A Course in Miracles Text Made Simple

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Chapter 30: The New Beginning

Section VII. The New Interpretation

Read A Course in Miracles, Chapter 30, Section VII. (pages 640-642)

Do all our many diverse interpretations of the world have any real meaning?

In paragraph one we see that the answer is no. Because the world is the effect of the thought of separation, and the thought of separation has no meaning to God, the world of separation has no meaning and is therefore meaningless. Throughout the Course we are told that the Holy Spirit sees only one value in this world and that value is forgiveness, or letting go of our perceptions of separation. Through Holy Spirit’s forgiveness, our perception of a world of separate bodies is undone and we return to the awareness of our changeless Reality.

What does the confusing experience of constant change mean?

The experience of constant change just means that the script that we are writing is constantly changing. When we write a constantly changing script, all we are doing is demonstrating the instability of the ego thought system we have joined with.

Jesus explains this clearly when he says, “What do your scripts reflect except your plans for what the day should be? And thus you judge disaster and success, advance, retreat, and gain and loss. These judgments all are made according to the roles the [separation] script assigns. The fact [that your judgments] have no meaning in themselves is demonstrated by the ease with which these labels change with other judgments, made on different aspects of experience. And then, in looking back, you think you see another meaning in what went before. What have you really done, except to show there was no meaning there? But you assigned a meaning in the light of goals that change, with every meaning shifting as [the goals] change.” (2:1-7)

How do we bring stability to this confusing experience that is constantly changing?

Jesus helps us see that we have written a script that reflects a purpose that is different from Holy Spirit’s one purpose. He explains: “Perception cannot be in constant flux, and make allowance for stability of meaning anywhere. Fear is a judgment never justified. Its presence has no meaning but to show [that] you wrote a fearful script, and are afraid accordingly. But not because the thing you fear has fearful meaning in itself.” (3:7-10) 

If we are to bring peace to our minds, we need to follow the constant purpose of the Holy Spirit’s lifting the veil of separation in order to stabilize our perception to see that only Love is there. In paragraph four we are told, “A common purpose (of seeing only the truth of Love’s oneness) is the only means whereby perception can be stabilized, and one interpretation given to the world and all experiences here. In this shared purpose is one judgment shared by everyone and everything you see. You do not have to judge, for you have learned one meaning has been given everything, and you are glad to see [Love] everywhere. [Love] cannot change because you would perceive It everywhere, unchanged by circumstance. And so you offer [Love] to all events, and let [these events of only Love] offer you stability.” (4:1-5)

What makes perception shift and meaning change?

Jesus answers this in paragraph five: “And it is this idea of different goals that makes perception shift and meaning change. In one united goal does this become impossible, for your agreement makes interpretation stabilize and last.” (5:5-6) When we choose a different goal than Love’s oneness and choose to write a script of separation instead, we ask for fear and pain instead of the peace and happiness that comes with our eternal Nature as one with God.

What meaning are we to give the thought of loss?

Jesus helps us let go of these thoughts when he tells us, “In any thought of loss there is no meaning. No one has agreed with you on what it means. It is a part of a distorted script, which cannot be interpreted with meaning. It must be forever unintelligible. This is not communication. Your dark dreams are but the senseless, isolated scripts you write in sleep.” (6:10-15 italics added)

What advice does Jesus give us to heal our fears and sense of uncertainty?

He asks us to give up our interpretations and judgments on what the world is for. He says, “It is but your interpretations which are lacking in stability, for they are not in line with what you really are. This is a state so seemingly unsafe that fear must rise. Do not continue thus, my brother. We have one Interpreter. And through His use of symbols are we joined, so that they mean the same to all of us. Our common language [of seeing only Love] lets us speak to all our brothers, and to understand with them forgiveness has been given to us all, and thus we can communicate again.” (7:3-8)

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