A COURSE IN MIRACLES

T-1.IV The Escape from Darkness

1. The escape from darkness involves two stages: First, the recognition that darkness cannot hide. ²This step usually entails fear. ³Second, the recognition that there is nothing you want to hide even if you could. ⁴This step brings escape from fear. ⁵When you have become willing to hide nothing, you will not only be willing to enter into communion but will also understand peace and joy.

Expanded

The escape from darkness involves two stages: First [stage], the recognition that darkness cannot hide. ²This step [recognising that darkness cannot hide] usually entails fear. ³Second [stage], the recognition that there is nothing you want to hide even if you could [hide something]. ⁴This step [recognising there is nothing you want to hide] brings escape from fear. ⁵When you have become willing to hide nothing, you will not only be willing to enter into communion but will also understand peace and joy.

Substituted

The escape from darkness involves two stages: First stage, the recognition that darkness cannot hide. ²Recognising that darkness cannot hide usually entails fear. ³Second stage, the recognition that there is nothing you want to hide even if you could hide something. ⁴Recognising there is nothing you want to hide brings escape from fear. ⁵When you have become willing to hide nothing, you will not only be willing to enter into communion but will also understand peace and joy.

Simplified

First recognise darkness cannot hide. Second recognise there is nothing you want to hide. This is escape from fear. You will understand peace and joy.

2. Holiness can never be really hidden in darkness, but you can deceive yourself about it. ²This deception makes you fearful because you realise in your heart it is a deception, and you exert enormous efforts to establish its reality. ³The miracle sets reality where it belongs. ⁴Reality belongs only to spirit, and the miracle acknowledges only truth. ⁵It thus dispels illusions about yourself, and puts you in communion with yourself and God. ⁶The miracle joins in the Atonement by placing the mind in the service of the Holy Spirit. ⁷This establishes the proper function of the mind and corrects its errors, which are merely lacks of love. ⁸Your mind can be possessed by illusions, but spirit is eternally free. ⁹If a mind perceives without love, it perceives an empty shell and is unaware of the spirit within. ¹⁰But the Atonement restores spirit to its proper place. ¹¹The mind that serves spirit is invulnerable.

Expanded

Holiness can never be really hidden in darkness, but you can deceive yourself about it [that holiness can be hidden in darkness]. ²This deception [that holiness can be hidden in darkness] makes you fearful because you realise in your heart it [the deception that holiness can be hidden in darkness] is a deception, and you exert enormous efforts to establish its [holiness’s] reality. ³The miracle sets reality where it [the reality] belongs. ⁴Reality belongs only to spirit, and the miracle acknowledges only truth. ⁵It [the miracle] thus dispels illusions about yourself, and puts you in communion with yourself and God. ⁶The miracle joins in the Atonement by placing the mind in the service of the Holy Spirit. ⁷This [placing the mind in the service of the Holy Spirit] establishes the proper function of the mind and corrects its [the mind’s] errors, which are merely lacks of love. ⁸Your mind can be possessed by illusions, but spirit is eternally free. ⁹If a mind perceives without love, it [the mind] perceives an empty shell and [the mind] is unaware of the spirit within. ¹⁰But the Atonement restores spirit to its [spirit’s] proper place. ¹¹The mind that serves spirit is invulnerable.

Substituted

Holiness can never be really hidden in darkness, but you can deceive yourself that holiness can be hidden in darkness. ²The deception that holiness can be hidden in darkness makes you fearful because you realise in your heart the deception that holiness can be hidden in darkness is a deception, and you exert enormous efforts to establish the deception-of-holiness-hidden-in-darkness’s reality. ³The miracle sets reality where reality belongs. ⁴Reality belongs only to spirit, and the miracle acknowledges only truth. ⁵The miracle thus dispels illusions about yourself, and puts you in communion with yourself and God. ⁶The miracle joins in the Atonement by placing the mind in the service of the Holy Spirit. ⁷Placing the mind in the service of the Holy Spirit establishes the proper function of the mind and corrects the mind’s errors, which are merely lacks of love. ⁸Your mind can be possessed by illusions, but spirit is eternally free. ⁹If a mind perceives without love, the mind perceives an empty shell and the mind is unaware of the spirit within. ¹⁰But the Atonement restores spirit to spirit’s proper place. ¹¹The mind that serves spirit is invulnerable.

Simplified

Don’t try to hide holiness in darkness. A miracle brings correction to errors. A miracle brings reality, truth and love to the mind. The mind becomes invulnerable.

3. Darkness is lack of light as sin is lack of love. ²It has no unique properties of its own. ³It is an example of the ‘scarcity’ belief, from which only error can proceed. ⁴Truth is always abundant. ⁵Those who perceive and acknowledge that they have everything have no needs of any kind. ⁶The purpose of the Atonement is to restore everything to you; or rather, to restore it to your awareness. ⁷You were given everything when you were created, just as everyone was.

Expanded

Darkness is lack of light as sin is lack of love. ²It [darkness] has no unique properties of its [darkness’s] own. ³It [darkness] is an example of the ‘scarcity’ belief, from which only error can proceed. ⁴Truth is always abundant. ⁵Those who perceive and acknowledge that they [perceivers and acknowledgers] have everything have no needs of any kind. ⁶The purpose of the Atonement is to restore everything to you; or rather, to restore it [everything] to your awareness. ⁷You were given everything when you were created, just as everyone was [given everything when they were created].

Substituted

Darkness is lack of light as sin is lack of love. ²Darkness has no unique properties of darkness’s own. ³Darkness is an example of the ‘scarcity’ belief, from which only error can proceed. ⁴Truth is always abundant. ⁵Those who perceive and acknowledge that perceivers and acknowledgers have everything have no needs of any kind. ⁶The purpose of the Atonement is to restore everything to you; or rather, to restore everything to your awareness. ⁷You were given everything when you were created, just as everyone was given everything when they were created.

Simplified

You have everything. The Atonement makes you aware you always have had everthing. You don’t need anything else.

Commentary

(1) Guilt arises from sin, which the Course defines at one point as lack of love, the post-separation condition. (Wapnick, F.A.J., p. 16.)

(4) Until the moment of birth, the fetus has little or no awareness of itself as a separate being. It does not desire, since its basic physiological needs are met by and through the mother. In this respect, and this respect only, life in the womb is similar to the state of paradise described in the second chapter of Genesis where Adam wanted for nothing, all having been given by God, reflecting what A Course in Miracles refers to as the principle of abundance. In a state without lack there can be no sense of separation or ‘otherness’. (Wapnick, A.A.C., p.100.)

4. The emptiness engendered by fear must be replaced by forgiveness. ²That is what the Bible means by “There is no death”, and why I could demonstrate that death does not exist. ³I came to fulfill the law by reïnterpreting it. ⁴The law itself, if properly understood, offers only protection. ⁵It is those who have not yet changed their minds who brought the ‘hell-fire’ concept into it. ⁶I assure you that I will witness for anyone who lets me, and to whatever extent he permits it. ⁷Your witnessing demonstrates your belief, and thus strengthens it. ⁸Those who witness for me are expressing, through their miracles, that they have abandoned the belief in deprivation in favour of the abundance they have learned belongs to them.

Expanded

The emptiness engendered by fear must be replaced by forgiveness. ²That [fear must be replaced by forgiveness] is what the Bible means by “There is no death”, and why I could demonstrate that death does not exist. ³I came to fulfill the law by reïnterpreting it [the law]. ⁴The law itself [law’s self], if properly understood, offers only protection. ⁵It is those [yet-unchanged-minds] who have not yet changed their [yet-unchanged] minds who brought the ‘hell-fire’ concept into it [the law]. ⁶I assure you that I will witness for anyone who lets me, and to whatever extent he [the one letting me witness] permits it [me to witness]. ⁷Your witnessing demonstrates your belief, and thus strengthens it [your belief]. ⁸Those who witness for me are expressing, through their [witnessers’] miracles, that they [witnessers] have abandoned the belief in deprivation in favour of the abundance they [witnessers] have learned belongs to them [witnessers].

Substituted

The emptiness engendered by fear must be replaced by forgiveness. ²Fear must be replaced by forgiveness is what the Bible means by “There is no death”, and why I could demonstrate that death does not exist. ³I came to fulfill the law by reïnterpreting the law. ⁴The law law’s self, if properly understood, offers only protection. ⁵It is those with not-yet-changed-minds who brought the ‘hell-fire’ concept into the law. ⁶I assure you that I will witness for anyone who lets me, and to whatever extent the one letting me witness for permits me to witness. ⁷Your witnessing demonstrates your belief, and thus strengthens your belief. ⁸Those who witness for me are expressing, through witnessers’ miracles, that witnessers have abandoned the belief in deprivation in favour of the abundance witnessers have learned belongs to witnessers for me.

Simplified

Forgiveness replaces fear. There is no death. The law was for protection. There was no hell-fire in the law. Allow me to witness for you. Abandon belief in deprivation. Witnessing for me strengthens your belief. Witnesses for me have abundance.


T-1.III Atonement and MiraclesT-1.V Wholeness and Spirit