A COURSE IN MIRACLES

T-3.V Beyond Perception

1. I have said that the abilities you possess are only shadows of your real strength, and that perception, which is inherently judgemental, was introduced only after the separation. ²No one has been sure of anything since. ³I have also made it clear that the resurrection was the means for the return to knowledge, which was accomplished by the union of my will with the Father’s. ⁴We can now establish a distinction that will clarify some of our subsequent statements.

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I have said that the abilities you possess are only shadows of your real strength, and that perception, which [perception] is inherently judgemental, was introduced only after the separation. ²No one has been sure of anything since. ³I have also made it clear that the resurrection was the means for the return to knowledge, which [resurrection] was accomplished by the union of my will with the Father’s [will]. ⁴We can now establish a distinction that will clarify some of our subsequent statements.

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I have said that the abilities you possess are only shadows of your real strength; and that perception — perception is inherently judgmental — was introduced only after the separation. ²No one has been sure of anything since. ³I have also made it clear that the resurrection was the means for the return to knowledge; resurrection was accomplished by the union of my will with the Father’s will. ⁴We can now establish a distinction that will clarify some of our subsequent statements.

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Your abilities are shadows of your real strength. Perception is judgemental. Perception was introduced after the separation. Resurrection is the means for return to knowledge. Resurrection was accomplished by my will being united with the Father’s will.

2. Since the separation, the words ‘create’ and ‘make’ have become confused. ²When you make something, you do so out of a specific sense of lack or need. ³Anything made for a specific purpose has no true generalisability. ⁴When you make something to fill a perceived lack, you are tacitly implying that you believe in separation. ⁵The ego has invented many ingenious thought systems for this purpose. ⁶None of them is creative. ⁷Inventiveness is wasted effort even in its most ingenious form. ⁸The highly specific nature of invention is not worthy of the abstract creativity of God’s creations.

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Since the separation, the words ‘create’ and ‘make’ have become confused. ²When you make something, you do so [make something] out of a specific sense of lack or need. ³Anything made for a specific purpose has no true generalisability. ⁴When you make something to fill a perceived lack, you are tacitly implying that you believe in separation. ⁵The ego has invented many ingenious thought systems for this purpose [of believing in separation]. ⁶None of them [the ego’s ingenious thought systems] is creative. ⁷Inventiveness is wasted effort even in its [inventiveness’s] most ingenious form. ⁸The highly specific nature of invention is not worthy of the abstract creativity of God’s creations.

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Since the separation, the words ‘create’ and ‘make’ have become confused. ²When you make something, you make something out of a specific sense of lack or need. ³Anything made for a specific purpose has no true generalisability. ⁴When you make something to fill a perceived lack, you are tacitly implying that you believe in separation. ⁵The ego has invented many ingenious thought systems for the purpose of believing in separation. ⁶None of the ego’s ingenious thought systems are creative. ⁷Inventiveness is wasted effort even in inventiveness’s most ingenious form. ⁸The highly specific nature of invention is not worthy of the abstract creativity of God’s creations.

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‘Make’ means something made out of a specific sense of lack or need. Making things is believing in separation. The ego makes thought systems. God’s creations have abstract creativity.

3. Knowing, as we have already observed, does not lead to doing. ²The confusion between your real creation and what you have made of yourself is so profound that it has become literaly impossible for you to know anything. ³Knowledge is always stable, and it is quite evident that you are not. ⁴Nevertheless, you are perfectly stable as God created you. ⁵In this sense, when your behaviour is unstable, you are disagreeing with God’s idea of your creation. ⁶You can do this if you choose, but you would hardly want to do it if you were in your right mind.

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Knowing, as we have already observed, does not lead to doing. ²The confusion between your real creation and what you have made of yourself is so profound that it has become literaly impossible for you to know anything. ³Knowledge is always stable, and it is quite evident that you are not [stable]. ⁴Nevertheless, you are perfectly stable as God created you. ⁵In this sense [being stable as God created you], when your behaviour is unstable, you are disagreeing with God’s idea of your creation. ⁶You can do this [disagree with God’s idea of your creation] if you choose, but you would hardly want to do it [disagree with God’s idea of your creation] if you were in your right mind.

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Knowing, as we have already observed, does not lead to doing. ²The confusion between your real creation and what you have made of yourself is so profound that it has become literaly impossible for you to know anything. ³Knowledge is always stable, and it is quite evident that you are not stable. ⁴Nevertheless, you are perfectly stable as God created you. ⁵Being stable as God created you, when your behaviour is unstable, you are disagreeing with God’s idea of your creation. ⁶You can disagree with God’s idea of your creation if you choose, but you would hardly want to disagree with God’s idea of your creation if you were in your right mind.

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Your are confused between what you are trying to make of yourself, and God’s idea of your creation.

4. The fundamental question you continually ask yourself cannot properly be directed to yourself at all. ²You keep asking what it is you are. ³This implies that the answer is not only one you know, but is also one that is up to you to supply. ⁴Yet you cannot perceive yourself correctly. ⁵You have no image to be perceived. ⁶The word ‘image’ is always perception-related, and not a part of knowledge. ⁷Images are symbolic and stand for something else. ⁸The idea of ‘changing your image’ recognises the power of perception, but also implies that there is nothing stable to know.

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The fundamental question you continually ask yourself cannot properly be directed to yourself at all. ²You keep asking what it is you are. ³This [asking what it is you are] implies that the answer is not only one [an answer] you know, but is also one [an answer] that is up to you to supply. ⁴Yet you cannot perceive yourself correctly. ⁵You have no image to be perceived. ⁶The word ‘image’ is always perception-related, and not a part of knowledge. ⁷Images are symbolic and stand for something else. ⁸The idea of ‘changing your image’ recognises the power of perception, but also implies that there is nothing stable to know.

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4. The fundamental question you continually ask yourself cannot properly be directed to yourself at all. ²You keep asking what it is you are. ³Asking what it is you are implies that the answer is not only an answer you know, but is also an answer that is up to you to supply. ⁴Yet you cannot perceive yourself correctly. ⁵You have no image to be perceived. ⁶The word ‘image’ is always perception-related, and not a part of knowledge. ⁷Images are symbolic and stand for something else. ⁸The idea of ‘changing your image’ recognises the power of perception, but also implies that there is nothing stable to know.

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You keep asking what it is you are. It is not up to you to answer this. You cannot perceive yourself correctly.

5. Knowing is not open to interpretation. ²You may try to ‘interpret’ meaning, but this is always open to error because it refers to the perception of meaning. ³Such incongruities are the result of attempts to regard yourself as separated and unseparated at the same time. ⁴It is impossible to make so fundamental a confusion without increasing your overall confusion still further. ⁵Your mind may have become very ingenious, but as always happens when method and content are separated, it is utilised in a futile attempt to escape from an inescapable impasse. ⁶Ingenuity is totally divorced from knowledge, because knowledge does not require ingenuity. ⁷Ingenious thinking is not the truth that shall set you free, but you are free of the need to engage in it when you are willing to let it go.

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Knowing is not open to interpretation. ²You may try to ‘interpret’ meaning, but this [trying to interpret meaning] is always open to error because it [trying to intrepret meaning] refers to the perception of meaning. ³Such incongruities [between meaning and perception of meaning] are the result of attempts to regard yourself as separated and unseparated at the same time. ⁴It is impossible to make so fundamental a confusion without increasing your overall confusion still further. ⁵Your mind may have become very ingenious, but as always happens when method and content are separated, it [your mind’s ingeniousness] is utilised in a futile attempt to escape from an inescapable impasse. ⁶Ingenuity is totally divorced from knowledge, because knowledge does not require ingenuity. ⁷Ingenious thinking is not the truth that shall set you free, but you are free of the need to engage in it [ingengious thinking] when you are willing to let it [ingengious thinking] go.

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Knowing is not open to interpretation. ²You may try to ‘interpret’ meaning, but trying to interpret meaning is always open to error because trying to intrepret meaning refers to the perception of meaning. ³Incongruities between meaning and perception of meaning, are the result of attempts to regard yourself as separated and unseparated at the same time. ⁴It is impossible to make so fundamental a confusion without increasing your overall confusion still further. ⁵Your mind may have become very ingenious, but as always happens when method and content are separated, your mind’s ingeniousness is utilised in a futile attempt to escape from an inescapable impasse. ⁶Ingenuity is totally divorced from knowledge, because knowledge does not require ingenuity. ⁷Ingenious thinking is not the truth that shall set you free, but you are free of the need to engage in ingengious thinking when you are willing to let ingengious thinking go.

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Let go of ingenious thinking. Ingenious thinking is an effort of the ego to interpret meaning. This effort maintains belief in separation. Knowledge requires no interpretation.

6. Prayer is a way of asking for something. ²It is the medium of miracles. ³But the only meaningful prayer is for forgiveness, because those who have been forgiven have everything. ⁴Once forgiveness has been accepted, prayer in the usual sense becomes utterly meaningless. ⁵The prayer for forgiveness is nothing more than a request that you may be able to recognise what you already have. ⁶In electing perception instead of knowledge, you placed yourself in a position where you could resemble your Father only by perceiving miraculously. ⁷You have lost the knowledge that you yourself are a miracle of God. ⁸Creation is your Source and your only real function.

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Prayer is a way of asking for something. ²It [prayer] is the medium of miracles. ³But the only meaningful prayer is for forgiveness, because those who have been forgiven have everything. ⁴Once forgiveness has been accepted, prayer in the usual sense becomes utterly meaningless. ⁵The prayer for forgiveness is nothing more than a request that you may be able to recognise what you already have. ⁶In electing perception instead of knowledge, you placed yourself in a position where you could resemble your Father only by perceiving miraculously. ⁷You have lost the knowledge that you yourself are a miracle of God. ⁸Creation is your Source and your only real function.

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Prayer is a way of asking for something. ²Prayer is the medium of miracles. ³But the only meaningful prayer is for forgiveness, because those who have been forgiven have everything. ⁴Once forgiveness has been accepted, prayer in the usual sense becomes utterly meaningless. ⁵The prayer for forgiveness is nothing more than a request that you may be able to recognise what you already have. ⁶In electing perception instead of knowledge, you placed yourself in a position where you could resemble your Father only by perceiving miraculously. ⁷You have lost the knowledge that you yourself are a miracle of God. ⁸Creation is your Source and your only real function.

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Your only meaningful prayer is forgiveness. Praying for forgiveness is asking to recognise what you already have. You chose perception. In perception you lose knowledge of who you really are. You need a miracle to get out of perception. Creation is your source and your function.

7. The statement “God created man in his own image and likeness” needs reïnterpretation. ²‘Image’ can be understood as ‘thought’, and ‘likeness’ as ‘of a like quality’. ³God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. ⁴There is nothing else. ⁵Perception, on the other hand, is impossible without a belief in ‘more’ and ‘less’. ⁶At every level it involves selectivity. ⁷Perception is a continual process of accepting and rejecting, organising and reörganising, shifting and changing. ⁸Evaluation is an essential part of perception, because judgements are necessary in order to select.

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The statement “God created man in his own image and likeness” needs reïnterpretation. ²“Image” can be understood as ‘thought’, and “likeness” [can be understood] as ‘of a like quality’. ³God did create spirit in His [God’s] Own Thought and of a quality like to His [God’s] Own. ⁴There is nothing else. ⁵Perception, on the other hand, is impossible without a belief in ‘more’ and ‘less’. ⁶At every level it [perception] involves selectivity. ⁷Perception is a continual process of accepting and rejecting, organising and reörganising, shifting and changing. ⁸Evaluation is an essential part of perception, because judgements are necessary in order to select.

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The statement “God created man in his own image and likeness” needs reïnterpretation. ²“Image” can be understood as ‘thought’, and “likeness” can be understood as ‘of a like quality’. ³God did create spirit in God’s Own Thought and of a quality like to God’s Own. ⁴There is nothing else. ⁵Perception, on the other hand, is impossible without a belief in ‘more’ and ‘less’. ⁶At every level perception involves selectivity. ⁷Perception is a continual process of accepting and rejecting, organising and reörganising, shifting and changing. ⁸Evaluation is an essential part of perception, because judgements are necessary in order to select.

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There is only spirit. Spirit is created in God’s Thought, and in like quality to God. Perception requires belief in ‘more’ and ‘less’. Perception involves: accepting/rejecting, organising/reörganising, shifting and changing, evaluation, selectivity, and judgement.

8. What happens to perceptions if there are no judgements and nothing but perfect equality? ²Perception becomes impossible. ³Truth can only be known. ⁴All of it is equally true, and knowing any part of it is to know all of it. ⁵Only perception involves partial awareness. ⁶Knowledge transcends the laws governing perception, because partial knowledge is impossible. ⁷It is all one and has no separate parts. ⁸You who are really one with it need but know yourself and your knowledge is complete. ⁹To know God’s miracle is to know Him.

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What happens to perceptions if there are no judgements and nothing but perfect equality? ²Perception becomes impossible. ³Truth can only be known. ⁴All of it [truth] is equally true, and knowing any part of it [truth] is to know all of it [truth]. ⁵Only perception involves partial awareness. ⁶Knowledge transcends the laws governing perception, because partial knowledge is impossible. ⁷It [knowledge] is all one and has no separate parts. ⁸You who are really one with it [knowledge] need but know yourself and your knowledge is complete. ⁹To know God’s miracle is to know Him [God].

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What happens to perceptions if there are no judgements and nothing but perfect equality? ²Perception becomes impossible. ³Truth can only be known. ⁴All of truth is equally true, and knowing any part of truth is to know all of truth. ⁵Only perception involves partial awareness. ⁶Knowledge transcends the laws governing perception, because partial knowledge is impossible. ⁷Knowledge is all one and has no separate parts. ⁸You who are really one with knowledge need but know yourself and your knowledge is complete. ⁹To know God’s miracle is to know God.

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In Knowledge there is perfect equality and no judgement. Perception becomes impossible. Knowledge of part is knowledge of the whole. You are one with Knowledge. You only need to know yourself. Then you know the truth and then you know God.

9. Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation. ²Correct perception of your brother is necessary, because minds have chosen to see themselves as separate. ³Spirit knows God completely. ⁴That is its miraculous power. ⁵The fact that each one has this power completely is a condition entirely alien to the world’s thinking. ⁶The world believes that if anyone has everything, there is nothing left. ⁷But God’s miracles are as total as His Thoughts because they are His Thoughts.

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Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation. ²Correct perception of your brother is necessary, because minds have chosen to see themselves [mind’s selves] as separate. ³Spirit knows God completely. ⁴That [knowing God completely] is its [spirit’s] miraculous power. ⁵The fact that each one [mind] has this power [to know God] completely is a condition entirely alien to the world’s thinking. ⁶The world believes that if anyone has everything, there is nothing left. ⁷But God’s miracles are as total as His Thoughts because they [God’s miracles] are His [God’s] Thoughts.

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Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation. ²Correct perception of your brother is necessary, because minds have chosen to see mind’s selves as separate. ³Spirit knows God completely. ⁴Knowing God completely is spirit’s miraculous power. ⁵The fact that each mind has the power to know God completely is a condition entirely alien to the world’s thinking. ⁶The world believes that if anyone has everything, there is nothing left. ⁷But God’s miracles are as total as His Thoughts because God’s miracles are God’s Thoughts.

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Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation. You need to correct your perception of your brother. Minds are not separate. You and every mind can know God completely.

10. As long as perception lasts prayer has a place. ²Since perception rests on lack, those who perceive have not totally accepted the Atonement and given themselves over to truth. ³Perception is based on a separated state, so that anyone who perceives at all needs healing. ⁴Communion, not prayer, is the natural state of those who know. ⁵God and His miracle are inseparable. ⁶How beautiful indeed are the Thoughts of God who live in His light! ⁷Your worth is beyond perception because it is beyond doubt. ⁸Do not perceive yourself in different lights. ⁹Know yourself in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear.

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As long as perception lasts prayer has a place. ²Since perception rests on lack, those who perceive have not totally accepted the Atonement and given themselves [perceiver’s selves] over to truth. ³Perception is based on a separated state, so that anyone who perceives at all needs healing. ⁴Communion, not prayer, is the natural state of those who know. ⁵God and His [God’s] miracle are inseparable. ⁶How beautiful indeed are the Thoughts of God who live in His [God’s] light! ⁷Your worth is beyond perception because it [your worth] is beyond doubt. ⁸Do not perceive yourself in different lights. ⁹Know yourself in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear.

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As long as perception lasts prayer has a place. ²Since perception rests on lack, those who perceive have not totally accepted the Atonement and given perceiver’s-selves over to truth. ³Perception is based on a separated state, so that anyone who perceives at all needs healing. ⁴Communion, not prayer, is the natural state of those who know. ⁵God and God’s miracle are inseparable. ⁶How beautiful indeed are the Thoughts of God who live in God’s light! ⁷Your worth is beyond perception because your worth is beyond doubt. ⁸Do not perceive yourself in different lights. ⁹Know yourself in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear.

Simplified

Perception rests on lack. Perception is based on separation. If you perceive you need healing and prayer. Knowing God is communion with God. Your are a Thought of God. You live in God’s light. Know yourself and your worth in God’s light.



T-3.IV Error and the Ego