9. Who, then, fears healing? Only those to whom their brothers sacrifice, and pain are seen to represent their own serenity. Their helplessness and weakness represent the grounds on which they justify his pain. The constant sting of guilt he suffers serves to prove that he is slave, but they are free. The constant pain they suffer demonstrates that they are free because they hold him bound. And sickness is desired to prevent a shift of balance in the sacrifice. How could the Holy Spirit be deterred an instant, even less, to reason with an argument for sickness such as this? And need your healing be delayed because you pause to listen to insanity?
10. Correction is not your function. It belongs to One Who knows of fairness, not of guilt. If you assume correction’s role, you lose the function of forgiveness. No one can forgive until he learns correction is but to forgive, and never to accuse. Alone, you cannot see they are the same, and therefore is correction not of you. Identity and function are the same, and by your function do you know yourself. And thus, if you confuse your function with the function of another, you must be confused about yourself and who you are. What is the separation but a wish to take God’s function from him and deny that it is his? Yet if it is not his it is not yours, for you must lose what you would take away.
11. In a split mind, identity must seem to be divided. Nor can anyone perceive a function unified which has conflicting purposes and different ends. Correction, to a mind so split, must be a way to punish sins you think are yours in someone else. And thus does he become your victim, not your brother, different from you in that he is more guilty, thus in need of your correction, as the one more innocent than he. This splits his function off from yours and gives you both a different role. And so you cannot be perceived as one, and with a single function that would mean a shared identity with but one end.
12. Correction you would do must separate, because that is the function given it by you. When you perceive correction is the same as pardon, then you also know the Holy Spirit’s Mind and yours are one. And so your own identity is found. Yet must He work with what is given Him, and you allow Him only half your mind. And thus He represents the other half and seems to have a different purpose from the one you cherish, and you think is yours. Thus does your function seem divided, with a half in opposition to a half. And these two halves appear to represent a split within a self perceived as two.
13. Consider how this self-perception must extend, and do not overlook the fact that every thought extends because that is its purpose, being what it really is. From an idea of self as two, there comes a necessary view of function split between the two. And what you would correct is only half the error, which you think is all of it. Your brother’s sins become the central target for correction, lest your errors and his own be seen as one. Yours are mistakes, but his are sins and not the same as yours. His merit punishment, while yours, in fairness, should be overlooked.
14. In this interpretation of correction, your own mistakes you will not even see. The focus of correction has been placed outside yourself, on one who cannot be a part of you while this perception lasts. What is condemned can never be returned to its accuser, who had hated it, and hates it still as symbol of his fear. This is your brother, focus of your hate, unworthy to be part of you and thus outside yourself; the other half, which is denied. And only what is left without his presence is perceived as all of you. To this remaining half the Holy Spirit must represent the other half until you recognize it is the other half. And this He does by giving you and him a function that is one, not different.
15. Correction is the function given both, but neither one alone. And when it is fulfilled as shared, it must correct mistakes in you and him. It cannot leave mistakes in one unhealed and set the other free. That is divided purpose, which cannot be shared, and so it cannot be the goal in which the Holy Spirit sees His Own. And you can rest assured that He will not fulfill a function that He does not see and recognize as His. For only thus can He keep yours preserved intact, despite your separate views of what your function is. If He upheld divided function, you were lost indeed. His inability to see His goal divided and distinct for you and him, preserves yourself from the awareness of a function not your own. And thus is healing given you and him.
16. Correction must be left to One Who knows correction and forgiveness are the same. With half a mind this is not understood. Leave, then, correction to the Mind that is united, functioning as one because it is not split in purpose, and conceives a single function as its only one. Here is the function given it conceived to be its Own, and not apart from that its Giver keeps because it has been shared. In His acceptance of this function lies the means whereby your mind is unified. His single purpose unifies the halves of you that you perceive as separate. And each forgives the other that he may accept his other half as part of him.
Jesus tells us that our identity and our function are the same. We can only find our true Selves by finding and practicing our function. Our function then is to forgive in a world that does not know what it is. If we try to correct without knowing that forgiving and correction are the same thing, we accuse others, we find them guilty, and we seek punishment, loss, and sacrifice as a means to gratify ourselves over another’s wrongdoing. None of this makes the situation right or restores happiness or heals the Sonship. The systems we devise to catch the bad guys do nothing to correct the wrongdoing, to make things right, or to keep everybody safe, but rather serves as a means to maintain wrongdoing, to put a temporary bandage on a gaping wound, to give a pretense of safety. The correctional systems we adopt on a personal and governmental level operate on guilt and fresh blood which keep the operations real in our minds. It represents the wish to take God’s function away from Him and make it our own – and yet if correction is not His it cannot be ours, for we only lose when we would gain by God’s loss.
I cannot see you as myself in my humanity. Your purpose for being and your way of going about your purpose seem to be at great odds and highly diverse from mine! I can look at you and think of all kinds of ways to make you a better person. If only you did things the way I do them. If only you practiced the same religious rites and held the same religious beliefs. If only you would dress like me and talk like me and be a good person like me and mine! And because you are not like me, I will find a way to punish you for being different from me. Do not punish me for being different from you, for I am the innocent one here and you are the guilty one. It is not my fault we are different; it is all yours. I will not look for what makes us the same, what gives us the same purpose for being, what draws us together in laughter and love, and heals the Sonship. I will make you guilty so I can be innocent. I will make you strange so that I can be the normal one. I will laugh at you and mock you for your weirdness, I will find snide things to say about you, I will pick you apart in order for me to gain ground and feel good about myself.
In this frame of mind, my correction of you is only going to separate us because I am going to try to make you see me as the one in which you should strive to be. This is the function I give myself in this world. This is my specialness in all its glory. I am here to correct everyone else. To make them see me as special and acknowledge my specialness at the expense of their own worth and innocence.
But Christ did not call me to be sick and add to the sense of separation, sin, and specialness. Christ’s function is one of healing and restoration. My identity can only be found in Him and in the wholeness of the Christ Mind. As long as I am operating from a human perspective I will not know or experience that forgiveness and correction are one thing. It will always seem that forgiveness is a personal favor we are giving to a sinner and correction is a means to punish the guilty.
My lower mind based in the flesh realm, operating on ego principles will resist the high Mind of Christ. I will feel split between my holy perceptions and that which opposes holiness. The focus on the lower mind is always on your sins and how I can correct them by making them your sins and not mine. I may say vulgar words, express myself in coarse terms, focus on the negative, but these are simply mistakes that are easily overlooked and not noticed by me. But you are foul-mouthed; you are trash; you are depraved and a depriver of all joy. While my sins are rather cute and endearing and should, in all fairness not even be remarked upon, your sins deserve punishment, because yours make me sick.
I will be so busy finding sin in you that I will not realize my own accountability. You can never be one with me as long as I am finding guilt in you. You become a symbol of everything I hate and despise. Your rudeness, your filth, your bad manners become my source of pain and I like it this way because I do not want to be part of any Sonship that would make you any different than the ogre I made you out to be. Because in this way of thinking, my specialness can only be maintained by your guilt. I must keep you down for me to rise up. I fear healing. I want punishment for you, not healing. I would rather be sick and stay sick than see you as innocent, as washed clean, as forgiven.
This is where our need for a miracle comes in to deliver us from this sad state of sorrow, separation, and illusion. Jesus gives us an inside view of how it works in paragraph 14. Holy Spirit overrides our fear of healing by simply waiting it out until we recognize that we cannot be whole without each other. Holy Spirit does not force us to be one, He allows time and circumstance to bring to our remembrance the love we have for each other. He gives me and you the same function. We come to forgiveness. We stand up to our fear of healing. We get sick of being sick. I realize that I cannot be without you; you realize that you cannot be without me. We learn that forgiveness and correction are the same. We realize this as our joint function, something we must share – I cannot be healed without your healing. You cannot be healed without mine. Here we recognize the beauty, infinite patience, love, and intelligence in Holy Spirit’s devotion to us throughout our ignorant and disgraceful history. Here we recognize the purpose of time as perceived by Holiness.
Holy Spirit knows that correction and forgiveness are the same and He holds it in the High Mind of Christ within us. The lower mind cannot grasp this; it barely grasps the concept of forgiveness. In other words, simply practice your function of forgiveness and give all forms of correction to Holy Spirit. All of us eventually accept only the High Mind of Christ. It comes to us with age; it comes to us with experience; it comes to us in many forms but always the same content which is truth because it is Love and Love is God. And Love cannot be divided but only shared.
Holy Spirit has one single purpose in unifying the halves of us that we perceive as separate. As our lower mind gives way to the High Mind of Christ, so does our cherishment of guilt and punishment, martyrdom and sacrifice give way to correction, healing, happiness, to our wholeness as God’s Son.
 A Course in Miracles. Chapter 27 The healing of the dream ii the fear of healing 9-16. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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