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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 11 God or the Ego

IV. The Inheritance of God’s Son

  1. Never forget that the Sonship is your salvation, for the Sonship is your Self.  As God’s creation It is yours and belonging to you It is His.  Your Self does not need salvation, but your mind needs to learn what salvation is.  You are not saved from anything, but you are saved for glory.  Glory is your inheritance, given you by your Creator that you might extend it.  Yet if you hate part of your Self, all your understanding is lost, because you are looking on what God created as yourself without love.  And since what He created is part of Him, you are denying Him His place in His Own altar.
  2. Could you try to make God homeless and know that you are at home? Can the son deny the Father without believing that the Father has denied him? God’s laws hold only for your protection, and they never hold in vain. What you experience when you deny your Father is still for your protection, for the power of your will cannot be lessened without the intervention of God against it, and any limitation on your power is not the will of God. Therefore, look only to the power that God gave to save you, remembering that it is yours because it is His, and join with your brothers in His peace.
  3. Your peace lies in its limitlessness. Limit the peace you share, and your Self must be unknown to you. Every altar to God is part of you because the light He created is one with Him. Would you cut off a brother from the light that is yours? You would not do so if you realized that you can darken only your own mind. As you bring him back, so will you return. That is the law of God, for the protection of the wholeness of His Son.
  4. Only you can deprive yourself of anything. Do not oppose this realization, for it is truly the beginning of the dawn of light. Remember also that the denial of this simple fact takes many forms, and these you must learn to recognize and to oppose steadfastly without exception.  This is a crucial step in the reawakening.  The beginning phases of this reversal are often quite painful, for as blame is withdrawn from without, there is a strong tendency to harbor it within.  It is difficult at first to realize that this is exactly the same thing, for there is no distinction between within and without.
  5. If your brothers are part of you and you blame them for your deprivation, you are blaming yourself. And you cannot blame yourself without blaming them. That is why blame must be undone, not seen elsewhere. Lay it to yourself and you cannot know yourself, for only the ego blames at all. Self-blame is therefore ego identification, and as much an ego defense as blaming others. You cannot enter God’s presence if you attack His Son. When His Son lifts his voice in praise of his Creator, he will hear the Voice for his Father.  Yet the Creator cannot be praised without His Son, for their glory is shared and they are glorified together.
  6. Christ is at God’s altar, waiting to welcome His Son. But come wholly without condemnation, for otherwise you will believe that the door is barred, and you cannot enter. The door is not barred, and it is impossible that you cannot enter the place where God would have you be. But love yourself with the love of Christ, for so does your Father love you. You can refuse to enter, but you cannot bar the door that Christ holds open. Come unto me who hold it open for you, for while I live it cannot be shut, and I live forever. God is my life and yours, and nothing is denied by God to His Son.
  7. At God’s altar Christ waits for the restoration of Himself in you. God knows His Son as wholly blameless as Himself, and He is approached through the appreciation of His Son. Christ waits for your acceptance of Him as yourself, and of His Wholeness as yours. For Christ is the Son of God, who lives in His Creator and shines with His glory. Christ is the extension of the Love and the Loveliness of God as perfect as His Creator and at peace with Him.
  8. Blessed is the Son of God whose radiance is of his Father, and whose glory he wills to share as his Father shares it with him. There is no condemnation in the Son, for there is no condemnation in the Father.  Sharing the perfect Love of the Father the Son must share what belongs to Him, for otherwise he will not know the Father or the Son.  Peace be unto you who rest in God, and in whom the whole Sonship rests.[1]

We are to look with love on all parts of the Sonship – love for God created all.  If we deny love to any part, we are denying God.  It is not for us to divide up Creation into who is worthy and who is not.  In our hearts and in our minds, no matter what the situation, we are called to lay aside our personal judgments and condemnations against those whom we despise or against those who have hurt us and know that they belong to God as we belong to God, to accept that God loves them no more and no less than God loves us. 

When we deny our brothers a place in the Sonship, we deny God and we will perceive that God denies us.  This bit of unpleasantness, this dark valley in which we find ourselves when we lift ourselves up against the Sonship and therefore deny God is for our protection.  Any sense of chastisement we feel from God is not punishment, it is correction.  We are to use only the power that God gave us to save us, not the powers of the dark companions which call forth spite and vengeance and separation from our brother and from our God.  God shares His power with us, not to go to war against others, to lift ourselves above others, to judge and condemn, but to join others in peace. 

We are to give peace to all for if we deny peace to any part of the Sonship, we will never know who and what we are in God.  The light in me is the same light that is in you for it is part of God.  No matter how batty you think I am personally, you must never cut me off from your light for this will only darken your mind.  No matter how different from me I think you are, I must never cut you off from my light for this will only darken my own mind.  When we hold only loving and peaceful thoughts toward all, as we bring all our brothers before God as one, no matter how vile, confused, uncertain, and undeserving our egos would judge them to be, we bring ourselves back to God.  This is His law, and it is for the protection of wholeness and completeness.  It is for the protection of all.  Nobody is left behind. 

To awaken to Christ within, we must accept full responsibility for any sense of deprivation that we experience.  We must learn to recognize and stand firm against any suggestion that we have been victimized, that we were helpless, and others came in and took advantage, that other people used their power against us, or that we were born with a curse from previous generations.  The only one that can deprive me of anything is myself; the only one that can deprive you of anything is you.  This may seem hard to take.  Especially for those of us who were abused as children, who were denied access to freedom and liberty, who were beaten, robbed, and raped. 

Jesus is not saying it is our fault.  Jesus is not telling us that we are to blame ourselves for the rotten things that have happened to us.  He is simply telling us to step away from the blame game.  To stop depriving ourselves of reality, to recognize the perceptual world and all that happens in it as the substitute for reality that it is. 

Our salvation is not found in the perceptual world, we cannot know our true Self as God created us to be if we see ourselves as victims and blame others for our unhappiness in the world.  When we are pointing our fingers at each other, carrying our signs, screaming and calling names, picking up arms to go to war against the Sons of God, we cannot enter the Presence of God.  We can carry our bibles around, we can go to church, we can praise God and tell Him how big and strong and perfect He is, but if we harbor ill will and blame others for ruining our lives and hold our brothers accountable for our unhappiness, God cannot be praised for He must be praised in oneness, wholeness, unity with all.   

When we bring our condemnation, our self-pity, our demands for punishment upon our enemies, our grief and our sorrow to Heaven’s gate, we must lay it down.  We do not bring unworthy gifts to God and His Kingdom.  The things that seemed to happen in perceptual world are merely not worthy of the Sonship of God.  If the perceptual world and all the dastardly deeds that seem to happen in it are still so important to me that I cannot lay them down, I am the one that is refusing to enter, but I will think it is Christ who does not welcome me.  I will feel as if I am a reject and fail to see the door flung open wide because I have identified with the color of my skin, I have identified with the false history of my people, I have identified with my childhood abuse and sexual trauma. 

All sorts of bad things happen in a realm that is flesh and blood.  Sometimes it really does seem as if we were picked out of the masses to be inflicted upon more than others.  It will seem in the perceptual world that some people have all the privilege and others have all the disadvantages.  This is to be expected in the world that has opposed God and made opposites for all that is.  To identify with it is to sadly mistake this kingdom for the real one.  Humans are savage and dangerous beings for the most part.  Part God and part ego they often use their power to prey upon and go to battle against those who stand in their way.  There is no one group of humans which are any better or any worse than another group of humans.  There is no conflict in which one side is “right,” and the other side is “wrong.”  It is all wrong because it is a fiction that has posed as truth. 

Christ waits for the restoration of the Christ in us.  We approach God by appreciating Christ and recognizing the Sonship in all.  It starts with you and it starts with me accepting the universal message of forgiveness for one another in our denial of God and His Kingdom.  For forgiving our mutual humanity, for thinking that we could be anything that meant anything at all apart from God. 

When we accept Christ, His wholeness becomes our wholeness.  Christ is the Son of God who lives in God and radiates the glory of God.  This is not a power trip for Christ.  This is not an “I’ll show them” sort of thing.  Christ is not out to rescue people to enhance His own sense of importance and be our hero forever.  Christ remembers who and what we really are.  We are His brothers who have lost their way, who have forgotten the God in them, who went down a different path.  When He took on humanity, He understood the savagery, the danger, the ways in which the world would tear His flesh to find what He was hiding and withholding from them inside.  It was a nightmare to leave the Kingdom where love and peace and joy abides forever to come to this hot mess of a realm, but He did it anyway because without us the Sonship is not complete. He does not extend the Love and the Loveliness of God to us because we are dirty rotten sinners, my brothers. He extends the Love and the Loveliness of God to us because He remembers us as we really are – like our Creator and at peace with Him and with each other. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 11 God or the ego. IV The inheritance of God’s Son. 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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