A Course in Miracles Text Made Simple

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Chapter 25: The Justice of God

Section III. Perception and Choice

Read A Course in Miracles, Chapter 25, Section III. (pages 523-525)

What is perception’s fundamental law?

Jesus tells us, “…perception’s fundamental law: You see what you believe is there, and you believe it there because you want it there.” (1:3) God’s law, on the other hand says that …“Love creates Itself, and nothing but Itself.” (1:6) Here we are told that we see a world of separate bodies because we want separate bodies to be real. We see what we want to see. As we open to the truth, we see that only God’s eternal Love is real because that is all that has ever been created by God. This is the thought reversal that the Holy Spirit leads us to as we are willing to listen to our true Self. Once we join with the one purpose of the Holy Spirit, we find that there is no choice — only what God creates could ever be real.

Why does Jesus say that there are two who make the world?

Because God could not enter His Son’s insanity with him, He sent the Holy Spirit — the Corrector of all our mistaken thoughts — to help us return to the Truth as we are willing to have our mistaken thoughts corrected. The Holy Spirit came with us into our dream of separation to reverse the purpose of the world from one of seeing specialness (uniqueness and guilt) to a world where we see only innocence and unity.

Jesus explains it this way: “There is another purpose in the world that error made, because it has another Maker Who can reconcile its goal with His Creator’s purpose. In His perception of the world, nothing is seen but justifies forgiveness and the sight of perfect sinlessness.” (5:1-2)

In Lesson 192 Jesus expands on the Holy Spirit’s role in this world: “Yet God created One Who has the power to translate in form the wholly formless. What He makes are dreams, but of a kind so close to waking that the light of day already shines in them, and eyes already opening behold the joyful sights their offerings contain.” (W-pI.192.3:5-6)

When does Heaven’s Help come to help us?

Heaven’s Help comes to us when we are willing to choose to accept the help that is always there. It is very encouraging to learn that we are never alone and that we need not stay lost in dreams of specialness. “The time he chooses can be any time, for help is there, awaiting but his choice.” (6:4)

What happens when we choose to avail ourselves of the help given us?

As we accept the help, “…then will he see each situation that he thought before was means to justify his anger turned to an event which justifies his love. He will hear plainly that the calls to war he heard before are really calls to peace. He will perceive that where he gave attack is but another altar where he can, with equal ease and far more happiness, bestow forgiveness. And he will reinterpret all temptation as just another chance to bring him joy.” (6:5-8)

As we accept Holy Spirit’s help, what do our brother’s errors become to us?

Jesus tells us, “Let all your brother’s errors be to you nothing except a chance for you to see the workings of the Helper given you to see the world He made instead of yours.” (7:2) The Holy Spirit always sees past the error’s of the world to the eternal innocence that is always the truth. The Holy Spirit remembers for us that everyone is still perfect Love, as God created them. The Holy Spirit remembers that nothing has really happened to change God’s one Son. When we truly want to see innocence instead of guilt, that is what we will see. When we accept Christ’s vision we will see Christ’s vision. This is what the Holy Spirit brings to us as we are willing to see the real world.

Jesus tells us, “The Maker of the world of gentleness has perfect power to offset the world of violence and hate that seems to stand between you and His gentleness. It (the world of violence and hate) is not there in His forgiving eyes. And therefore it need not be there in yours. Sin is the fixed belief perception cannot change. What has been damned is damned and damned forever, being forever unforgivable. If, then, it is forgiven, sin’s perception must have been wrong. And thus is change made possible.” (8:1-7)

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