ACIM CLARICATION OF TERMS 4. TRUE PERCEPION-KNOWLEDGE

ACIM CLARIFICATION OF TERMS 4. True Perception-Knowledge

1. The world you see is an illusion of a world. God did not create it, for what He creates must be eternal as Himself. Yet there is nothing in the world you see that will endure forever. Some things will last in time a little while longer than others. But the time will come when all things visible will have an end.

2. The body’s eyes are therefore not the means by which the real world can be seen, for the illusions that they look upon must lead to more illusions of reality. And so they do. For everything they see not only will not last but lends itself to thoughts of sin and guilt. While everything that God created is forever without sin and therefore is forever without guilt.

3. Knowledge is not the remedy for false perception since, being another level, they can never meet. The one correction possible for false perception must be true perception. It will not endure. But for the time it lasts it comes to heal. For true perception is a remedy with many names. Forgiveness, salvation, Atonement, true perception, all are one. They are the one beginning, with the end to lead to oneness far beyond themselves. True perception is the means by which the world is saved from sin, for sin does not exist. And it is this that true perception sees.

4. The world stands like a block before Christ’s face. But true perception looks on it as nothing more than just a fragile veil, so easily dispelled that it can last no longer than an instant. It is seen at last for only what it is. And now it cannot fail to disappear, for now there is an empty place made clean and ready. Where destruction was perceived the face of Christ appears, and in that instant is the world forgot, with time forever ended as the world spins into nothingness from where it came.

5. A world forgiven cannot last. It was the home of bodies. But forgiveness looks past bodies. This is its holiness; this is how it heals. The world of bodies is the world of sin, for only if there were a body is sin possible. From sin comes guilt as surely as forgiveness takes all guilt away. And once all guilt is gone what more remains to keep a separated world in place? For place has gone as well, along with time. Only the body makes the world seem real for being separate it could not remain where separation is impossible. Forgiveness proves it is impossible because it sees it not. And what you then will overlook will not be understandable to you, just as its presence once had been your certainty.

6. This is the shift that true perception brings: What was projected out is seen within, and there forgiveness lets it disappear. For there the altar to the Son is set, and there his Father is remembered. Here are all illusions brought to truth and laid upon the altar. What is seen outside must be beyond forgiveness, for it seems to be forever sinful. Where is hope while sin is seen as outside? What remedy can guilt expect? But seen within your mind, guilt and forgiveness for an instant lie together, side by side, upon one altar. There at last are sickness and its single remedy joined in one healing brightness. God has come to claim His Own. Forgiveness is complete.

7. And now God’s knowledge, changeless, certain, pure, and wholly understandable, enters its kingdom. Gone is perception, false and true alike. Gone is forgiveness, for its task is done. And gone are bodies in the blazing light upon the altar to the Son of God. God knows it is His Own, as it is his. And here They join, for here the face of Christ has shone away time’s final instant, and now is the last perception of the world without a purpose and without a cause. For where God’s memory has come at last there is no journey, no belief in sin, no walls, no bodies, and the grim appeal of guilt and death is there snuffed out forever.

8. O my brothers, if you only knew the peace that will envelope you and hold you safe and pure and lovely in the Mind of God, you could but rush to meet Him where His altar is. Hallowed your Name and His, for they are joined here in this holy place. Here He leans down to lift you up to Him, out of illusions into holiness; out of the world and to eternity; out of all fear and given back to love.[1]

Developing true perception is developing the awareness of the illusion. We begin to experience our humanity as the illusion it is. We may come to this awareness through pain and sorrow, suffering and shame; or we may awaken to true perception when we reach the apexes of human achievement and find them to be nothing.  True perception is still perception, but it is honest fiction – like a great work of literature, it does not profess to be truth – but rather using the same symbols and words and perceptions helps to recall the truth. We still perceive but what we choose to perceive is beyond what is apparent to eyes designed to perceive illusions.

What we are seeking here is an experience of truth, of knowledge, of perceiving rightly. We prepare for this experience by training our mind and our heart to get past the fear of God and to the love of God. We relax into our memories of the Creator. We honor our Spirit and our spiritual yearnings. No longer willing to drown out the Voice for God within with the clatter and clamor of the world, we make a time and a place for Holy Spirit in our minds, in our hearts, in our daily lives. We no longer hide our God seeking. Openly we profess our love for Him; we devote our hearts to Him; we return our minds to Him.

And now the veil that blocked the Face of Christ in you is swept away, and you are no longer dangerous to me, you are not destructible, you are not crucifiable, and all the ways in which you were those things is gone for you are God’s Son, the Christ even as Jesus was the Christ, even as I am the Christ. This is what it means to accept Christ, to become Christ, to accept the love of God the Father and the Son. We look past the lies of this world, the spaces and outlines between us and we see the place where separation is impossible! 

The world is no longer “out there,” but in here and in my Mind of Christ, through the eyes of Christ, the world where you were a threat to me, where your specialness stole my bliss and your meanness, rivalry, jealousy, and spite bore me ill – forgiveness washes clean. In here, in my Mind of Christ, we remember who and what we really are to each other and to God – in here, in my Mind of Christ, the unity of Brotherhood, of Sonship, does away with separation forever. 

This is our gift from God. It is His Will that we remember our Sonship and our Brotherhood, that we perceive each other as brothers, as holy, as Spirit, and as divine. Until this happens we cannot know God.  We cannot get beyond perception – we cannot escape the illusion of me being apart from you and you being apart from me. 

In your personal devotional practice today, carefully consider the last sentence of paragraph seven: For where God’s memory has come at last there is no journey; no belief in sin, no walls, no bodies, and the grim appeal of guilt and death is there snuffed out forever![2]  We return to God through our willingness to see only the divine in one another, to offer forgiveness, to show mercy,  and to extend His grace. Ask that our minds be lifted up to God and given back to His Love.


[1] A Course in Miracles. Clarification of terms. 4. True perception—knowledge. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

[2] A Course in Miracles. Clarification of terms. 4. Forgiveness-the face of Christ 7:7. 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 eckief@yahoo.com.

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