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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 14 Teaching for Truth

VII.  Sharing Perception with the Holy Spirit

1. What do you want? Light or darkness, knowledge or ignorance are yours, but not both. Opposites must be brought together, not kept apart. For their separation is only in your mind, and they are reconciled by union, as you are. In union, everything that is not real must disappear, for truth is union. As darkness disappears in light, so ignorance fades away when knowledge dawns. Perception is the medium by which ignorance is brought to knowledge. Yet the perception must be without deceit, for otherwise it becomes the messenger of ignorance rather than a helper in the search for truth.

2. The search for truth is but the honest searching out of everything that interferes with truth. Truth is. It can neither be lost nor sought nor found. It is there, wherever you are being with you. Yet it can be recognized or unrecognized, real or false to you. If you hide it, it becomes unreal to you because you hid it and surrounded it with fear. Under each cornerstone of fear on which you have erected your insane system of belief, the truth lies hidden. Yet you cannot know this, for by hiding truth in fear, you see no reason to believe that the more you look at fear the less you see it, and the clearer what it conceals becomes.

3. It is not possible to convince the unknowing that they know. From their point of view it is not true. Yet it is true because God knows it. These are clearly opposite viewpoints on what the “unknowing” are. To God, unknowing is impossible. It is therefore not a point of view at all, but merely a belief in something that does not exist. It is only this belief that the unknowing have and by it they are wrong about themselves. They have defined themselves as they were not created. Their creation was not a point of view, but rather a certainty. Uncertainty brought to certainty does not retain any conviction of reality.

4. Our emphasis has been on bringing what is undesirable to the desirable; what you do not want to what you do. You will realize that Salvation must come to you this way, if you consider what dissociation is. Dissociation is a distorted process of thinking whereby two systems of belief which cannot coexist are both maintained. If they were brought together, their joint acceptance becomes impossible. But if one is kept in darkness from the other, their separation seems to keep them both alive and equal in their reality. Their joining thus becomes the source of fear, for if they meet, acceptance must be withdrawn from one of them. You cannot have them both, for each denies the other.  Apart, this fact is lost from sight, for each in a separate place can be endowed with firm belief. Bring them together, and the fact of their complete incompatibility is instantly apparent. One will go because the other is seen in the same place.

5. Light cannot enter darkness when a mind believes in darkness and will not let it go. Truth does not struggle against ignorance, and love does not attack fear. What needs no protection does not defend itself. Defense is of your making. God knows it not. The Holy Spirit’s use of defense is on behalf of truth only because you made them against it. His perception of them, according to His purpose, merely changes them into a call for what you have attacked with them. Defenses, like everything you made, must be gently turned to your own good, translated by the Holy Spirit from means of self-destruction to means of preservation and release. His task is mighty, but the power of God is with Him. Therefore, to Him it is so easy that it was accomplished the instant it was given Him for you. Do not delay in your return to peace by wondering how He can fulfill what God has given Him to do. Leave that to Him Who knows. You are not asked to do mighty tasks yourself. You are merely asked to do the little He suggests you do, trusting Him only to the small extent of believing that, if He asks it, you can do it. You will see how easily all that He asks can be accomplished.

6. The Holy Spirit asks of you but this: Bring to Him every secret you have locked away from Him. Open every door to Him and bid Him enter the darkness and lighten it away. At your request He enters gladly. He brings the light to darkness if you make the darkness open to Him. But what you hide He cannot look upon. He sees for you, and unless you look with Him, He cannot see. The vision of Christ is not for Him alone, but for Him with you. Bring, therefore, all your dark and secret thoughts to Him, and look upon them with Him. He holds the light, and you the darkness. They cannot coexist when both of you together look on them. His judgment must prevail, and He will give it to you as you join your perception to His.

7. Joining with Him and seeing is the way in which you learn to share with Him the interpretation of perception that leads to knowledge. You cannot see alone. Sharing perception with Him whom God has given you teaches you how to recognize what you see. It is the recognition that nothing you see means anything alone. Seeing with him will show you that all meaning, including yours, comes not from double vision, but from the gentle fusing of everything into one meaning, one emotion, and one purpose. God has one purpose which He shares with you. The single vision which the Holy Spirit offers you will bring this oneness to your mind with clarity and brightness so intense you could not wish, for all the world, not to accept what God would have you have. Behold your will, accepting it as His, with all His love as yours. All honor to you through Him, and through Him unto God.[1]

Today Jesus asks us what we want.  This is an honest question which is worthy only of an honest answer.  Do not let the simplicity of this question deceive you into thinking that you know what you want for as humans with egos we are attracted to opposites and find glory in opposition and attack.  Let there be no mistake – there is no life that can be found in death; no peace that is wrought from war; there is no healing that comes from disease and illness; there is no love found through hatred. 

Opposites must be brought together, Jesus tells us – not hidden and kept out of our awareness.  As humans we have eyes that look outward not inward.  Eyes that look out into the world can only perceive a limited, time-based picture of others.  I may see you at the grocery store loading up your cart with all sorts of good things to eat and think to myself, “Oh they are planning a party.  I wonder who they are going to invite.  I wonder why I didn’t get invited.  All the parties I have had that I invited them to and now here he is planning a big get-together and not inviting me.” I can work myself up into a tizzy over an assumption about you and your groceries based upon a very limited, egotistical observation that says more about me than it does about you! 

And yet I can deny my smallness to you and to myself.  I can hide it so deep inside of me, that terrible feeling of being left out, of others having all the fun and me sitting home alone sucking my thumb that it rarely come to my conscious awareness.  If I have a nature that loves to get even, I will do my best to make you feel the same way you made me feel.  If I have a docile nature, I may withdraw or I may continue to include you in all my festivities under some weird obligation I feel toward you.  But the one thing I will not do is communicate my concerns to you or to Holy Spirit.  I will learn to cherish my assumptions about you and everyone else and believe totally in my limited perceptions of what is going on in the outside world.  I will get so caught up in my perceptions of the perceptual world that I will not go inward for looking within will scare me for there I will seem to have all my fearful assumptions, all my fears of being left out, of being left alone and sad and sorrowful, all my martyrdom and self-sacrifice and inability to communicate or enjoy true communion. 

Now this may seem a trite example of what Jesus is telling us, but it stands as a very good example of the point He wants us to understand.  Do not hide our humanity from Holy Spirit.  We may for the sake of our human pride and ability to deceive ourselves and others pretend to an indifference and invulnerability which we do not possess, but to Holy Spirit we must bring our humanity and let it serve as a juxtaposition to what we really are in God.  We must never put a brave face on it and call what fills us with sorrow and despair a different name, say, – bravery, courage, or worse godly.  We must look square on at our humanity for what it is – its terrible vulnerability, its love for titillation with tales of wrongdoing and shame, its inability to speak of and ask for love and tenderness, its tendency to attack and to defend that which has no defense.    

We cannot find truth by not taking an honest look at everything that opposes and interferes with our joy, our Being, our holy Self.  Truth is always with us – it was never lost.  Recognize the truth or fail to recognize it – it remains the same. We can want it sincerely or insincerely.  We can say I want the truth but only want our version of the truth, the “truth” we made up about ourselves and others based upon what we see and experience with others based on flesh perceptions, the blame and the shame we cast upon others, the stories we tell about others to keep the attention off of our own shortcomings. 

At the core of our humanity is fear, the fight for survival in a world of limitations, the yearning for connection, communion, and communication in a world that puts a hefty price tag on everything.  We have all the good intentions in the world, but we simply run out of time, we run out of energy, there is always something or someone that wants to take what little we have and squander it on their dream.  We cannot deny this and pretend that humanity is some great feat of mankind.  We have to look at this, my brothers, if we want truth for as long as we accept our human forms and egos as our truth, we are living from our low minds and not bringing them to the higher mind of Christ. 

Jesus tells us that all of us know God as our Father.  And yet to convince those who do not remember this is impossible.  We have learned to define ourselves as something which was not created.  Our human forms symbolize all that oppose God and opposing God they oppose truth.  It does not matter how they came to be; they are time-based and not designed for eternity.  We can call the time-based entities life and learn to cherish our little joys and pleasures and make so much of them – paying outrageously for a flavor, rhapsodizing over an orgasm, chasing after a song but it all ends in nothingness.  The underlying sense of anxiety, despair and resignation that arises from being fueled by rot and decay – this is what we bring to Holy Spirit.    

If we refuse to look at this, we are not bringing the undesirable to the desirable, we are sugarcoating the undesirable and saying we want our humanity but make it more enjoyable, Lord Jesus.  Give us more flavors in which to gratify ourselves, dear Lord.  Give us rain when our cucumbers need water, God.  Bring down the price of coffee, Lord, so we don’t have to go without.  I hope you get the picture. We are asking God for things that gratify the flesh – We are trying to bring that which is eternal and Spirit to that which withers and dies and calling it God’s blessing and God’s world.  

Jesus explains this to us in paragraph four.  You do not have to be a psychology student to know what dissociation is – because Jesus tells us.  This is a fearful condition because opposites cannot coexist.  There can be no light in darkness; there can be no darkness in light.  They do not take turns with each other – there is either one or the other.  And yet here we are in our human condition with our lower minds seemingly governed by our own creation and its maniacal drives, chemicals, hormones, and proclivity for evil and our higher minds where Holy Spirit resides in the Kingdom of God. 

Being of one mind seems to cancel out the other mind, so instead of acknowledging this truthfully we dissociate from our lower mind and pretend humanity is ever-so-wonderful and we are ever-so-good because we pay our taxes and go to church and read our bibles.  We shine the outside of ourselves up and refuse to look at the guilt, the shame, the sorrow that is at the very core of humanity.  We will look at other people and see their pathetic state but not realize our own.    

Conversely, we can dissociate from our higher minds and cleave to our bad-ass selves and become proud psychopaths who love to get one over on the goody-goodies.  Or we can skip back and forth between the two and drive ourselves and everyone around us batty not knowing if we are good or bad, loving or hateful, devoted to kindness or hellbent on evildoing.  Being human is a hellish thing and until we look at both sides of this conundrum by bringing that which is dark about us to the light, by honestly looking at our shame, our guilt, our gravity laden alter creation side by side with the Spirit and the truth about us, we will go on cherishing our time-bound flesh and ignoring our Spirit, our true and everlasting Self.   

We are not called to do anything strenuous or impossible.  We are not to question how Holy Spirit accomplishes our return to God, we are merely asked to do the little that is asked of us. We do not get to be martyrs; we do not get to compare notes with others and get into pissing contests to see who did more for Jesus. All that we are asked to do is bring our darkness to the light.  Open every door to the dark corridors of our mind.  Expose our humanity and all the things that shame us and scare us we bring to Him and let the light of truth shine upon it.  All the times we senselessly berated our children for our own hurts and sorrows, all the times we judged and condemned others to cover up our own shortcomings and shame.  All the times we threw others under the bus to save our own skin.  All the times we cheated, told lies, mocked and ridiculed others.  The people we killed, the lives we ruined, the recklessness and fecklessness of our humanity – all the hurts and pain and sorrow.  Our rage and sorrow over the damage inflicted upon us by those who were meant to protect us – bring it to the light.  Every grudge, every bit of shame, every torment – big and small.  Nothing is exempt from what the Holy Spirit asks of us – bring it all out and lay humanity bare.  The light will shine on that which traps us in a realm of ignorance and darkness when we look at it with Him.  He holds the light; we open the door to our lower mind and welcome it in.  We ask Him to shine it in all the hidden recesses of our minds, for we want one mind full of light and truth.  And with this simple act, we watch all that is not holy melt away. 

We become single-minded instead of double-minded and all that the world would offer us in place of our reality in God is as nothing, for nothing is what it is!  In the oneness of God we come home to the love and the honor that is ours in Him. 

In your personal devotions today welcome the perception of Holy Spirit into the human part of your mind.  Ask Holy Spirit to remove your fear of looking within.  Trust in Him to melt away all which binds you to a false sense of reality, to show you who you are in Christ.  Look unflinchingly upon the difference between the lower and the higher, the fiction and the truth, the human and the divine – and let all that is not of God be gone in the name of Christ who makes us one in Him.    


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 14 Teaching for truth. VII Sharing perception with the holy spirit. 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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