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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 13 The Guiltless World

VII. Attainment of the Real World 10-17

10. Praise, then, the Father for the perfect sanity of His most holy Son. Your Father knows that you have need of nothing. In heaven this is so, for what could you need in eternity? In your world you do need things.  It is a world of scarcity in which you find yourself because you are lacking.  Yet can you find yourself in such a world?  Without the Holy Spirit the answer would be no.  Yet because of Him the answer is a joyous yes! As mediator between the two worlds, He knows what you have need of and what will not hurt you. Ownership is a dangerous concept if it is left to you. The ego wants to have things for salvation, for possession is its law. Possession for its own sake is the ego’s fundamental creed, a basic cornerstone in the churches it builds to itself. And at its altar it demands you lay all of the things it bids you get, leaving you no joy in them.

11. Everything the ego tells you that you need will hurt you. For although the ego urges you again and again to get, it leaves you nothing, for what you get it will demand of you.  And even from the very hands that grasped it, it will be wrenched and hurled into the dust. For where the ego sees salvation it sees separation, and so you lose whatever you have gotten in its name. Therefore ask not of yourself what you need, for you do not know, and your advice to yourself will hurt you. For what you think you need will merely serve to tighten up your world against the light and render you unwilling to question the value that this world can really hold for you.

12. Only the Holy Spirit knows what you need. For He will give you all things that do not block the way to light. And what else could you need?  In time, He gives you all the things that you need have and will renew them as long as you have need of them. He will take nothing from you as long as you have any need of it. And yet He knows that everything you need is temporary and will but last until you step aside from all your needs and realize that all of them have been fulfilled. Therefore He has no investment in the things that He supplies, except to make certain that you will not use them on behalf of lingering in time. He knows that you are not at home there, and He wills no delay to wait upon your joyous homecoming.

13. Leave then your needs to Him. He will supply them with no emphasis at all upon them. What comes to you of Him comes safely, for He will ensure it never can become a dark spot, hidden in your mind, and kept to hurt you. Under His guidance you will travel light and journey lightly, for His sight is ever on the journey’s end, which is His goal. God’s Son is not a traveler through outer worlds. However holy his perception may become, no world outside himself holds his inheritance. Within himself he has no needs, for light needs nothing but to shine in peace, and from itself to let the rays extend in quiet to infinity.

14. Whenever you are tempted to undertake a useless journey that would lead you away from the light, remember what you really want, and say: “The Holy Spirit leads me onto Christ, and where else would I go? What need have I but to awake in Him?”

15. Then follow Him in joy, with faith that He will lead you safely through all dangers to your peace of mind this world may set before you. Kneel not before the altars to sacrifice and seek not what you will surely lose.  Content yourself with what you will as surely keep, and be not restless, for you undertake a quiet journey to the peace of God, where He would have you be in quietness.

16. In me you have already overcome every temptation that would hold you back. We walked together on the way to quietness that is the gift of God. Hold me dear, for what except your brothers can you need? We will restore to you the peace of mind that we must find together. The Holy Spirit will teach you to awaken onto us into yourself. This is the only real need to be fulfilled in time. Salvation from the world lies only here. My peace I give you. Take it of me in glad exchange for all the world has offered but to take away. And we will spread it like a veil of light across the world’s sad face, in which we hide our brothers from the world, and it from them.

17. We cannot sing redemption’s hymn alone. My task is not completed until I have lifted every voice with mine. And yet it is not mine, for as it is my gift to you, so was it the Father’s gift to me, given me through His Spirit. The sound of it will banish sorrow from the mind of God’s most holy Son, where it cannot abide. Healing in time is needed, for joy cannot establish its eternal reign where sorrow dwells. You dwell not here, but in eternity. You travel but in dreams, while safe at home. Give thanks to every part of you that you have taught how to remember you. Thus does the Son of God give thanks onto his Father for his purity.[1]

As we continue reviewing the attainment of the real world, Jesus tells us to praise God for the perfect sanity of His Son.  Why would God create us to be in constant need?  Why would God create us to be sustained on food and water, to be easily manipulated through our hunger and our thirst and give us desires that would lead us down discouraging and distressful paths?  This is not the creation of God, but a world of scarcity and lack.  We cannot find our selves in this world for this world keeps us so busy chasing after the things that sustain our flesh another day, that fulfill our wants another short period of time, that gratify our pleasure seeking for a rush that fades in only a few minutes.  The only way we can find our Sonship in this world is with our Spirit which is Holy – Holy Spirit is our Teacher and our Guide.  Holy Spirit dwells within our higher mind which has never separated from God, which has never been brought low by ego. 

Jesus tells us in paragraph 10 that ownership is a dangerous concept to the ego – to own is to be saved.  Possession is a law of the ego, and we are not talking about demon possession here – Jesus is speaking of ownership.  To seek to own is an ego-driven desire, it is the cornerstone of the churches that ego builds to itself.  There is a drive in each one of us to own things, to get things, to have things to call our own but everything we get, everything we own in this world, everything we work hard to achieve and to possess – the ego takes from us and leaves us no joy in them. 

For the needs of this world hurt us, they leave us with nothing, what we own actually owns us!  The ego sees salvation in separation – so whatever we get in the name of ego, we are separated from.  Jesus tells us not to depend upon ourselves to know what we need for we really do not know.  We will hurt ourselves trying to fulfill our worldly needs.  We will lose sight of the light of God trying to find value in what is valueless. 

In paragraph 12, Jesus assures us that Holy Spirit is the only one that recognizes what we really need, both in the earthly domain and in the spiritual realm.  We are to trust in Him.  We are not to allow the greed and avarice of the world to determine our needs, but to use all that we are blessed with, all our talents, all our worldly goods, to help and to heal rather than linger in time suffering needlessly in a world that is not our home and can never bring us joy and peace. 

When we leave our needs to Holy Spirit, He simply supplies them with no emphasis on any of them.  We don’t have to go about praising God and telling others about how God blesses us, we don’t have to work for His blessings, we don’t have to beg and plead and grovel.  What comes from Holy Spirit is holy – it is not harmful, it does not tax us, it is not a burden.  When Holy Spirit guides us, we travel light for our journey is light – there is nothing heavy or burdensome about it.  Jesus tells us that we do not travel through the outer world, for that is not our inheritance.  There is no need for us to flit here and flit there.  There is no need for us to go anywhere and be “in person.”  There is no reason at all to exhaust ourselves for Jesus.  Everything we are called to do we can do within for there is God’s Kingdom, there we have no needs, for there is the light that shines in peace throughout eternity.  This is an important concept to meditate upon and accept in our devotional practice.  Let us not make idols of the Sons of God nor let others make them of us – demanding our presence or seeking out a special minister or a special miracle worker.  We are all called, and we have everything we can possibly need within us – let us go there and learn to trust in this. 

Whenever we are tempted to flit about and flaunt ourselves or chase after the things of the world that would lead us away from our inner light, we are to remind ourselves that Holy Spirit leads us to Christ and where else would we want to go?  What more do we need than to awake in Christ, to realize our Sonship, to know God as Father, to know God as Love? 

This world is bent upon stealing our joy and our peace – and we are not to seek anything that can be taken away from us.  This is a quiet path – there is no showing off, there is no flaunting, there is no grasping to get this or own that.  In fact, the more we join with Christ, the more inclined we are to give and not seek anything in return!  The more inward we go to God’s Kingdom the quieter we become in the world for the peace of God only comes in quietness and trust. 

Jesus walks with us; He talks with us.  Hold me dear, Jesus tells us, for we are brothers and only the Brotherhood of Christ can restore our peace of mind.  As we are awakened to the concept of Sonship, to the concept of Brotherhood we will realize that this is the only real need to be fulfilled in time – this is where our salvation lies – in the Sonship of God being restored to Love. When the Brotherhood of Christ takes place in each one of us peace is restored to all.  The sorrow lifts from the world’s sad face and the world we made of that which opposes Love and Peace and Joy fades away and tempts us no more.

Redemption’s hymn is for every voice raised with Christ, as one in Sonship.  This is the gift of Love – given to Christ, shared through God’s Spirit which makes us one.  In Christ we are Brothers, we are Sons of God, there is no sorrow for we have been healed.  We attain the real world when we attain the world which is one with God.  It is the direction in which we are headed – as each one of us lays down our weapons and embraces the Christ within. 

In our personal devotional practice today, meditate upon this message – for it is a message for everyone and not just the elect, or God’s personal favorites, or any particular church or religion.  Christ lives within each one of us, whether we recognize Him or not.  We are all Sons of God, beloved and worthy of redemption, worthy of being saved from our own mistaken identity, worthy of being recognized for who and what we really are.  We dream of opposition, death, and dying but that is not the real story, and this is not the real Creation. 

Pay particular attention to the last few sentences of paragraph 17 and incorporate these thoughts into your prayers and meditations.  This is not our dwelling place for the real us is in God’s eternal Kingdom, traveling in dreams while safe at home.  We are to thank every part of the Brotherhood who teaches us how to remember that this is so, for when we forget who we are, we do not remember the Christ within us and mistake ourselves for that which is impure and unworthy.  Those who think of themselves as impure and unworthy do not know the Love of God nor the love that God has for His Son.  We attain the real world by remembering what we really are and where we really belong – safe at Home in the arms of God. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 13 The guiltless world. VII Attainment of the real world 10-17. 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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