A COURSE IN MIRACLES

T-1.V Wholeness and Spirit

1. The miracle is much like the body in that both are learning aids for facilitating a state in which they become unnecessary. ²When spirit’s original state of direct communication is reached, neither the body nor the miracle serves any purpose. ³While you believe you are in a body, however, you can choose between loveless and miraculous channels of expression. ⁴You can make an empty shell, but you cannot express nothing at all. ⁵You can wait, delay, paralyse yourself or reduce your creativity almost to nothing. ⁶But you cannot abolish it. ⁷You can destroy your medium of communication, but not your potential. ⁸You did not create yourself.

Expanded

The miracle is much like the body in that both [miracle and body] are learning aids for facilitating a state in which they [miracle and body] become unnecessary. ²When spirit’s original state of direct communication is reached, neither the body nor the miracle serves any purpose. ³While you believe you are in a body, however, you can choose between loveless and miraculous channels of expression. ⁴You can make an empty shell, but you cannot express nothing at all. ⁵You can wait, delay, paralyse yourself or reduce your creativity almost to nothing. ⁶But you cannot abolish it [the body]. ⁷You can destroy your medium of communication, but [you can] not [destroy] your potential. ⁸You did not create yourself.

Substituted

The miracle is much like the body in that miracle and body are learning aids for facilitating a state in which miracle and body become unnecessary. ²When spirit’s original state of direct communication is reached, neither the body nor the miracle serves any purpose. ³While you believe you are in a body, however, you can choose between loveless and miraculous channels of expression. ⁴You can make an empty shell, but you cannot express nothing at all. ⁵You can wait, delay, paralyse yourself or reduce your creativity almost to nothing. ⁶But you cannot abolish the body. ⁷You can destroy your medium of communication, but you can not destroy your potential. ⁸You did not create yourself.

Simplified

The miracle and the body are learning aids. You can choose to express miracles. You did not create yourself.

2. The basic decision of the miracle-minded is not to wait on time any longer than is necessary. ²Time can waste as well as be wasted. ³The miracle worker, therefore, accepts the time-control factor gladly. ⁴He recognises that every collapse of time brings everyone closer to the ultimate release from time, in which the Son and the Father are One. ⁵Equality does not imply equality now. ⁶When everyone recognises that he has everything, individual contributions to the Sonship will no longer be necessary.

Expanded

The basic decision of the miracle-minded is not to wait on time any longer than is necessary. ²Time can waste as well as be wasted. ³The miracle worker, therefore, accepts the time-control factor gladly. ⁴He [the miracle worker] recognises that every collapse of time brings everyone closer to the ultimate release from time, in which [release from time] the Son and the Father are One. ⁵Equality does not imply equality now. ⁶When everyone recognises that he [one] has everything, individual contributions to the Sonship will no longer be necessary.

Substituted

The basic decision of the miracle-minded is not to wait on time any longer than is necessary. ²Time can waste as well as be wasted. ³The miracle worker, therefore, accepts the time-control factor gladly. ⁴The miracle worker recognises that every collapse of time brings everyone closer to the ultimate release from time; in release from time the Son and the Father are One. ⁵Equality does not imply equality now. ⁶When everyone recognises that one has everything, individual contributions to the Sonship will no longer be necessary.

Simplified

Collapse time by recognising you have everything. Every collapse brings everyone closer to knowledge of oneness.

Commentary

(1–5) We could use time on our behalf by regarding the world of linear time as a classroom in which we learn that there is no time. (Wapnick, A.V.I., p.129.)

3. When the Atonement has been completed, all talents will be shared by all the Sons of God. ²God is not partial. ³All His children have His total Love, and all His gifts are freely given to everyone alike. ⁴“Except ye become as little children” means that unless you fully recognise your complete dependence on God, you cannot know the real power of the Son in his true relationship with the Father. ⁵The specialness of God’s Sons does not stem from exclusion but from inclusion. ⁶All my brothers are special. ⁷If they believe they are deprived of anything, their perception becomes distorted. ⁸When this occurs the whole family of God, or the Sonship, is impaired in its relationships.

Expanded

When the Atonement has been completed, all talents will be shared by all the Sons of God. ²God is not partial. ³All His [God’s] children have His [God’s] total Love, and all His [God’s] gifts are freely given to everyone alike. ⁴“Except ye become as little children” means that unless you fully recognise your complete dependence on God, you cannot know the real power of the Son in his [the Son’s] true relationship with the Father. ⁵The specialness of God’s Sons does not stem from exclusion but from inclusion. ⁶All my brothers are special. ⁷If they [my brothers] believe they [my brothers] are deprived of anything, their [my brothers’] perception becomes distorted. ⁸When this occurs [perception becomes distorted] the whole family of God, or the Sonship, is impaired in its [the family of God’s] relationships.

Substituted

When the Atonement has been completed, all talents will be shared by all the Sons of God. ²God is not partial. ³All God’s children have God’s total Love, and all God’s gifts are freely given to everyone alike. ⁴“Except ye become as little children” means that unless you fully recognise your complete dependence on God, you cannot know the real power of the Son in the Son’s true relationship with the Father. ⁵The specialness of God’s Sons does not stem from exclusion but from inclusion. ⁶All my brothers are special. ⁷If my brothers believe my brothers are deprived of anything, my brothers’ perception becomes distorted. ⁸When perception becomes distorted the whole family of God, or the Sonship, is impaired in the family of God’s relationships.

Simplified

All are children of God. All are dependent on God. All share God’s gifts equally. All are special. Do not believe you are deprived of anything. Believing in deprivation distorts perceptions. Distorted perceptions create distorted relationships.

Commentary

(4) Since guilt makes God into an ememy, recognising our dependency on Him, which we have denied, can only occur when our inherent guiltlessness as God’s children is accepted. At this point, we are able to identify with our invulnerability as spirit, the prerequisite for forgiveness. This quotation of Jesus does not refer to the so-called innocence of children. As we have seen, children are born into the world with the same fullly developed egos we experience as adults. The perceived “innocence” is nothing more than the projection of the innocence that we feel has been lost in the infancy of the ego’s exsitence, when the separation occurred. (Wapnick, F.A.J., p. 171.)

(6) Without guilt’s demand to see others as separate from us, we are free to affirm our inherent unity in the Sonship of God … Jesus’ lack of ego enabled him to have no special relationships. In his perception, none of his brothers or sisters was special. (Wapnick, F.A.J., p.184.)

(6) The we–they battlefield … hating and attacking the other group … Thus its [the Course’s] students often confuse form with content, and forget Jesus’ statement in the text that “All my brothers are special” (Wapnick, L.D.N.C., p.590.)

(6) The “special” person of the Course is Jesus or the Holy Spirit; that is, the internal presence of God’s love that, again, leads Jesus to state that all his “brothers are special”. (Wapnick, L.D.N.C., p.593.)

(6) The true teacher of God … is not one with a special mission, nor a special gift to give others special messages of wisdom. Rather, it is to remind others of the choice they may make to separate filnally from the ego’s specialness and to join Jesus’ love. Thus Jesus in reïnforcing for his students the idea that no one is more special than any other. (Wapnick, FCTL, p. 111.)

4. Ultimately, every member of the family of God must return. ²The miracle calls him to return because it blesses and honours him, even though he may be absent in spirit. ³“God is not mocked” is not a warning but a reässurance. ⁴God would be mocked if any of His creations lacked holiness. ⁵The creation is whole, and the mark of wholeness is holiness. ⁶Miracles are affirmations of Sonship, which is a state of completion and abundance.

Expanded

Ultimately, every member of the family of God must return. ²The miracle calls him [a member of the family of God] to return because it [the miracle] blesses and honours him [a member of the family of God], even though he [a member of the family of God] may be absent in spirit. ³“God is not mocked” is not a warning but a reässurance. ⁴God would be mocked if any of His [God’s] creations lacked holiness. ⁵The creation is whole, and the mark of wholeness is holiness. ⁶Miracles are affirmations of Sonship, which is a state of completion and abundance.

Substituted

Ultimately, every member of the family of God must return. ²The miracle calls a member of the family of God to return because the miracle blesses and honours a member of the family of God, even though a member of the family of God may be absent in spirit. ³“God is not mocked” is not a warning but a reässurance. ⁴God would be mocked if any of God’s creations lacked holiness. ⁵The creation is whole, and the mark of wholeness is holiness. ⁶Miracles are affirmations of Sonship, which is a state of completion and abundance.

Simplified

All of God’s creations are holy. The miracles calls every member of the family of God to return to a state of completion and abundance.

5. Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot change or be changed. ²Spirit is therefore unalterable because it is already perfect, but the mind can elect what it chooses to serve. ³The only limit put on its choice is that it cannot serve two masters. ⁴If it elects to do so, the mind can become the medium by which spirit creates along the line of its own creation. ⁵If it does not freely elect to do so, it retains its creative potential but places itself under tyrannous rather than Authoritative control. ⁶As a result it imprisons, because such are the dictates of tyrants. ⁷To change your mind means to place it at the disposal of true Authority.

Expanded

Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot change or be changed. ²Spirit is therefore unalterable because it [spirit] is already perfect, but the mind can elect what it [the mind] chooses to serve. ³The only limit put on its [the mind’s] choice is that it [the mind] cannot serve two masters. ⁴If it [the mind] elects to do so [become the medium by which spirit creates], the mind can become the medium by which spirit creates along the line of its [spirit’s] own creation. ⁵If it [the mind] does not freely elect to do so [become the medium by which spirit creates], it [the mind] retains its [the mind’s] creative potential but places itself [the mind’s self] under tyrannous rather than Authoritative control. ⁶As a result it [the mind] imprisons, because such [to imprison] are the dictates of tyrants. ⁷To change your mind means to place it [your mind] at the disposal of true Authority.

Substituted

Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot change or be changed. ²Spirit is therefore unalterable because spirit is already perfect, but the mind can elect what the mind chooses to serve. ³The only limit put on the mind’s choice is that the mind cannot serve two masters. ⁴If the mind elects to become the medium by which spirit creates, the mind can become the medium by which spirit creates along the line of spirit’s own creation. ⁵If it the mind does not freely elect to become the medium by which spirit creates, the mind retains the mind’s creative potential but places the mind under tyrannous rather than Authoritative control. ⁶As a result the mind imprisons, because to imprison is the dictate of tyrants. ⁷To change your mind means to place it [your mind] at the disposal of true Authority.

Simplified

The mind can choose to create the same way the spirit creates. Or the mind can become a tyrant and imprison you.

6. The miracle is a sign that the mind has chosen to be led by me in Christ’s service. ²The abundance of Christ is the natural result of choosing to follow Him. ³All shallow roots must be uprooted, because they are not deep enough to sustain you. ⁴The illusion that shallow roots can be deepened, and thus made to hold, is one of the distortions on which the reverse of the Golden Rule rests. ⁵As these false underpinnings are given up, the equilibrium is temporarily experienced as unstable. ⁶However, nothing is less stable than an upside-down orientation. ⁷Nor can anything that holds it upside down be conducive to increased stability.

Expanded

The miracle is a sign that the mind has chosen to be led by me in Christ’s service. ²The abundance of Christ is the natural result of choosing to follow Him [Christ]. ³All shallow roots must be uprooted, because they [shallow roots] are not deep enough to sustain you. ⁴The illusion that shallow roots can be deepened, and thus made to hold, is one of the distortions on which the reverse of the Golden Rule rests. ⁵As these false underpinnings [shallow roots] are given up, the equilibrium is temporarily experienced as unstable. ⁶However, nothing is less stable than an upside-down orientation. ⁷Nor can anything that holds it [orientation] upside down be conducive to increased stability.

Substituted

The miracle is a sign that the mind has chosen to be led by me in Christ’s service. ²The abundance of Christ is the natural result of choosing to follow Christ. ³All shallow roots must be uprooted, because shallow roots are not deep enough to sustain you. ⁴The illusion that shallow roots can be deepened, and thus made to hold, is one of the distortions on which the reverse of the Golden Rule rests. ⁵As the false underpinnings of shallow roots are given up, the equilibrium is temporarily experienced as unstable. ⁶However, nothing is less stable than an upside-down orientation. ⁷Nor can anything that holds orientation upside down be conducive to increased stability.

Simplified

Following Christ gives the abundance of Christ. The abundance of Christ will keep you stable.


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