1. It cannot be that it is hard to do the task that Christ appointed you to do, since it is He Who does it. And in the doing of it will you learn the body merely seems to be the means to do it. For the mind is His. And so it must be yours. His Holiness directs the body through the mind at one with Him. and you are manifest unto your holy brother, as he to you. Here is the meeting of the holy Christ unto himself; nor any differences perceived to stand between the aspects of His Holiness, which meet and join and raise Him to His Father, whole and pure and worthy of His everlasting Love.
2. How can you manifest the Christ in you except to look on holiness and see Him there? Perception tells you you are manifest in what you see. Behold the body, and you will believe that you are there. And everybody that you look upon reminds you of yourself; your sinfulness, your evil and, above all, your death. And would you not despise the one who tells you this, and seek his death instead? The message and the messenger are one. And you must see your brother as yourself. Framed in his body you will see your sinfulness, wherein you stand condemned. Set in his holiness, the Christ in him proclaims Himself as you.
3. Perception is a choice of what you want yourself to be; the world you want to live in, and the state in which you think your mind will be content and satisfied. It chooses where you think your safety lies, at your decision. It reveals yourself to you as you would have you be. And always is it faithful to your purpose, from which it never separates, nor gives the slightest witness on to anything the purpose in your mind upholdeth not. Perception is a part of what it is your purpose to behold, for means and end are never separate. And thus you learn what seems to have a life apart has none.
4. You are the means for God; not separate, nor with a life apart from His. His life is manifest in you who are His Son. Each aspect of Himself is framed in holiness and perfect purity, in love celestial and so complete it wishes only that it may release all that it looks upon unto Itself. Its radiance shines through each body that it looks upon, and brushes all its darkness into light merely by looking past it to the light. The veil is lifted through its gentleness, and nothing hides the face of Christ from its beholders. You and your brother stand before Him now, to let Him draw aside the veil that seems to keep you separate and apart.
5. Since you believe that you are separate, Heaven presents Itself to you as separate, too. Not that it is in truth, but that the link that has been given you to join the truth may reach to you through what you understand. Father and Son and Holy Spirit are as one, as all your brothers join as one in truth. Christ and His Father never have been separate, and Christ abides within your understanding, in the part of you that shares His Father’s Will. The Holy Spirit links the other part – the tiny, mad desire to be separate, different and special – to the Christ, to make the oneness clear to what is really one. In this world this is not understood, but can be taught.
6. The Holy Spirit serves Christ’s purpose in your mind, so that the aim of specialness can be corrected where the error lies. Because His purpose still is one with both the Father and the Son, He knows the Will of God and what you really will. But this is understood by mind perceived as one, aware that it is one, and so experienced. It is the Holy Spirit’s function to teach you how this oneness is experienced, what you must do that it can be experienced, and where you should go to do it.
7. All this takes note of time and place as if they were discrete, for while you think that part of you is separate, the concept of a Oneness joined as One is meaningless. It is apparent that a mind so split could never be the Teacher of a Oneness which unites all things within Itself. And so What is within this mind, and does unite all things together, must be its Teacher. Yet must It use the language that this mind can understand, in the condition in which it thinks it is. And it must use all learning to transfer illusions to the truth, taking all false ideas of what you are, and leading you beyond them to the truth that is beyond them. All this can very simply be reduced to this:
What is the same cannot be different, and what is one cannot have separate parts.
The mind of Christ is our true Being; our one and only link to the truth. When we speak of the Christ mind, or the mind in general, we are not referring to our human brain with its constantly firing neurons and synapses, controlled by chemicals and electrical systems of functioning. The mind is beyond our gray matter! Invisible to the human eye, undiscerned by our finest microscopes, our Being is beyond comprehending from a human perspective. For our Being is the meeting place of Sonship, of Christ. Our Godhood is found in our Being which is as whole and pure and worthy of the everlasting Love that belongs to God, and is God Himself.
Only when we can look upon our Being will we be able to manifest Christ. Our human perceptions inform us of our human lives, we seem to be manifest in what we see with our eyes, smell with our nose, feel with our senses, and so forth. When I look on your body, I see a man or a woman, a Greek or a Jew, I see you as black or white, I see you as rich or poor, or somewhere in between in my classifications of who you are. I am looking at your body. I am looking at the clothes you wear, the car you drive, the religious icons that you wear or dangle from your rearview mirror! When I look at you, I am reminded of my own self. For instance, when I see your gray hair, your flabby thighs, your double chin, your weaknesses and peevishness – I will be reminded of my own aging process, my own impending death, and this will not endear you to me! For the one who gives me the message about myself is the message itself. What I see in you informs me about who I am, the thoughts I hold toward you are the thoughts I hold toward myself.
We can deny this. I can look upon your sins, your frailty, your craven lusts and gluttony and tell myself how happy I am that I am better than you are. I can feel sorry for you and come up with all kinds of excuses for why you are drawn to all that is evil and pointless and poor while I am drawn to all that is good, purposeful, and enriching, but no matter how long I can keep up this pretense, the fact is this: Your humanity informs my humanity. We are all in the same boat – it takes little more than a tiny misfiring of the neurons, a nip from a rabid dog, a traumatic childhood experience, a bump on the head, a prescription mix-up, and we are all capable of violence, murder, and treason. When I see you as a body, I see you condemned, sitting on death row awaiting your turn to die. There is absolutely no positive way to look upon you when I see you as a body – it will not matter how pretty you are, how sexy, how rich, how famous. One hundred years from now, you will be history. Over. Done with. Kaput.
Do not be dismayed by this. For the bright side is the only side of this which is true – for you are not your body, you are the Mind of Christ, your Being is whole and holy, and the Christ, which is the Sonship is one with you. This is no cause for worry that you will lose your precious individuality. Your precious individuality is a trite little pesty thing that does not even exist. It will only be large in your mind because you have done your best to set yourself apart and special from the rest of humanity and this is impossible. We are all in the same boat with the same needs and the same delusions!
To learn more about this we must spend some time with paragraph three. We all have a perception of ourselves which sets us apart from one another. This is based upon a choice about the kind of world we want to live in, the state of being which we think will make our minds happy and give our lives meaning and purpose. Our perceptions will advise our safety and security concerns. If I perceive the world as dangerous and full of ill will, I may feel it is my right to arm myself and die fighting for my right to do so. If you perceive the world as dangerous and full of ill will, you may feel it is your right to take my arms away from me, to make me less dangerous to you – and thus you will make of me your enemy. You may die trying to take my arms away from me. Even though we both had the same perception of danger and ill-will, instead of banding together to make safe and secure, we will oppose each other in how we perceive to meet our safety and security measures. As tragic as it may seem, there is no sin in this – we are here to learn in any way that teaches us the futility of specialness, the ultimate truth of Sonship. When I arm myself against you, I am armed against myself. When you lift up a hand to strike me, you strike yourself. The means that we choose to reach our goal will always be the same as the goal itself. Choose attack and defense, the goal will never be peace and goodwill but more attack and defense. Choose love and goodwill, the goal will always be love and goodwill. Means and end – always the same. Until we learn this, we continue in the dreary rounds of karmic-based cycles.
You are the means of God even as I am the means for God. We are not separate; we cannot have a life apart from Him or from each other. We are His Son – as one. This is what we must choose to look for in each other, the radiance and perfection of God that links us to the truth about our Sonship. This is a very gentle and kind approach that quietly sweeps aside the veil of differences that our humanity uses to obscure the face of Christ from each other. For when I see the face of Christ in you and you see the face of Christ in me, we can no longer be kept apart by the differences and enmity that would come between us in the flesh.
It behooves us to look closely upon the specialness that would keep us apart. We must choose to give up our attachment to our female and our male parts, to our traditions that would make some the elect and others the sinners doomed to suffer the ongoing torments of hell, to our false status symbols that would distinguish some and extinguish others, to the idea of work ethic and those who “deserve” our help and those who do not. Our humanity compels us to make hard choices; our Sonship compels us to make soft and gentle ones. While we can bring the soft choices to our humanity and do our best to apply them here, they will never work in this realm; however, we will never be able to return to Sonship when our hearts and minds cherish the hard, corrupt, and special choices of this realm.
This is the dilemma then of living in an illusion of separateness, for our true Identity is one of Heaven and not the world. The Kingdom of God is within us and of us and for us, but how can we conceive of that when we think of each other as meaty, as predators, and dangerous to one another? Christ abides in our understanding – in the part of us that never has been completely convinced that we are what we appear to be to one another, that shares the Father’s Will that we accept our brotherhood, our sweetness and goodwill to each other, our agreement and oneness in love and fellowship. It is the Holy Spirit that links the two opposing frames of reference – the Holy Spirit abides in the Higher Mind of Christ and reveals the tiny, insane desire to be separate, different, and special for what it is. So we can look upon it and see it – stark, puny, naked, shrieking its lies, its delusions, its madness and folly.
We cannot understand this while we seem trapped inside the meaty, fleshy, blood mass of our human body, it is too uncomfortable, it makes us queasy and uneasy, we would drown ourselves in substances and welcome death rather than look upon this mass delusion, but we can be taught to look upon it with calmness, forgiveness, mercy, and strength.
This is the function of Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit corrects the goal of specialness simply by showing us exactly what specialness is – it is in the bloody mass of meat we would seek our precious individuality, our precious right to be “free” and master of our own little imaginary kingdom of nothingness. Holy Spirit is not mean or timid or fearful in the face of our fleshy bits and opposition, for He knows us as we really are. He knows us as Sons; He knows us for He is our reality and our place in God’s Kingdom. Holy Spirit teaches us how this oneness is experienced, what we must do to experience this, and where we should go to have oneness.
This may seem meaningless to you and if it does, do not worry for we are here to learn of oneness through our perceptions of the perceptual world. If you are not ready for oneness yet this is no slur on your progress, this is no race to the finish line, there is no end date that will determine your eternal fate. If the world is still your oyster, by all means enjoy your oyster until you learn what your oyster will teach you! This Course is for those who have seen enough of the world, who have had enough of specialness. We are ready to return to the oneness and unity of God. A mind that is split between the world and the Kingdom of God cannot properly teach the about Oneness, but we are called to teach what we have learned so far. This is the way we remember to rely upon one another, to accept each other in non-judgment and goodwill. Learning to trust in one another is part of restoring brotherhood and healing the Sonship. When we use our language to convey spiritual concepts, we may seem clumsy and awkward, but we must use all learning to transfer illusions to truth. Your efforts combined with my efforts, are efforts blessed by Holy Spirit, the sorting, translating, the results are up to Him. Our goal is only to link to truth. A sincere welcome to the Holy Spirit suffices to reach this link.
Let us pray:
“Holy Spirit, we call upon You to deliver us from all false ideas about what we are and lead us to the truth that is beyond perception. For what is the same, cannot be different. And what is one cannot have separate parts. Make this real to us in our perceptual world to prepare us for our return to God. In the name of Christ, which makes us one. Amen.”
 A Course in Miracles. Chapter 25 The justice of God. I The link to truth. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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