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ACIM CHAPTER 30 THE NEW BEGINNING IV. The Truth Behind Illusions

ACIM CHAPTER 30 IV. The Truth Behind Illusions

1. You will attack what does not satisfy, and thus you will not see you made it up. You always fight illusions. For the truth behind them is so lovely and so still in loving gentleness, were you aware of it you would forget defensiveness entirely, and rush to its embrace. The truth could never be attacked. And this you knew when you made idols. They were made that this might be forgotten. You attack but false ideas, and never truthful ones. All idols are the false ideas you made to fill the gap you think arose between yourself and what is true. And you attack them for the things you think they represent. What lies beyond them cannot be attacked.

2. The wearying, dissatisfying gods you made are blown-up children’s toys. A child is frightened when a wooden head springs up as a closed box is opened suddenly, or when a soft and silent woolly bear begins to squeak as he takes hold of it. The rules he made for boxes and for bears have failed him and have broken his “control” of what surrounds him. And he is afraid because he thought the rules protected him. Now must he learn the boxes and the bears did not deceive him, broke no rules, nor mean his world is made chaotic and unsafe. He was mistaken. He misunderstood what made him safe and thought that it had left.

3. The gap that is not there is filled with toys in countless forms. And each one seems to break the rules you set for it. It never was the thing you thought. It must appear to break your rules for safety, since the rules were wrong. But you are not endangered. You can laugh at popping heads and squeaking toys, as does the child who learns they are no threat to him. Yet while he likes to play with them, he still perceives them as obeying rules he made for his enjoyment. So there still are rules that they can seem to break and frighten him. Yet is he at the mercy of his toys? And can they represent a threat to him?

4. Reality observes the laws of God, and not the rules you set. It is His laws that guarantee your safety. All illusions that you believe about yourself obey no laws. They seem to dance a little while, according to the rules you set for them. But then they fall and cannot rise again. They are but toys, my child, so do not grieve for them. Their dancing never brought you joy. But neither were they things to frighten you, nor make you safe if they obeyed your rules. They must be neither cherished nor attacked, but merely looked upon as children’s toys without a single meaning of their own. See one in them and you will see them all. See none in them and they will touch you not.

5. Appearances deceive because they are appearances and not reality. Dwell not on them in any form. They but obscure reality, and they bring fear because they hide truth. Do not attack what you have made to let you be deceived, for thus you prove that you have been deceived. Attack has power to make illusions real. Yet what it makes is nothing. Who could be made fearful by a power that can have no real effects at all? What could it be but an illusion, making things appear like to itself? Look calmly at its toys and understand that they are idols which but dance to vain desires. Give them not your worship, for they are not there. Yet this is equally forgotten in attack. God’s Son needs no defense against his dreams. His idols do not threaten him at all. His one mistake is that he thinks them real. What can the power of illusions do?

6. Appearances can but deceive the mind that wants to be deceived. And you can make a simple choice that will forever place you far beyond deception. You need not concern yourself with how this will be done, for this you cannot understand. But you will understand that mighty changes have been quickly brought about when you decide one very simple thing: you do not want whatever you believe an idol gives. For thus the Son of God declares that he is free of idols. And thus is he free.

7. Salvation is a paradox indeed! What could it be except a happy dream? It asks you but that you forgive all things that no one ever did; to overlook what is not there, and not to look upon the unreal as reality. You are but asked to let your will be done and seek no longer for the things you do not want. And you are asked to let yourself be free of all the dreams of what you never were and seek no more to substitute the strength of idle wishes for the Will of God.

8. Here does the dream of separation start to fade and disappear. For here the gap that is not there begins to be perceived without the toys of terror that you made. No more than this is asked. Be glad indeed salvation asks so little, not so much. It asks for nothing in reality. And even in illusions it but asks forgiveness be the substitute for fear. Such is the only rule for happy dreams. The gap is emptied of the toys of fear, and then its unreality is plain. Dreams are for nothing. And the Son of God can have no need of them. They offer him no single thing that he could ever want. He is delivered from illusions by his will, and but restored to what he is. What could God’s plan for his salvation be, except a means to give him to Himself? [1]

Salvation is the simple coming to Christ moment when we realize that the perceptual realm is the place where our minds experience the impossible; the things that simply cannot be; the place where the ever-loving come to mistrust each other and betray; the place where the ever well and lasting come to get sick and fade away; the place where Creation learns an opposite to What can never be opposed. 

We can only be happy in such a place when we think of it as a dream full of dream figures, circumstances, and events that would keep us in a state divided between the good and evil, the love and hate, the peace and war, the joy and the sorrow.  Bewildered, uncertain, and mistrustful, we can never find our reality in each other or in God for you are not you in the place of opposition and opposites and God is not God.  In such a state we make up crazy stories and substitute them for truth.  We try to find answers in a place where every bit of pleasantness is canceled out by all the grief that rises to take its place.  Attach ourselves to any little thing with the sure knowledge that our love and cherishment will turn to some form of boredom, sorrow, hatred, or hostility over time.  All that would make us smart ends up dumbing us down. All that would make us well, sickens us.  All that promises life ends up in the grave. 

Salvation then becomes a simple matter of remembering the truth of who we are.  As perfect Sons of God our dreams cannot defile or defeat us.  We are as we were created and ever will be.  When we begin to see the perceptual world as a toddler’s dream, as we become awake in a dream state of babies who have lost their way, who have made a world unfit for all who know their worth, who have never weaned themselves from frightful tales of terror and the crypt – we do what we must to reach for the truth behind the dream.  We forgive the mistaken world. We forgive its wars and senseless bloodshed; we forgive its rape and incest; we forgive its gods and devils; we forgive its broken promises, its loneliness, and despair. 

In reaching for the truth behind the illusion, we assert that on the other side of childish dreams of counterparts, of specialness, and having more is the light that never fades; the love that never fails; the joy that never turns to sorrow. Today we can make a simple choice that delivers us from all deception about the world.  Understanding will come only as we practice our devotion and commitment to the truth behind it all.  We take a stand against the dream and all it would offer us in place of the Reality of God. We do not want whatever we thought that it would offer us.  We do not want its fame or riches; we do not want its status or its so-called pleasures. We do not want anything from it at all.  We are through with idols and with all we thought that serving them would bring us.  And in our declaration of freedom, the Son of God is free.   

Our liberty begins where the dream of separation starts to fade and disappear.  Here is where the gap that comes between us is no longer filled with deceit, betrayals, mockery, and scorn.  In the space I see between us I no longer see weapons that would destroy me, shatter my peace, and steal my joy.  And soon my happy dream yields to reality and when I see you, I see myself and the Sonship which has no need for division and deceit.  Divisive dreams divide us and divided we are but wisps of vapor that come and go and leave but a bad or sad hint of waste and whatnot.

Today give up your dream of idols and be restored to your reality in Christ – the beautiful holy and created Son to Him Who gives us everything.


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 30 The new beginning iv the truth behind illusions. 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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