discussed quite a bit, but not truly taught, practiced, or understood.  The ego’s pretense of offering peace comes in the form of wars, blame, boundaries, threats, treaties, law and order, and complicated agreements.  It does not work.  Holy Spirit teaches that we find our true selves only in peace as a condition of God and His Kingdom.  Our true selves value peace, love peace, practice peace, have peace, to become Peace itself. 

The ego is totally committed to that which divides, causes fear, and makes war – not peace.  Ego perceives every person, every relationship, every encounter and every interaction in total contradiction to Holy Spirit.  The ego offers us a different identity than the one we have in God.  When we think with our ego, we think that it is up to us to decide what we are.  We think that it is us against Creation.  The ego thrives on conflict and offers us a multitude of contradictions to the knowledge of God’s peace, His love, His joy.  The ego exists on the fiction of our false identities, making us not one and complete, but shattered and splintered and uncertain about who and what we are, where we came from, and where we belong. 

Only Holy Spirit perceives us with meaning because our being is in knowing God and His Attributes, His Creations, His Kingdom as one.  We are created to be God’s Peace, God’s Love, God’s Joy, God’s Will.  We cannot be separated from God for He created us as one with Him and the Kingdom.  As long as we perceive ourselves as separated we perceive ourselves as flesh and blood, as being vulnerable to attack, to limitations, to thievery, and injustice of every kind.  Our vigilance in the insane dream reminds us of the limitless power that is ours as God’s Will.  Practicing vigilance for peace, we remember the most powerful force in the universe is ours.  Not practicing vigilance for peace we will forget the most powerful force in the universe is ours and instead engage in the petty, meaningless, time-extending conflicts of the world, shouting and cursing, calling names, and pointing fingers. 

Forgetting who we are and what we about, we will attack because we will feel all alone, weak, and defenseless.  The world according to the ego is a place that warrants attack because it is a world of unworthy images, of lies, of deceit, betrayals, and chaos.  Ego’s world has no meaning.  There is no truth.  It is not real.  We are not to try to understand that which is not love, peace, and joy because to try to understand fear, hatred, war, suffering, and despair would seem to justify it by making it worthy of study.  It is basically insane to attempt to give meaning to that which has none. 

In our lives, this means we do not try to resolve conflict by trying to lay blame on who said what or who started it first.  We do not delve into someone’s past and make excuses for them or for ourselves.  We do not try to understand the ego by blaming childhood trauma or the devil or a poor diet or education.  We do not punish, threaten, or draw up a list of commandments.  We are simply vigilant for peace, for joy, for love.

Our minds are spirit.  We do not allow thoughts of anything that opposes peace to enter it for this would be asking for insanity.  Insanity cannot attack the Peace of God, but it does attack our belief system and divides our allegiance to God’s Kingdom.  We cannot extend love; we cannot extend peace; we cannot extend joy when our allegiances are divided.  Love and peace and joy are the attributes of God in which we were created and in which His Will creates through us.  Minds which are in conflict cannot extend His Kingdom, and extending His Kingdom is our function, it is what brings us joy, it is what gives our lives meaning! 

Without a sense of purpose and meaning, we are dispirited, we are depressed, we are despondent.  We are not co-creating with God when we are not extending the virtues of His Kingdom and we simply will find no fulfillment in anything but this.  This has nothing to do with God, but all to do with the decision we make when we choose against any part of God’s creation. 

Welcome the Holy Spirit’s gentle reminders that our despondency comes from not extending the virtues of God – by extending love, peace, and joy, we are co-creating with God, fulfilling our function and it is in this alone where we find our meaning.   Our mind cannot be out of accord with God and have any meaning at all!  This is the consistent teaching of Holy Spirit – it is creation and not separation which is our will because it is God’s Will and nothing that opposes God’s Will has any meaning at all.  This seems so obvious to us once we learn it, but until we learn this truth by practicing it, following the principles, and experiencing the liberation from conflict that it brings, we will be tempted to think that we can find meaning elsewhere!   

The Creations of God create by extending the virtues of God in which they were created.  As part of the Sonship of God, we identify not with flesh and blood, not with the ego, not with the fiction of the alternate kingdom, but with God and all of Creation, knowing that we are one with God and His Kingdom.  As Sons of God in human form we teach peace to learn peace, to have peace, with due diligence we stand guard against any lies or half truths that would contradict our function and obscure our meaning.  Vigilance for God and His Kingdom is a must until we become Peace, for as Peace we are a perfect accomplishment extending all of the attributes of God, for we are One. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 7 The gifts of the kingdom VI From vigilance to peace. 7-13. 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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