ACIM 26:III The Borderland

1. Complexity is not of God. How could it be when all He knows is one? He knows of one creation, one reality, one truth and but one Son. Nothing conflicts with oneness. How, then, could there be complexity in Him? What is there to decide? For it is conflict that makes choice possible. The truth is simple; it is one, without an opposite. And how could strife enter in its simple presence, and bring complexity where oneness is? The truth makes no decisions, for there is nothing to decide between. And only if there were could choosing be a necessary step in the advance toward oneness. What is everything leaves room for nothing else. Yet is this magnitude beyond the scope of this curriculum. Nor is it necessary we dwell on anything that cannot be immediately grasped.

2. There is a borderland of thought that stands between this world and Heaven. It is not a place, and when you reach it is apart from time. Here is the meeting place where thoughts are brought together, where conflicting values meet and all illusions are laid down beside the truth, where they are judged to be untrue. This borderland is just beyond the gate of Heaven. Here is every thought made pure and wholly simple. Here is sin denied, and everything that is received instead.

3. This is the journey’s end. We have referred to it as the real world. And yet there is a contradiction here, in that the words imply a limited reality, a partial truth, a segment of the universe made true. This is because knowledge makes no attack upon perception. They are brought together and only one continues past the gate where Oneness is. Salvation is a borderland where place and time and choice have meaning still, and yet it can be seen that they are temporary, out of place, and every choice has been already made. 

4. Nothing the Son of God believes can be destroyed. But what is truth to him must be brought to the last comparison that he will ever make; the last evaluation that will be possible, the final judgment upon this world. It is the judgment of the truth upon illusion, of knowledge on perception. It has no meaning and does not exist. This is not your decision. It is but a simple statement of a simple fact. But in this world there are no simple facts because what is the same and what is different remain unclear. The one essential thing to make a choice at all is this distinction. And herein lies the difference between the worlds. In this one, choice is made impossible. In the real world is choosing simplified.

5. Salvation stops just short of Heaven, for only perception needs salvation. Heaven was never lost, and so cannot be saved. Yet who can make a choice between the wish for Heaven and the wish for hell unless he recognizes they are not the same? This difference is the learning goal this course has set. It will not go beyond this aim. Its only purpose is to teach what is the same and what is different, leaving room to make the only choice that can be made.

6. There is no basis for a choice in this complex and over-complicated world. For no one understands what is the same and seems to choose where no choice really is. The real world is the area of choice made real, not in the outcome, but in the perception of alternatives for choice. That there is a choice is an illusion. Yet within this one lies the undoing of every illusion, not excepting this.

7. Is not this like your special function, where the separation is undone by change of purpose in what once was specialness and is now union? All illusions are but one. And in the recognition this is so lies the ability to give up all attempts to choose between them, and to make them different. How simple is the choice between the two things so clearly unalike. There is no conflict here. No sacrifice is possible in the relinquishment of an illusion recognized as such. Where all reality has been withdrawn from what was never true, can it be hard to give it up, and choose what must be true?[1]

In your personal devotions today ask Holy Spirit to illuminate this passage for you.  All that would be special in this realm of disunity, chaos, and despair is the opposition to what can have no opposition, is an opposite to what is our only one choice.  We may think of having a choice as being free but choosing between a lie and truth is not freedom nor is it liberty.  It is madness to believe in lies. 

Freedom is knowing truth and being liberated to be and to have all that is, to be entrusted with all of Creation, to be unified and at one – peaceful, loving, and joyful.  There is no peace when we choose that which would oppose it.  There is no love in opposition to love.  There is no lasting joy when all that makes us joyful can be snatched away and leave us full of sorrow.  To cherish the ability to choose between lies is to unnecessarily complicate what is restful, calm, and peaceful. 

Choosing between truth and lies is not a real choice for only one is true. Two plus two equals four and I have no real choice in the matter, even though I can be “free” and “choose” to complicate the matter and make up any number of lies about the resolution of this elementary equation.  We could name thousands upon thousands of different numbers, but four is the one true answer and so there is no real choice.  Such is the Kingdom of God – there can be all kinds of lies about God, and there can be all kinds of names and ways in which to worship and sacrifice to Him, but God is Love and God’s Justice is Love, and we are His Son.  There is no reason at all to complicate this and try to be His favorite, or sacrifice to Him, or dream up ways to keep part of His Creation separate from Him so we can gain ground on others.  God calls us to be like Him as Love, to see each other with love and tenderness, to show mercy and extend grace. 

Undoing our state of specialness requires the ability to see that we have no choice, that there is nothing complicated about it.  It is as simple as two plus two equals four.  We are holy because God is holy.  We are Spirit because God is Spirit.  We are Love because God created us with Love and in Love and to be Love, like Himself. 

When this becomes apparent in our minds, we may live in the perceptual world, but we are not of the perceptual world – we live then in the realm that borders Heaven but is not yet Heaven.  Our perceptions are healed.  We no longer live by the perceptions of flesh eyes and flesh senses for our Holiness guides us and informs us of our oneness and unity with all of Creation.  This is a blessed state of Being, the most blessed state of Being this side of Heaven.  We remember the Father for we are like Him – not in flesh but in Spirit.  We remember the Kingdom that shines within our hearts and minds and corrects all that is wrong about us, all that tears us apart and keeps us apart.  And the transition from our state of specialness, separateness, and squalor becomes a delightful phase of unity, equality, and purity.

The truth dawns upon us and there is no need for war and bloodshed, tribulation and sorrow.  God’s Will is for our love and peace and joy to be established forever.  There is no mystery. No secret signs and weird wonders.  No guesswork or codes or silly games.  There is no complexity in God for there is no choice in Truth.    

[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 26 The transition. III. The borderland. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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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

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