THE IDOLS OF SICKNESS
T-10.in.1. Nothing beyond yourself can make you fearful or loving, because nothing <is> beyond you. 2 Time and eternity are both in your mind, and will conflict until you perceive time solely as a means to regain eternity. 3 You cannot do this as long as you believe that anything happening to you is caused by factors outside yourself. 4 You must learn that time is solely at your disposal, and that nothing in the world can take this responsibility from you. 5 You can violate God's laws in your imagination, but you cannot escape from them. 6 They were established for your protection and are as inviolate as your safety.
T-10.in.2. God created nothing beside you and nothing beside you exists, for you are part of Him. 2 What except Him can exist? 3 Nothing beyond Him can happen, because nothing except Him is real. 4 Your creations add to Him as you do, but nothing is added that is different because everything has always been. 5 What can upset you except the ephemeral, and how can the ephemeral be real if you are God's only creation and He created you eternal? 6 Your holy mind establishes everything that happens to you. 7 Every response you make to everything you perceive is up to you, because your mind determines your perception of it.
T-10.in.3. God does not change His Mind about you, for He is not uncertain of Himself. 2 And what He knows can be known, because He does not know it only for Himself. 3 He created you for Himself, but He gave you the power to create for yourself so you would be like Him. 4 That is why your mind is holy. 5 Can anything exceed the Love of God? 6 Can anything, then, exceed your will? 7 Nothing can reach you from beyond it because, being in God, you encompass everything. 8 Believe this, and you will realize how much is up to you. 9 When anything threatens your peace of mind, ask yourself, "Has God changed His Mind about me?" 10 Then accept His decision, for it is indeed changeless, and refuse to change your mind about yourself. 11 God will never decide against you, or He would be deciding against Himself. p181
I. At Home in God
T-10.I.1. You do not know your creations simply because you would decide against them as long as your mind is split, and to attack what you have created is impossible. 2 But remember that <it is as impossible for God.> 3 The law of creation is that you love your creations as yourself, because they are part of you. 4 Everything that was created is therefore perfectly safe, because the laws of God protect it by His Love. 5 Any part of your mind that does not know this has banished itself from knowledge, because it has not met its conditions. 6 Who could have done this but you? 7 Recognize this gladly, for in this recognition lies the realization that your banishment is not of God, and therefore does not exist.
T-10.I.2. You are at home in God, dreaming of exile but perfectly capable of awakening to reality. 2 Is it your decision to do so? 3 You recognize from your own experience that what you see in dreams you think is real while you are asleep. 4 Yet the instant you waken you realize that everything that seemed to happen in the dream did not happen at all. 5 You do not think this strange, even though all the laws of what you awaken to were violated while you slept. 6 Is it not possible that you merely shifted from one dream to another, without really waking?
T-10.I.3. Would you bother to reconcile what happened in conflicting dreams, or would you dismiss both together if you discovered that reality is in accord with neither? 2 You do not remember being awake. 3 When you hear the Holy Spirit you may feel better because loving then seems possible to you, but you do not remember yet that it once was so. 4 And it is in this remembering that you will know it can be so again. 5 What is possible has not yet been accomplished. 6 Yet what has once been is so now, if it is eternal. 7 When you remember, you will know that what you remember is eternal, and therefore is now.
T-10.I.4. You will remember everything the instant you desire it wholly, for if to desire wholly is to create, you will have willed away the separation, returning your mind simultaneously to your Creator and your creations. 2 Knowing Them you will have no wish to sleep, but only the desire to waken and be glad. 3 Dreams will be impossible because you will want only truth, and being at last your will, it will be yours. p182
II. The Decision to Forget
T-10.II.1. Unless you first know something you cannot dissociate it. 2 Knowledge must precede dissociation, so that dissociation is nothing more than a decision to forget. 3 What has been forgotten then appears to be fearful, but only because the dissociation is an attack on truth. 4 You are fearful <because> you have forgotten. 5 And you have replaced your knowledge by an awareness of dreams because you are afraid of your dissociation, not of what you have dissociated. 6 When what you have dissociated is accepted, it ceases to be fearful.
T-10.II.2. Yet to give up the dissociation of reality brings more than merely lack of fear. 2 In this decision lie joy and peace and the glory of creation. 3 Offer the Holy Spirit only your willingness to remember, for He retains the knowledge of God and of yourself for you, waiting for your acceptance. 4 Give up gladly everything that would stand in the way of your remembering, for God is in your memory. 5 His Voice will tell you that you are part of Him when you are willing to remember Him and know your own reality again. 6 Let nothing in this world delay your remembering of Him, for in this remembering is the knowledge of yourself.
T-10.II.3. To remember is merely to restore to your mind <what is already there.> 2 You do not make what you remember; you merely accept again what is already there, but was rejected. 3 The ability to accept truth in this world is the perceptual counterpart of creating in the Kingdom. 4 God will do His part if you will do yours, and His return in exchange for yours is the exchange of knowledge for perception. 5 Nothing is beyond His Will for you. 6 But signify your will to remember Him, and behold! 7 He will give you everything but for the asking.
T-10.II.4. When you attack, you are denying yourself. 2 You are specifically teaching yourself that you are not what you are. 3 Your denial of reality precludes the acceptance of God's gift, because you have accepted something else in its place. 4 If you understand that this is always an attack on truth, and truth is God, you will realize why it is always fearful. 5 If you further recognize that you are part of God, you will understand why it is that you always attack yourself first.
T-10.II.5. All attack is Self attack. 2 It cannot be anything else. 3 Arising from your own decision not to be what you are, it is an attack on your identification. 4 Attack is thus the way in which your identification is lost, because when you attack, you must have forgotten what you are. p183 5 And if your reality is God's, when you attack you are not remembering Him. 6 This is not because He is gone, but because you are actively choosing not to remember Him.
T-10.II.6. If you realized the complete havoc this makes of your peace of mind you could not make such an insane decision. 2 You make it only because you still believe it can get you something you want. 3 It follows, then, that you want something other than peace of mind, but you have not considered what it must be. 4 Yet the logical outcome of your decision is perfectly clear, if you will only look at it. 5 By deciding against your reality, you have made yourself vigilant <against> God and His Kingdom. 6 And it is this vigilance that makes you afraid to remember Him.
III. The God of Sickness
T-10.III.1. You have not attacked God and you do love Him. 2 Can you change your reality? 3 No one can will to destroy himself. 4 When you think you are attacking yourself, it is a sure sign that you hate what you <think> you are. 5 And this, and only this, can be attacked by you. 6 What you think you are can be very hateful, and what this strange image makes you do can be very destructive. 7 Yet the destruction is no more real than the image, although those who make idols do worship them. 8 The idols are nothing, but their worshippers are the Sons of God in sickness. 9 God would have them released from their sickness and returned to His Mind. 10 He will not limit your power to help them, because He has given it to you. 11 Do not be afraid of it, because it is your salvation.
T-10.III.2. What Comforter can there be for the sick children of God except His power through you? 2 Remember that it does not matter where in the Sonship He is accepted. 3 He is always accepted for all, and when your mind receives Him the remembrance of Him awakens throughout the Sonship. 4 Heal your brothers simply by accepting God for them. 5 Your minds are not separate, and God has only one channel for healing because He has but one Son. 6 God's remaining Communication Link with all His children joins them together, and them to Him. 7 To be aware of this is to heal them because it is the awareness that no one is separate, and so no one is sick. p184
T-10.III.3. To believe that a Son of God can be sick is to believe that part of God can suffer. 2 Love cannot suffer, because it cannot attack. 3 The remembrance of love therefore brings invulnerability with it. 4 Do not side with sickness in the presence of a Son of God even if he believes in it, for your acceptance of God in him acknowledges the Love of God he has forgotten. 5 Your recognition of him as part of God reminds him of the truth about himself, which he is denying. 6 Would you strengthen his denial of God and thus lose sight of yourself? 7 Or would you remind him of his wholeness and remember your Creator with him?
T-10.III.4. To believe a Son of God is sick is to worship the same idol he does. 2 God created love, not idolatry. 3 All forms of idolatry are caricatures of creation, taught by sick minds too divided to know that creation shares power and never usurps it. 4 Sickness is idolatry, because it is the belief that power can be taken from you. 5 Yet this is impossible, because you are part of God, Who is all power. 6 A sick god must be an idol, made in the image of what its maker thinks he is. 7 And that is exactly what the ego does perceive in a Son of God; a sick god, self-created, self-sufficient, very vicious and very vulnerable. 8 Is this the idol you would worship? 9 Is this the image you would be vigilant to save? 10 Are you really afraid of losing this?
T-10.III.5. Look calmly at the logical conclusion of the ego's thought system and judge whether its offering is really what you want, for this <is> what it offers you. 2 To obtain this you are willing to attack the Divinity of your brothers, and thus lose sight of yours. 3 And you are willing to keep it hidden, to protect an idol you think will save you from the dangers for which it stands, but which do not exist.
T-10.III.6. There are no idolaters in the Kingdom, but there is great appreciation for everything that God created, because of the calm knowledge that each one is part of Him. 2 God's Son knows no idols, but he does know his Father. 3 Health in this world is the counterpart of value in Heaven. 4 It is not my merit that I contribute to you but my love, for you do not value yourself. 5 When you do not value yourself you become sick, but my value of you can heal you, because the value of God's Son is one. 6 When I said, "My peace I give unto you," I meant it. 7 Peace comes from God through me to you. 8 It is for you although you may not ask for it.
T-10.III.7. When a brother is sick it is because he is not asking for peace, and therefore does not know he has it. 2 The acceptance of peace is the denial of illusion, and sickness <is> an illusion. p185 3 Yet every Son of God has the power to deny illusions anywhere in the Kingdom, merely by denying them completely in himself. 4 I can heal you because I know you. 5 I know your value for you, and it is this value that makes you whole. 6 A whole mind is not idolatrous, and does not know of conflicting laws. 7 I will heal you merely because I have only one message, and it is true. 8 Your faith in it will make you whole when you have faith in me.
T-10.III.8. I do not bring God's message with deception, and you will learn this as you learn that you always receive as much as you accept. 2 You could accept peace now for everyone, and offer them perfect freedom from all illusions because you heard His Voice. 3 But have no other gods before Him or you will not hear. 4 God is not jealous of the gods you make, but you are. 5 You would save them and serve them, because you believe that they made you. 6 You think they are your father, because you are projecting onto them the fearful fact that you made them to replace God. 7 Yet when they seem to speak to you, remember that nothing can replace God, and whatever replacements you have attempted are nothing.
T-10.III.9. Very simply, then, you may believe you are afraid of nothingness, but you are really afraid of nothing. 2 And in that awareness you are healed. 3 You will hear the god you listen to. 4 You made the god of sickness, and by making him you made yourself able to hear him. 5 Yet you did not create him, because he is not the Will of the Father. 6 He is therefore not eternal and will be unmade for you the instant you signify your willingness to accept only the eternal.
T-10.III.10. If God has but one Son, there is but one God. 2 You share reality with Him, because reality is not divided. 3 To accept other gods before Him is to place other images before yourself. 4 You do not realize how much you listen to your gods, and how vigilant you are on their behalf. 5 Yet they exist only because you honor them. 6 Place honor where it is due, and peace will be yours. 7 It is your inheritance from your real Father. 8 You cannot make your Father, and the father you made did not make you. 9 Honor is not due to illusions, for to honor them is to honor nothing. 10 Yet fear is not due them either, for nothing cannot be fearful. 11 You have chosen to fear love because of its perfect harmlessness, and because of this fear you have been willing to give up your own perfect helpfulness and your own perfect Help. p186
T-10.III.11. Only at the altar of God will you find peace. 2 And this altar is in you because God put it there. 3 His Voice still calls you to return, and He will be heard when you place no other gods before Him. 4 You can give up the god of sickness for your brothers; in fact, you would have to do so if you give him up for yourself. 5 For if you see the god of sickness anywhere, you have accepted him. 6 And if you accept him you will bow down and worship him, because he was made as God's replacement. 7 He is the belief that you can choose which god is real. 8 Although it is clear this has nothing to do with reality, it is equally clear that it has everything to do with reality as you perceive it.
IV. The End of Sickness
T-10.IV.1. All magic is an attempt at reconciling the irreconcilable. 2 All religion is the recognition that the irreconcilable cannot be reconciled. 3 Sickness and perfection are irreconcilable. 4 If God created you perfect, you <are> perfect. 5 If you believe you can be sick, you have placed other gods before Him. 6 God is not at war with the god of sickness you made, but you are. 7 He is the symbol of deciding against God, and you are afraid of him because he cannot be reconciled with God's Will. 8 If you attack him, you will make him real to you. 9 But if you refuse to worship him in whatever form he may appear to you, and wherever you think you see him, he will disappear into the nothingness out of which he was made.
T-10.IV.2. Reality can dawn only on an unclouded mind. 2 It is always there to be accepted, but its acceptance depends on your willingness to have it. 3 To know reality must involve the willingness to judge unreality for what it is. 4 To overlook nothingness is merely to judge it correctly, and because of your ability to evaluate it truly, to let it go. 5 Knowledge cannot dawn on a mind full of illusions, because truth and illusions are irreconcilable. 6 Truth is whole, and cannot be known by part of a mind.
T-10.IV.3. The Sonship cannot be perceived as partly sick, because to perceive it that way is not to perceive it at all. 2 If the Sonship is One, it is One in all respects. 3 Oneness cannot be divided. 4 If you perceive other gods your mind is split, and you will not be able to limit the split, because it is the sign that you have removed part of your mind from God's Will. 5 This means it is out of control. 6 To be out of control is to be out of reason, and then the mind does become unreasonable. p187 7 By defining the mind wrongly, you perceive it as functioning wrongly.
T-10.IV.4. God's laws will keep your mind at peace because peace is His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. 2 His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. 3 Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws cannot be understood together. 4 The laws of God work only for your good, and there are no other laws beside His. 5 Everything else is merely lawless and therefore chaotic. 6 Yet God Himself has protected everything He created by His laws. 7 Everything that is not under them does not exist. 8 "Laws of chaos" is a meaningless term. 9 Creation is perfectly lawful, and the chaotic is without meaning because it is without God. 10 You have "given" your peace to the gods you made, but they are not there to take it from you, and you cannot give it to them.
T-10.IV.5. You are not free to give up freedom, but only to deny it. 2 You cannot do what God did not intend, because what He did not intend does not happen. 3 Your gods do not bring chaos; you are endowing them with chaos, and accepting it of them. 4 All this has never been. 5 Nothing but the laws of God has ever been, and nothing but His Will will ever be. 6 You were created through His laws and by His Will, and the manner of your creation established you a creator. 7 What you have made is so unworthy of you that you could hardly want it, if you were willing to see it as it is. 8 You will see nothing at all. 9 And your vision will automatically look beyond it, to what is in you and all around you. 10 Reality cannot break through the obstructions you interpose, but it will envelop you completely when you let them go.
T-10.IV.6. When you have experienced the protection of God, the making of idols becomes inconceivable. 2 There are no strange images in the Mind of God, and what is not in His Mind cannot be in yours, because you are of one mind and that mind belongs to Him. 3 It is yours <because> it belongs to Him, for to Him ownership is sharing. 4 And if it is so for Him, it is so for you. 5 His definitions <are> His laws, for by them He established the universe as what it is. 6 No false gods you attempt to interpose between yourself and your reality affect truth at all. 7 Peace is yours because God created you. 8 And He created nothing else.
T-10.IV.7. The miracle is the act of a Son of God who has laid aside all false gods, and calls on his brothers to do likewise. 2 It is an act of faith, because it is the recognition that his brother can do it. p188 3 It is a call to the Holy Spirit in his mind, a call that is strengthened by joining. 4 Because the miracle worker has heard God's Voice, he strengthens It in a sick brother by weakening his belief in sickness, which he does not share. 5 The power of one mind can shine into another, because all the lamps of God were lit by the same spark. 6 It is everywhere and it is eternal.
T-10.IV.8. In many only the spark remains, for the Great Rays are obscured. 2 Yet God has kept the spark alive so that the Rays can never be completely forgotten. 3 If you but see the little spark you will learn of the greater light, for the Rays are there unseen. 4 Perceiving the spark will heal, but knowing the light will create. 5 Yet in the returning the little light must be acknowledged first, for the separation was a descent from magnitude to littleness. 6 But the spark is still as pure as the Great Light, because it is the remaining call of creation. 7 Put all your faith in it, and God Himself will answer you.
V. The Denial of God
T-10.V.1. The rituals of the god of sickness are strange and very demanding. 2 Joy is never permitted, for depression is the sign of allegiance to him. 3 Depression means that you have forsworn God. 4 Many are afraid of blasphemy, but they do not understand what it means. 5 They do not realize that to deny God is to deny their own Identity, and in this sense the wages of sin <is> death. 6 The sense is very literal; denial of life perceives its opposite, as all forms of denial replace what is with what is not. 7 No one can really do this, but that you can think you can and believe you have is beyond dispute.
T-10.V.2. Do not forget, however, that to deny God will inevitably result in projection, and you will believe that others and not yourself have done this to you. 2 You must receive the message you give because it is the message you want. 3 You may believe that you judge your brothers by the messages they give you, but you have judged them by the message you give to them. 4 Do not attribute your denial of joy to them, or you cannot see the spark in them that would bring joy to you. 5 It is the denial of the spark that brings depression, for whenever you see your brothers without it, you are denying God. p189
T-10.V.3. Allegiance to the denial of God is the ego's religion. 2 The god of sickness obviously demands the denial of health, because health is in direct opposition to its own survival. 3 But consider what this means to you. 4 Unless you are sick you cannot keep the gods you made, for only in sickness could you possibly want them. 5 Blasphemy, then, is <self-destructive,> not God-destructive. 6 It means that you are willing not to know yourself in order to be sick. 7 This is the offering your god demands because, having made him out of your insanity, he is an insane idea. 8 He has many forms, but although he may seem to be many different things he is but one idea;-the denial of God.
T-10.V.4. Sickness and death seemed to enter the mind of God's Son against His Will. 2 The "attack on God" made His Son think he was Fatherless, and out of his depression he made the god of depression. 3 This was his alternative to joy, because he would not accept the fact that, although he was a creator, he had been created. 4 Yet the Son <is> helpless without the Father, Who alone is his Help.
T-10.V.5. I said before that of yourself you can do nothing, but you are not <of> yourself. 2 If you were, what you have made would be true, and you could never escape. 3 It is because you did not make yourself that you need be troubled over nothing. 4 Your gods are nothing, because your Father did not create them. 5 You cannot make creators who are unlike your Creator, any more than He could have created a Son who was unlike Him. 6 If creation is sharing, it cannot create what is unlike itself. 7 It can share only what it is. 8 Depression is isolation, and so it could not have been created.
T-10.V.6. Son of God, you have not sinned, but you have been much mistaken. 2 Yet this can be corrected and God will help you, knowing that you could not sin against Him. 3 You denied Him because you loved Him, knowing that if you recognized your love for Him, you could not deny Him. 4 Your denial of Him therefore means that you love Him, and that you know He loves you. 5 Remember that what you deny you must have once known. 6 And if you accept denial, you can accept its undoing.
T-10.V.7. Your Father has not denied you. 2 He does not retaliate, but He does call to you to return. 3 When you think He has not answered your call, you have not answered His. 4 He calls to you from every part of the Sonship, because of His Love for His Son. 5 If you hear His message He has answered you, and you will learn of Him if you hear aright. p190 6 The Love of God is in everything He created, for His Son is everywhere. 7 Look with peace upon your brothers, and God will come rushing into your heart in gratitude for your gift to Him.
T-10.V.8. Do not look to the god of sickness for healing but only to the God of love, for healing is the acknowledgment of Him. 2 When you acknowledge Him you will know that He has never ceased to acknowledge you, and that in His acknowledgment of you lies your being. 3 You are not sick and you cannot die. 4 But you can confuse yourself with things that do. 5 Remember, though, that to do this is blasphemy, for it means that you are looking without love on God and His creation, from which He cannot be separated.
T-10.V.9. Only the eternal can be loved, for love does not die. 2 What is of God is His forever, and you are of God. 3 Would He allow Himself to suffer? 4 And would He offer His Son anything that is not acceptable to Him? 5 If you will accept yourself as God created you, you will be incapable of suffering. 6 Yet to do this you must acknowledge Him as your Creator. 7 This is not because you will be punished otherwise. 8 It is merely because your acknowledgment of your Father is the acknowledgment of yourself as you are. 9 Your Father created you wholly without sin, wholly without pain and wholly without suffering of any kind. 10 If you deny Him you bring sin, pain and suffering into your own mind because of the power He gave it. 11 Your mind is capable of creating worlds, but it can also deny what it creates because it is free.
T-10.V.10. You do not realize how much you have denied yourself, and how much God, in His Love, would not have it so. 2 Yet He would not interfere with you, because He would not know His Son if he were not free. 3 To interfere with you would be to attack Himself, and God is not insane. 4 When you deny Him <you> are insane. 5 Would you have Him share your insanity? 6 God will never cease to love His Son, and His Son will never cease to love Him. 7 That was the condition of His Son's creation, fixed forever in the Mind of God. 8 To know that is sanity. 9 To deny it is insanity. 10 God gave Himself to you in your creation, and His gifts are eternal. 11 Would you deny yourself to Him?
T-10.V.11. Out of your gifts to Him the Kingdom will be restored to His Son. 2 His Son removed himself from His gift by refusing to accept what had been created for him, and what he had created in the Name of his Father. 3 Heaven waits for his return, for it was created as the dwelling place of God's Son. p191 4 You are not at home anywhere else, or in any other condition. 5 Do not deny yourself the joy that was created for you for the misery you have made for yourself. 6 God has given you the means for undoing what you have made. 7 Listen, and you will learn how to remember what you are.
T-10.V.12. If God knows His children as wholly sinless, it is blasphemous to perceive them as guilty. 2 If God knows His children as wholly without pain, it is blasphemous to perceive suffering anywhere. 3 If God knows His children to be wholly joyous, it is blasphemous to feel depressed. 4 All of these illusions, and the many other forms that blasphemy may take, are refusals to accept creation as it is. 5 If God created His Son perfect, that is how you must learn to see him to learn of his reality. 6 And as part of the Sonship, that is how you must see yourself to learn of yours.
T-10.V.13. Do not perceive anything God did not create or you are denying Him. 2 His is the only Fatherhood, and it is yours only because He has given it to you. 3 Your gifts to yourself are meaningless, but your gifts to your creations are like His, because they are given in His Name. 4 That is why your creations are as real as His. 5 Yet the real Fatherhood must be acknowledged if the real Son is to be known. 6 You believe that the sick things you have made are your real creations, because you believe that the sick images you perceive are the Sons of God. 7 Only if you accept the Fatherhood of God will you have anything, because His Fatherhood gave you everything. 8 That is why to deny Him is to deny yourself.
T-10.V.14. Arrogance is the denial of love, because love shares and arrogance withholds. 2 As long as both appear to you to be desirable the concept of choice, which is not of God, will remain with you. 3 While this is not true in eternity it <is> true in time, so that while time lasts in your mind there will be choices. 4 Time itself is your choice. 5 If you would remember eternity, you must look only on the eternal. 6 If you allow yourself to become preoccupied with the temporal, you are living in time. 7 As always, your choice is determined by what you value. 8 Time and eternity cannot both be real, because they contradict each other. 9 If you will accept only what is timeless as real, you will begin to understand eternity and make it yours. p192
GOD OR THE EGO
T-11.in.1. Either God or the ego is insane. 2 If you will examine the evidence on both sides fairly, you will realize this must be true. 3 Neither God nor the ego proposes a partial thought system. 4 Each is internally consistent, but they are diametrically opposed in all respects so that partial allegiance is impossible. 5 Remember, too, that their results are as different as their foundations, and their fundamentally irreconcilable natures cannot be reconciled by vacillations between them. 6 Nothing alive is Fatherless, for life is creation. 7 Therefore, your decision is always an answer to the question, "Who is my father?" 8 And you will be faithful to the father you choose.
T-11.in.2. Yet what would you say to someone who believed this question really involves conflict? 2 If you made the ego, how can the ego have made you? 3 The authority problem is still the only source of conflict, because the ego was made out of the wish of God's Son to father Him. 4 The ego, then, is nothing more than a delusional system in which you made your own father. 5 Make no mistake about this. 6 It sounds insane when it is stated with perfect honesty, but the ego never looks on what it does with perfect honesty. 7 Yet that is its insane premise, which is carefully hidden in the dark cornerstone of its thought system. 8 And either the ego, which you made, <is> your father, or its whole thought system will not stand.
T-11.in.3. You make by projection, but God creates by extension. 2 The cornerstone of God's creation is you, for His thought system is light. 3 Remember the Rays that are there unseen. 4 The more you approach the center of His thought system, the clearer the light becomes. 5 The closer you come to the foundation of the ego's thought system, the darker and more obscure becomes the way. 6 Yet even the little spark in your mind is enough to lighten it. 7 Bring this light fearlessly with you, and bravely hold it up to the foundation of the ego's thought system. 8 Be willing to judge it with perfect honesty. 9 Open the dark cornerstone of terror on which it rests, and bring it out into the light. 10 There you will see that it rested on meaninglessness, and that everything of which you have been afraid was based on nothing. p193
T-11.in.4. My brother, you are part of God and part of me. 2 When you have at last looked at the ego's foundation without shrinking you will also have looked upon ours. 3 I come to you from our Father to offer you everything again. 4 Do not refuse it in order to keep a dark cornerstone hidden, for its protection will not save you. 5 I give you the lamp and I will go with you. 6 You will not take this journey alone. 7 I will lead you to your true Father, Who hath need of you, as I have. 8 Will you not answer the call of love with joy?
I. The Gifts of Fatherhood
T-11.I.1. You have learned your need of healing. 2 Would you bring anything else to the Sonship, recognizing your need of healing for yourself? 3 For in this lies the beginning of the return to knowledge; the foundation on which God will help build again the thought system you share with Him. 4 Not one stone you place upon it but will be blessed by Him, for you will be restoring the holy dwelling place of His Son, where He wills His Son to be and where he is. 5 In whatever part of the mind of God's Son you restore this reality, you restore it to yourself. 6 You dwell in the Mind of God with your brother, for God Himself did not will to be alone.
T-11.I.2. To be alone is to be separated from infinity, but how can this be if infinity has no end? 2 No one can be beyond the limitless, because what has no limits must be everywhere. 3 There are no beginnings and no endings in God, Whose universe is Himself. 4 Can you exclude yourself from the universe, or from God Who <is> the universe? 5 I and my Father are one with you, for you are part of Us. 6 Do you really believe that part of God can be missing or lost to Him?
T-11.I.3. If you were not part of God, His Will would not be unified. 2 Is this conceivable? 3 Can part of His Mind contain nothing? 4 If your place in His Mind cannot be filled by anyone except you, and your filling it was your creation, without you there would be an empty place in God's Mind. 5 Extension cannot be blocked, and it has no voids. 6 It continues forever, however much it is denied. 7 Your denial of its reality may arrest it in time, but not in eternity. 8 That is why your creations have not ceased to be extended, and why so much is waiting for your return. p194
T-11.I.4. Waiting is possible only in time, but time has no meaning. 2 You who made delay can leave time behind simply by recognizing that neither beginnings nor endings were created by the Eternal, Who placed no limits on His creation or upon those who create like Him. 3 You do not know this simply because you have tried to limit what He created, and so you believe that all creation is limited. 4 How, then, could you know your creations, having denied infinity?
T-11.I.5. The laws of the universe do not permit contradiction. 2 What holds for God holds for you. 3 If you believe you are absent from God, you will believe that He is absent from you. 4 Infinity is meaningless without you, and you are meaningless without God. 5 There is no end to God and His Son, for we <are> the universe. 6 God is not incomplete, and He is not childless. 7 Because He did not will to be alone, He created a Son like Himself. 8 Do not deny Him His Son, for your unwillingness to accept His Fatherhood has denied you yours. 9 See His creations as His Son, for yours were created in honor of Him. 10 The universe of love does not stop because you do not see it, nor have your closed eyes lost the ability to see. 11 Look upon the glory of His creation, and you will learn what God has kept for you.
T-11.I.6. God has given you a place in His Mind that is yours forever. 2 Yet you can keep it only by giving it, as it was given you. 3 Could you be alone there, when it was given you because God did not will to be alone? 4 God's Mind cannot be lessened. 5 It can only be increased, for everything He creates has the function of creating. 6 Love does not limit, and what it creates is not limited. 7 To give without limit is God's Will for you, because only this can bring you the joy that is His and that He wills to share with you. 8 Your love is as boundless as His because it <is> His.
T-11.I.7. Could any part of God be without His Love, and could any part of His Love be contained? 2 God is your heritage, because His one gift is Himself. 3 How can you give except like Him if you would know His gift to you? 4 Give, then, without limit and without end, to learn how much He has given you. 5 Your ability to accept Him depends on your willingness to give as He gives. 6 Your fatherhood and your Father are One. 7 God wills to create, and your will is His. 8 It follows, then, that you will to create, since your will follows from His. 9 And being an extension of His Will, yours must be the same. p195
T-11.I.8. Yet what you will you do not know. 2 This is not strange when you realize that to deny is to "not know." 3 God's Will is that you are His Son. 4 By denying this you deny your own will, and therefore do not know what it is. 5 You must ask what God's Will is in everything, because it is yours. 6 You do not know what it is, but the Holy Spirit remembers it for you. 7 Ask Him, therefore, what God's Will is for you, and He will tell you yours. 8 It cannot be too often repeated that you do not know it. 9 Whenever what the Holy Spirit tells you appears to be coercive, it is only because you have not recognized your will.
T-11.I.9. The projection of the ego makes it appear as if God's Will is outside yourself, and therefore not yours. 2 In this interpretation it seems possible for God's Will and yours to conflict. 3 God, then, may seem to demand of you what you do not want to give, and thus deprive you of what you want. 4 Would God, Who wants only your will, be capable of this? 5 Your will is His life, which He has given to you. 6 Even in time you cannot live apart from Him. 7 Sleep is not death. 8 What He created can sleep, but cannot die. 9 Immortality is His Will for His Son, and His Son's will for himself. 10 God's Son cannot will death for himself because his Father is life, and His Son is like Him. 11 Creation is your will <because> it is His.
T-11.I.10. You cannot be happy unless you do what you will truly, and you cannot change this because it is immutable. 2 It is immutable by God's Will and yours, for otherwise His Will would not be extended. 3 You are afraid to know God's Will, because you believe it is not yours. 4 This belief is your whole sickness and your whole fear. 5 Every symptom of sickness and fear arises here, because this is the belief that makes you <want> not to know. 6 Believing this you hide in darkness, denying that the light is in you.
T-11.I.11. You are asked to trust the Holy Spirit only because He speaks for you. 2 He is the Voice for God, but never forget that God did not will to be alone. 3 He shares His Will with you; He does not thrust it upon you. 4 Always remember that what He gives He keeps, so that nothing He gives can contradict Him. 5 You who share His life must share it to know it, for sharing <is> knowing. 6 Blessed are you who learn that to hear the Will of your Father is to know your own. 7 For it is your will to be like Him, Whose Will it is that it be so. 8 God's Will is that His Son be One, and united with Him in His Oneness. 9 That is why healing is the beginning of the recognition that your will is His. p196
II. The Invitation to Healing
T-11.II.1. If sickness is separation, the decision to heal and to be healed is the first step toward recognizing what you truly want. 2 Every attack is a step away from this, and every healing thought brings it closer. 3 The Son of God <has> both Father and Son, because he <is> both Father and Son. 4 To unite <having> and <being> is to unite your will with His, for He wills you Himself. 5 And you will yourself to Him because, in your perfect understanding of Him, you know there is but one Will. 6 Yet when you attack any part of God and His Kingdom your understanding is not perfect, and what you really want is therefore lost to you.
T-11.II.2. Healing thus becomes a lesson in understanding, and the more you practice it the better teacher and learner you become. 2 If you have denied truth, what better witnesses to its reality could you have than those who have been healed by it? 3 But be sure to count yourself among them, for in your willingness to join them is your healing accomplished. 4 Every miracle that you accomplish speaks to you of the Fatherhood of God. 5 Every healing thought that you accept, either from your brother or in your own mind, teaches you that you are God's Son. 6 In every hurtful thought you hold, wherever you perceive it, lies the denial of God's Fatherhood and of your Sonship.
T-11.II.3. And denial is as total as love. 2 You cannot deny part of yourself, because the rest will seem to be separate and therefore without meaning. 3 And being without meaning to you, you will not understand it. 4 To deny meaning is to fail to understand. 5 You can heal only yourself, for only God's Son needs healing. 6 You need it because you do not understand yourself, and therefore know not what you do. 7 Having forgotten your will, you do not know what you really want.
T-11.II.4. Healing is a sign that you want to make whole. 2 And this willingness opens your ears to the Voice of the Holy Spirit, Whose message is wholeness. 3 He will enable you to go far beyond the healing you would undertake, for beside your small willingness to make whole He will lay His Own complete Will and make yours whole. 4 What can the Son of God not accomplish with the Fatherhood of God in him? 5 And yet the invitation must come from you, for you have surely learned that whom you invite as your guest will abide with you.
T-11.II.5. The Holy Spirit cannot speak to an unwelcoming host, because He will not be heard. p197 2 The Eternal Guest remains, but His Voice grows faint in alien company. 3 He needs your protection, only because your care is a sign that you want Him. 4 Think like Him ever so slightly, and the little spark becomes a blazing light that fills your mind so that He becomes your only Guest. 5 Whenever you ask the ego to enter, you lessen His welcome. 6 He will remain, but you have allied yourself against Him. 7 Whatever journey you choose to take, He will go with you, waiting. 8 You can safely trust His patience, for He cannot leave a part of God. 9 Yet you need far more than patience.
T-11.II.6. You will never rest until you know your function and fulfill it, for only in this can your will and your Father's be wholly joined. 2 To have Him is to be like Him, and He has given Himself to you. 3 You who have God must be as God, for His function became yours with His gift. 4 Invite this knowledge back into your mind, and let nothing that obscures it enter. 5 The Guest Whom God sent you will teach you how to do this, if you but recognize the little spark and are willing to let it grow. 6 Your willingness need not be perfect, because His is. 7 If you will merely offer Him a little place, He will lighten it so much that you will gladly let it be increased. 8 And by this increase, you will begin to remember creation.
T-11.II.7. Would you be hostage to the ego or host to God? 2 You will accept only whom you invite. 3 You are free to determine who shall be your guest, and how long he shall remain with you. 4 Yet this is not real freedom, for it still depends on how you see it. 5 The Holy Spirit is there, although He cannot help you without your invitation. 6 And the ego is nothing, whether you invite it in or not. 7 Real freedom depends on welcoming reality, and of your guests only the Holy Spirit is real. 8 Know, then, Who abides with you merely by recognizing what is there already, and do not be satisfied with imaginary comforters, for the Comforter of God is in you.
III. From Darkness to Light
T-11.III.1. When you are weary, remember you have hurt yourself. 2 Your Comforter will rest you, but you cannot. 3 You do not know how, for if you did you could never have grown weary. 4 Unless you hurt yourself you could never suffer in any way, for that is not God's Will for His Son. 5 Pain is not of Him, for He knows no attack and His peace surrounds you silently. p198 6 God is very quiet, for there is no conflict in Him. 7 Conflict is the root of all evil, for being blind it does not see whom it attacks. 8 Yet it always attacks the Son of God, and the Son of God is you.
T-11.III.2. God's Son is indeed in need of comfort, for he knows not what he does, believing his will is not his own. 2 The Kingdom is his, and yet he wanders homeless. 3 At home in God he is lonely, and amid all his brothers he is friendless. 4 Would God let this be real, when He did not will to be alone Himself? 5 And if your will is His it cannot be true of you, because it is not true of Him.
T-11.III.3. O my child, if you knew what God wills for you, your joy would be complete! 2 And what He wills has happened, for it was always true. 3 When the light comes and you have said, "God's Will is mine," you will see such beauty that you will know it is not of you. 4 Out of your joy you will create beauty in His Name, for your joy could no more be contained than His. 5 The bleak little world will vanish into nothingness, and your heart will be so filled with joy that it will leap into Heaven, and into the Presence of God. 6 I cannot tell you what this will be like, for your heart is not ready. 7 Yet I can tell you, and remind you often, that what God wills for Himself He wills for you, and what He wills for you is yours.
T-11.III.4. The way is not hard, but it <is> very different. 2 Yours is the way of pain, of which God knows nothing. 3 That way is hard indeed, and very lonely. 4 Fear and grief are your guests, and they go with you and abide with you on the way. 5 But the dark journey is not the way of God's Son. 6 Walk in light and do not see the dark companions, for they are not fit companions for the Son of God, who was created <of> light and <in> light. 7 The Great Light always surrounds you and shines out from you. 8 How can you see the dark companions in a light such as this? 9 If you see them, it is only because you are denying the light. 10 But deny them instead, for the light is here and the way is clear.
T-11.III.5. God hides nothing from His Son, even though His Son would hide himself. 2 Yet the Son of God cannot hide his glory, for God wills him to be glorious, and gave him the light that shines in him. 3 You will never lose your way, for God leads you. 4 When you wander, you but undertake a journey that is not real. 5 The dark companions, the dark way, are all illusions. 6 Turn toward the light, for the little spark in you is part of a light so great that it can sweep you out of all darkness forever. 7 For your Father <is> your Creator, and you <are> like Him. p199
T-11.III.6. The children of light cannot abide in darkness, for darkness is not in them. 2 Do not be deceived by the dark comforters, and never let them enter the mind of God's Son, for they have no place in His temple. 3 When you are tempted to deny Him remember that there <are> no other gods to place before Him, and accept His Will for you in peace. 4 For you cannot accept it otherwise.
T-11.III.7. Only God's Comforter can comfort you. 2 In the quiet of His temple, He waits to give you the peace that is yours. 3 Give His peace, that you may enter the temple and find it waiting for you. 4 But be holy in the Presence of God, or you will not know that you are there. 5 For what is unlike God cannot enter His Mind, because it was not His Thought and therefore does not belong to Him. 6 And your mind must be as pure as His, if you would know what belongs to you. 7 Guard carefully His temple, for He Himself dwells there and abides in peace. 8 You cannot enter God's Presence with the dark companions beside you, but you also cannot enter alone. 9 All your brothers must enter with you, for until you have accepted them <you> cannot enter. 10 For you cannot understand wholeness unless you are whole, and no part of the Son can be excluded if he would know the Wholeness of his Father.
T-11.III.8. In your mind you can accept the whole Sonship and bless it with the light your Father gave it. 2 Then you will be worthy to dwell in the temple with Him, because it is your will not to be alone. 3 God blessed His Son forever. 4 If you will bless him in time, you will be in eternity. 5 Time cannot separate you from God if you use it on behalf of the eternal.
IV. The Inheritance of God's Son
T-11.IV.1. Never forget that the Sonship is your salvation, for the Sonship is your Self. 2 As God's creation It is yours, and belonging to you It is His. 3 Your Self does not need salvation, but your mind needs to learn what salvation is. 4 You are not saved <from> anything, but you are saved <for> glory. 5 Glory is your inheritance, given you by your Creator that you might extend it. 6 Yet if you hate part of your Self all your understanding is lost, because you are looking on what God created as yourself without love. 7 And since what He created is part of Him, you are denying Him His place in His Own altar. p200
T-11.IV.2. Could you try to make God homeless and know that you are at home? 2 Can the Son deny the Father without believing that the Father has denied him? 3 God's laws hold only for your protection, and they never hold in vain. 4 What you experience when you deny your Father is still for your protection, for the power of your will cannot be lessened without the intervention of God against it, and any limitation on your power is not the Will of God. 5 Therefore, look only to the power that God gave to save you, remembering that it is yours <because> it is His, and join with your brothers in His peace.
T-11.IV.3. Your peace lies in its limitlessness. 2 Limit the peace you share, and your Self must be unknown to you. 3 Every altar to God is part of you, because the light He created is one with Him. 4 Would you cut off a brother from the light that is yours? 5 You would not do so if you realized that you can darken only your own mind. 6 As you bring him back, so will you return. 7 That is the law of God, for the protection of the Wholeness of His Son.
T-11.IV.4. <Only you can deprive yourself of anything.> 2 Do not oppose this realization, for it is truly the beginning of the dawn of light. 3 Remember also that the denial of this simple fact takes many forms, and these you must learn to recognize and to oppose steadfastly, without exception. 4 This is a crucial step in the reawakening. 5 The beginning phases of this reversal are often quite painful, for as blame is withdrawn from without, there is a strong tendency to harbor it within. 6 It is difficult at first to realize that this is exactly the same thing, for there is no distinction between within and without.
T-11.IV.5. If your brothers are part of you and you blame them for your deprivation, you are blaming yourself. 2 And you cannot blame yourself without blaming them. 3 That is why blame must be undone, not seen elsewhere. 4 Lay it to yourself and you cannot know yourself, for only the ego blames at all. 5 Self-blame is therefore ego identification, and as much an ego defense as blaming others. 6 <You cannot enter God's Presence if you attack His Son.> 7 When His Son lifts his voice in praise of his Creator, he will hear the Voice for his Father. 8 Yet the Creator cannot be praised without His Son, for Their glory is shared and They are glorified together.
T-11.IV.6. Christ is at God's altar, waiting to welcome His Son. 2 But come wholly without condemnation, for otherwise you will believe that the door is barred and you cannot enter. 3 The door is not barred, and it is impossible that you cannot enter the place where God would have you be. p201 4 But love yourself with the Love of Christ, for so does your Father love you. 5 You can refuse to enter, but you cannot bar the door that Christ holds open. 6 Come unto me who hold it open for you, for while I live it cannot be shut, and I live forever. 7 God is my life and yours, and nothing is denied by God to His Son.
T-11.IV.7. At God's altar Christ waits for the restoration of Himself in you. 2 God knows His Son as wholly blameless as Himself, and He is approached through the appreciation of His Son. 3 Christ waits for your acceptance of Him as yourself, and of His Wholeness as yours. 4 For Christ is the Son of God, Who lives in His Creator and shines with His glory. 5 Christ is the extension of the Love and the loveliness of God, as perfect as His Creator and at peace with Him.
T-11.IV.8. Blessed is the Son of God whose radiance is of his Father, and whose glory he wills to share as his Father shares it with him. 2 There is no condemnation in the Son, for there is no condemnation in the Father. 3 Sharing the perfect Love of the Father the Son must share what belongs to Him, for otherwise he will not know the Father or the Son. 4 Peace be unto you who rest in God, and in whom the whole Sonship rests.
V. The "Dynamics" of the Ego
T-11.V.1. No one can escape from illusions unless he looks at them, for not looking is the way they are protected. 2 There is no need to shrink from illusions, for they cannot be dangerous. 3 We are ready to look more closely at the ego's thought system because together we have the lamp that will dispel it, and since you realize you do not want it, you must be ready. 4 Let us be very calm in doing this, for we are merely looking honestly for truth. 5 The "dynamics" of the ego will be our lesson for a while, for we must look first at this to see beyond it, since you have made it real. 6 We will undo this error quietly together, and then look beyond it to truth.
T-11.V.2. What is healing but the removal of all that stands in the way of knowledge? 2 And how else can one dispel illusions except by looking at them directly, without protecting them? 3 Be not afraid, therefore, for what you will be looking at is the source of fear, and you are beginning to learn that fear is not real. 4 You are also learning that its effects can be dispelled merely by denying their reality. p202 5 The next step is obviously to recognize that what has no effects does not exist. 6 Laws do not operate in a vacuum, and what leads to nothing has not happened. 7 If reality is recognized by its extension, what leads to nothing could not be real. 8 Do not be afraid, then, to look upon fear, for it cannot be seen. 9 Clarity undoes confusion by definition, and to look upon darkness through light must dispel it.
T-11.V.3. Let us begin this lesson in "ego dynamics" by understanding that the term itself does not mean anything. 2 It contains the very contradiction in terms that makes it meaningless. 3 "Dynamics" implies the power to do something, and the whole separation fallacy lies in the belief that the ego <has> the power to do anything. 4 The ego is fearful to you because you believe this. 5 Yet the truth is very simple:
6 All power is of God.
7 What is not of Him has no power to do anything.
T-11.V.4. When we look at the ego, then, we are not considering dynamics but delusions. 2 You can surely regard a delusional system without fear, for it cannot have any effects if its source is not real. 3 Fear becomes more obviously inappropriate if you recognize the ego's goal, which is so clearly senseless that any effort on its behalf is necessarily expended on nothing. 4 The ego's goal is quite explicitly ego autonomy. 5 From the beginning, then, its purpose is to be separate, sufficient unto itself and independent of any power except its own. 6 This is why it is the symbol of separation.
T-11.V.5. Every idea has a purpose, and its purpose is always the natural outcome of what it is. 2 Everything that stems from the ego is the natural outcome of its central belief, and the way to undo its results is merely to recognize that their source is not natural, being out of accord with your true nature. 3 I said before that to will contrary to God is wishful thinking and not real willing. 4 His Will is One <because> the extension of His Will cannot be unlike itself. 5 The real conflict you experience, then, is between the ego's idle wishes and the Will of God, which you share. 6 Can this be a real conflict?
T-11.V.6. Yours is the independence of creation, not of autonomy. 2 Your whole creative function lies in your complete dependence on God, Whose function He shares with you. p203 3 By His willingness to share it, He became as dependent on you as you are on Him. 4 Do not ascribe the ego's arrogance to Him Who wills not to be independent of you. 5 He has included you in His Autonomy. 6 Can you believe that autonomy is meaningful apart from Him? 7 The belief in ego autonomy is costing you the knowledge of your dependence on God, in which your freedom lies. 8 The ego sees all dependency as threatening, and has twisted even your longing for God into a means of establishing itself. 9 But do not be deceived by its interpretation of your conflict.
T-11.V.7. The ego always attacks on behalf of separation. 2 Believing it has the power to do this it does nothing else, because its goal of autonomy <is> nothing else. 3 The ego is totally confused about reality, but it does not lose sight of its goal. 4 It is much more vigilant than you are, because it is perfectly certain of its purpose. 5 You are confused because you do not recognize yours.
T-11.V.8. You must recognize that the last thing the ego wishes you to realize is that you are afraid of it. 2 For if the ego could give rise to fear, it would diminish your independence and weaken your power. 3 Yet its one claim to your allegiance is that it can give power to you. 4 Without this belief you would not listen to it at all. 5 How, then, can its existence continue if you realize that, by accepting it, you are belittling yourself and depriving yourself of power?
T-11.V.9. The ego can and does allow you to regard yourself as supercilious, unbelieving, "lighthearted," distant, emotionally shallow, callous, uninvolved and even desperate, but not really afraid. 2 Minimizing fear, but not its undoing, is the ego's constant effort, and is indeed a skill at which it is very ingenious. 3 How can it preach separation without upholding it through fear, and would you listen to it if you recognized this is what it is doing?
T-11.V.10. Your recognition that whatever seems to separate you from God is only fear, regardless of the form it takes and quite apart from how the ego wants you to experience it, is therefore the basic ego threat. 2 Its dream of autonomy is shaken to its foundation by this awareness. 3 For though you may countenance a false idea of independence, you will not accept the cost of fear if you recognize it. 4 Yet this is the cost, and the ego cannot minimize it. 5 If you overlook love you are overlooking yourself, and you must fear unreality <because> you have denied yourself. 6 By believing that you have successfully attacked truth, you are believing that attack has power. p204 7 Very simply, then, you have become afraid of yourself. 8 And no one wants to find what he believes would destroy him.
T-11.V.11. If the ego's goal of autonomy could be accomplished God's purpose could be defeated, and this is impossible. 2 Only by learning what fear is can you finally learn to distinguish the possible from the impossible and the false from the true. 3 According to the ego's teaching, <its> goal can be accomplished and God's purpose can <not.> 4 According to the Holy Spirit's teaching, <only> God's purpose can be accomplished, and it is accomplished already.
T-11.V.12. God is as dependent on you as you are on Him, because His Autonomy encompasses yours, and is therefore incomplete without it. 2 You can only establish your autonomy by identifying with Him, and fulfilling your function as it exists in truth. 3 The ego believes that to accomplish its goal is happiness. 4 But it is given you to know that God's function is yours, and happiness cannot be found apart from Your joint Will. 5 Recognize only that the ego's goal, which you have pursued so diligently, has merely brought you fear, and it becomes difficult to maintain that fear is happiness. 6 Upheld by fear, this is what the ego would have you believe. 7 Yet God's Son is not insane, and cannot believe it. 8 Let him but recognize it and he will not accept it. 9 For only the insane would choose fear in place of love, and only the insane could believe that love can be gained by attack. 10 But the sane realize that only attack could produce fear, from which the Love of God completely protects them.
T-11.V.13. The ego analyzes; the Holy Spirit accepts. 2 The appreciation of wholeness comes only through acceptance, for to analyze means to break down or to separate out. 3 The attempt to understand totality by breaking it down is clearly the characteristically contradictory approach of the ego to everything. 4 The ego believes that power, understanding and truth lie in separation, and to establish this belief it must attack. 5 Unaware that the belief cannot be established, and obsessed with the conviction that separation is salvation, the ego attacks everything it perceives by breaking it into small, disconnected parts, without meaningful relationships and therefore without meaning. 6 The ego will always substitute chaos for meaning, for if separation is salvation, harmony is threat.
T-11.V.14. The ego's interpretations of the laws of perception are, and would have to be, the exact opposite of the Holy Spirit's. p205 2 The ego focuses on error and overlooks truth. 3 It makes real every mistake it perceives, and with characteristically circular reasoning concludes that because of the mistake consistent truth must be meaningless. 4 The next step, then, is obvious. 5 If consistent truth is meaningless, inconsistency must be true. 6 Holding error clearly in mind, and protecting what it has made real, the ego proceeds to the next step in its thought system: Error is real and truth is error.
T-11.V.15. The ego makes no attempt to understand this, and it is clearly not understandable, but the ego does make every attempt to demonstrate it, and this it does constantly. 2 Analyzing to attack meaning, the ego succeeds in overlooking it and is left with a series of fragmented perceptions which it unifies on behalf of itself. 3 This, then, becomes the universe it perceives. 4 And it is this universe which, in turn, becomes its demonstration of its own reality.
T-11.V.16. Do not underestimate the appeal of the ego's demonstrations to those who would listen. 2 Selective perception chooses its witnesses carefully, and its witnesses are consistent. 3 The case for insanity is strong to the insane. 4 For reasoning ends at its beginning, and no thought system transcends its source. 5 Yet reasoning without meaning cannot demonstrate anything, and those who are convinced by it must be deluded. 6 Can the ego teach truly when it overlooks truth? 7 Can it perceive what it has denied? 8 Its witnesses do attest to its denial, but hardly to what it has denied. 9 The ego looks straight at the Father and does not see Him, for it has denied His Son.
T-11.V.17. Would <you> remember the Father? 2 Accept His Son and you will remember Him. 3 Nothing can demonstrate that His Son is unworthy, for nothing can prove that a lie is true. 4 What you see of His Son through the eyes of the ego is a demonstration that His Son does not exist, yet where the Son is the Father must be. 5 Accept what God does not deny, and it will demonstrate its truth. 6 The witnesses for God stand in His light and behold what He created. 7 Their silence is the sign that they have beheld God's Son, and in the Presence of Christ they need demonstrate nothing, for Christ speaks to them of Himself and of His Father. 8 They are silent because Christ speaks to them, and it is His words they speak.
T-11.V.18. Every brother you meet becomes a witness for Christ or for the ego, depending on what you perceive in him. p206 2 Everyone convinces you of what you want to perceive, and of the reality of the kingdom you have chosen for your vigilance. 3 Everything you perceive is a witness to the thought system you want to be true. 4 Every brother has the power to release you, if you choose to be free. 5 You cannot accept false witness of him unless you have evoked false witnesses against him. 6 If he speaks not of Christ to you, you spoke not of Christ to him. 7 You hear but your own voice, and if Christ speaks through you, you will hear Him.
VI. Waking to Redemption
T-11.VI.1. It is impossible not to believe what you see, but it is equally impossible to see what you do not believe. 2 Perceptions are built up on the basis of experience, and experience leads to beliefs. 3 It is not until beliefs are fixed that perceptions stabilize. 4 In effect, then, what you believe you <do> see. 5 That is what I meant when I said, "Blessed are ye who have not seen and still believe," for those who believe in the resurrection will see it. 6 The resurrection is the complete triumph of Christ over the ego, not by attack but by transcendence. 7 For Christ does rise above the ego and all its works, and ascends to the Father and His Kingdom.
T-11.VI.2. Would you join in the resurrection or the crucifixion? 2 Would you condemn your brothers or free them? 3 Would you transcend your prison and ascend to the Father? 4 These questions are all the same, and are answered together. 5 There has been much confusion about what perception means, because the word is used both for awareness and for the interpretation of awareness. 6 Yet you cannot be aware without interpretation, for what you perceive <is> your interpretation.
T-11.VI.3. This course is perfectly clear. 2 If you do not see it clearly, it is because you are interpreting against it, and therefore do not believe it. 3 And since belief determines perception, you do not perceive what it means and therefore do not accept it. 4 Yet different experiences lead to different beliefs, and with them different perceptions. 5 For perceptions are learned <with> beliefs, and experience does teach. 6 I am leading you to a new kind of experience that you will become less and less willing to deny. 7 Learning of Christ is easy, for to perceive with Him involves no strain at all. 8 His perceptions are your natural awareness, and it is only the distortions you introduce that tire you. p207 9 Let the Christ in you interpret for you, and do not try to limit what you see by narrow little beliefs that are unworthy of God's Son. 10 For until Christ comes into His Own, the Son of God will see himself as Fatherless.
T-11.VI.4. I am <your> resurrection and <your> life. 2 You live in me because you live in God. 3 And everyone lives in you, as you live in everyone. 4 Can you, then, perceive unworthiness in a brother and not perceive it in yourself? 5 And can you perceive it in yourself and not perceive it in God? 6 Believe in the resurrection because it has been accomplished, and it has been accomplished in you. 7 This is as true now as it will ever be, for the resurrection is the Will of God, which knows no time and no exceptions. 8 But make no exceptions yourself, or you will not perceive what has been accomplished for you. 9 For we ascend unto the Father together, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, for such is the nature of God's Son as his Father created him.
T-11.VI.5. Do not underestimate the power of the devotion of God's Son, nor the power the god he worships has over him. 2 For he places himself at the altar of his god, whether it be the god he made or the God Who created him. 3 That is why his slavery is as complete as his freedom, for he will obey only the god he accepts. 4 The god of crucifixion demands that he crucify, and his worshippers obey. 5 In his name they crucify themselves, believing that the power of the Son of God is born of sacrifice and pain. 6 The God of resurrection demands nothing, for He does not will to take away. 7 He does not require obedience, for obedience implies submission. 8 He would only have you learn your will and follow it, not in the spirit of sacrifice and submission, but in the gladness of freedom.
T-11.VI.6. Resurrection must compel your allegiance gladly, because it is the symbol of joy. 2 Its whole compelling power lies in the fact that it represents what you want to be. 3 The freedom to leave behind everything that hurts you and humbles you and frightens you cannot be thrust upon you, but it can be offered you through the grace of God. 4 And you can accept it by His grace, for God is gracious to His Son, accepting him without question as His Own. 5 Who, then, is <your> own? 6 The Father has given you all that is His, and He Himself is yours with them. 7 Guard them in their resurrection, for otherwise you will not awake in God, safely surrounded by what is yours forever.
T-11.VI.7. You will not find peace until you have removed the nails from the hands of God's Son, and taken the last thorn from his forehead. p208 2 The Love of God surrounds His Son whom the god of crucifixion condemns. 3 Teach not that I died in vain. 4 Teach rather that I did not die by demonstrating that I live in you. 5 For the undoing of the crucifixion of God's Son is the work of the redemption, in which everyone has a part of equal value. 6 God does not judge His guiltless Son. 7 Having given Himself to him, how could it be otherwise?
T-11.VI.8. You have nailed yourself to a cross, and placed a crown of thorns upon your own head. 2 Yet you cannot crucify God's Son, for the Will of God cannot die. 3 His Son has been redeemed from his own crucifixion, and you cannot assign to death whom God has given eternal life. 4 The dream of crucifixion still lies heavy on your eyes, but what you see in dreams is not reality. 5 While you perceive the Son of God as crucified, you are asleep. 6 And as long as you believe that you can crucify him, you are only having nightmares. 7 You who are beginning to wake are still aware of dreams, and have not yet forgotten them. 8 The forgetting of dreams and the awareness of Christ come with the awakening of others to share your redemption.
T-11.VI.9. You will awaken to your own call, for the Call to awake is within you. 2 If I live in you, you are awake. 3 Yet you must see the works I do through you, or you will not perceive that I have done them unto you. 4 Do not set limits on what you believe I can do through you, or you will not accept what I can do <for> you. 5 Yet it is done already, and unless you give all that you have received you will not know that your redeemer liveth, and that you have awakened with him. 6 Redemption is recognized only by sharing it.
T-11.VI.10. God's Son <is> saved. 2 Bring only this awareness to the Sonship, and you will have a part in the redemption as valuable as mine. 3 For your part must be like mine if you learn it of me. 4 If you believe that yours is limited, you are limiting mine. 5 There is no order of difficulty in miracles because all of God's Sons are of equal value, and their equality is their oneness. 6 The whole power of God is in every part of Him, and nothing contradictory to His Will is either great or small. 7 What does not exist has no size and no measure. 8 To God all things are possible. 9 And to Christ it is given to be like the Father. p209
VII. The Condition of Reality
T-11.VII.1. The world as you perceive it cannot have been created by the Father, for the world is not as you see it. 2 God created only the eternal, and everything you see is perishable. 3 Therefore, there must be another world that you do not see. 4 The Bible speaks of a new Heaven and a new earth, yet this cannot be literally true, for the eternal are not re-created. 5 To perceive anew is merely to perceive again, implying that before, or in the interval between, you were not perceiving at all. 6 What, then, is the world that awaits your perception when you see it?
T-11.VII.2. Every loving thought that the Son of God ever had is eternal. 2 The loving thoughts his mind perceives in this world are the world's only reality. 3 They are still perceptions, because he still believes that he is separate. 4 Yet they are eternal because they are loving. 5 And being loving they are like the Father, and therefore cannot die. 6 The real world can actually be perceived. 7 All that is necessary is a willingness to perceive nothing else. 8 For if you perceive both good and evil, you are accepting both the false and the true and making no distinction between them.
T-11.VII.3. The ego may see some good, but never only good. 2 That is why its perceptions are so variable. 3 It does not reject goodness entirely, for that you could not accept. 4 But it always adds something that is not real to the real, thus confusing illusion and reality. 5 For perceptions cannot be partly true. 6 If you believe in truth and illusion, you cannot tell which is true. 7 To establish your personal autonomy you tried to create unlike your Father, believing that what you made is capable of being unlike Him. 8 Yet everything true <is> like Him. 9 Perceiving only the real world will lead you to the real Heaven, because it will make you capable of understanding it.
T-11.VII.4. The perception of goodness is not knowledge, but the denial of the opposite of goodness enables you to recognize a condition in which opposites do not exist. 2 And this <is> the condition of knowledge. 3 Without this awareness you have not met its conditions, and until you do you will not know it is yours already. 4 You have made many ideas that you have placed between yourself and your Creator, and these beliefs are the world as you perceive it. 5 Truth is not absent here, but it is obscure. 6 You do not know the difference between what you have made and what God created, and so you do not know the difference between what you have made and what <you> have created. p210 7 To believe that you can perceive the real world is to believe that you can know yourself. 8 You can know God because it is His Will to be known. 9 The real world is all that the Holy Spirit has saved for you out of what you have made, and to perceive only this is salvation, because it is the recognition that reality is only what is true.
VIII. The Problem and the Answer
T-11.VIII.1. This is a very simple course. 2 Perhaps you do not feel you need a course which, in the end, teaches that only reality is true. 3 But do you believe it? 4 When you perceive the real world, you will recognize that you did not believe it. 5 Yet the swiftness with which your new and only real perception will be translated into knowledge will leave you but an instant to realize that this alone is true. 6 And then everything you made will be forgotten; the good and the bad, the false and the true. 7 For as Heaven and earth become one, even the real world will vanish from your sight. 8 The end of the world is not its destruction, but its translation into Heaven. 9 The reinterpretation of the world is the transfer of all perception to knowledge.
T-11.VIII.2. The Bible tells you to become as little children. 2 Little children recognize that they do not understand what they perceive, and so they ask what it means. 3 Do not make the mistake of believing that you understand what you perceive, for its meaning is lost to you. 4 Yet the Holy Spirit has saved its meaning for you, and if you will let Him interpret it, He will restore to you what you have thrown away. 5 Yet while you think you know its meaning, you will see no need to ask it of Him.
T-11.VIII.3. You do not know the meaning of anything you perceive. 2 Not one thought you hold is wholly true. 3 The recognition of this is your firm beginning. 4 You are not misguided; you have accepted no guide at all. 5 Instruction in perception is your great need, for you understand nothing. 6 Recognize this but do not accept it, for understanding is your inheritance. 7 Perceptions are learned, and you are not without a Teacher. 8 Yet your willingness to learn of Him depends on your willingness to question everything you learned of yourself, for you who learned amiss should not be your own teacher.
T-11.VIII.4. No one can withhold truth except from himself. 2 Yet God will not refuse you the Answer He gave. p211 3 Ask, then, for what is yours, but which you did not make, and do not defend yourself against truth. 4 You made the problem God has answered. 5 Ask yourself, therefore, but one simple question:
6 Do I want the problem or do I want the answer?
7 Decide for the answer and you will have it, for you will see it as it is, and it is yours already.
T-11.VIII.5. You may complain that this course is not sufficiently specific for you to understand and use. 2 Yet perhaps you have not done what it specifically advocates. 3 This is not a course in the play of ideas, but in their practical application. 4 Nothing could be more specific than to be told that if you ask you will receive. 5 The Holy Spirit will answer every specific problem as long as you believe that problems are specific. 6 His answer is both many and one, as long as you believe that the one is many. 7 You may be afraid of His specificity, for fear of what you think it will demand of you. 8 Yet only by asking will you learn that nothing of God demands anything of you. 9 God gives; He does not take. 10 When you refuse to ask, it is because you believe that asking is taking rather than sharing.
T-11.VIII.6. The Holy Spirit will give you only what is yours, and will take nothing in return. 2 For what is yours is everything, and you share it with God. 3 That is its reality. 4 Would the Holy Spirit, Who wills only to restore, be capable of misinterpreting the question you must ask to learn His answer? 5 You <have> heard the answer, but you have misunderstood the question. 6 You believe that to ask for guidance of the Holy Spirit is to ask for deprivation.
T-11.VIII.7. Little child of God, you do not understand your Father. 2 You believe in a world that takes, because you believe that you can get by taking. 3 And by that perception you have lost sight of the real world. 4 You are afraid of the world as you see it, but the real world is still yours for the asking. 5 Do not deny it to yourself, for it can only free you. 6 Nothing of God will enslave His Son whom He created free and whose freedom is protected by His Being. 7 Blessed are you who are willing to ask the truth of God without fear, for only thus can you learn that His answer is the release from fear.
T-11.VIII.8. Beautiful child of God, you are asking only for what I promised you. 2 Do you believe I would deceive you? 3 The Kingdom of Heaven <is> within you. p212 4 Believe that the truth is in me, for I know that it is in you. 5 God's Sons have nothing they do not share. 6 Ask for truth of any Son of God, and you have asked it of me. 7 Not one of us but has the answer in him, to give to anyone who asks it of him.
T-11.VIII.9. Ask anything of God's Son and his Father will answer you, for Christ is not deceived in His Father and His Father is not deceived in Him. 2 Do not, then, be deceived in your brother, and see only his loving thoughts as his reality, for by denying that his mind is split you will heal yours. 3 Accept him as his Father accepts him and heal him unto Christ, for Christ is his healing and yours. 4 Christ is the Son of God Who is in no way separate from His Father, Whose every thought is as loving as the Thought of His Father by which He was created. 5 Be not deceived in God's Son, for thereby you must be deceived in yourself. 6 And being deceived in yourself you are deceived in your Father, in Whom no deceit is possible.
T-11.VIII.10. In the real world there is no sickness, for there is no separation and no division. 2 Only loving thoughts are recognized, and because no one is without your help, the Help of God goes with you everywhere. 3 As you become willing to accept this Help by asking for It, you will give It because you want It. 4 Nothing will be beyond your healing power, because nothing will be denied your simple request. 5 What problems will not disappear in the Presence of God's Answer? 6 Ask, then, to learn of the reality of your brother, because this is what you will perceive in him, and you will see your beauty reflected in his.
T-11.VIII.11. Do not accept your brother's variable perception of himself for his split mind is yours, and you will not accept your healing without his. 2 For you share the real world as you share Heaven, and his healing is yours. 3 To love yourself is to heal yourself, and you cannot perceive part of you as sick and achieve your goal. 4 Brother, we heal together as we live together and love together. 5 Be not deceived in God's Son, for he is one with himself and one with his Father. 6 Love him who is beloved of his Father, and you will learn of the Father's Love for you.
T-11.VIII.12. If you perceive offense in a brother pluck the offense from your mind, for you are offended by Christ and are deceived in Him. 2 Heal in Christ and be not offended by Him, for there is no offense in Him. 3 If what you perceive offends you, you are offended in yourself and are condemning God's Son whom God condemneth not. p213 4 Let the Holy Spirit remove all offenses of God's Son against himself and perceive no one but through His guidance, for He would save you from all condemnation. 5 Accept His healing power and use it for all He sends you, for He wills to heal the Son of God, in whom He is not deceived.
T-11.VIII.13. Children perceive frightening ghosts and monsters and dragons, and they are terrified. 2 Yet if they ask someone they trust for the meaning of what they perceive, and are willing to let their own interpretations go in favor of reality, their fear goes with them. 3 When a child is helped to translate his "ghost" into a curtain, his "monster" into a shadow, and his "dragon" into a dream he is no longer afraid, and laughs happily at his own fear.
T-11.VIII.14. You, my child, are afraid of your brothers and of your Father and of yourself. 2 But you are merely deceived in them. 3 Ask what they are of the Teacher of reality, and hearing His answer, you too will laugh at your fears and replace them with peace. 4 For fear lies not in reality, but in the minds of children who do not understand reality. 5 It is only their lack of understanding that frightens them, and when they learn to perceive truly they are not afraid. 6 And because of this they will ask for truth again when they are frightened. 7 It is not the reality of your brothers or your Father or yourself that frightens you. 8 You do not know what they are, and so you perceive them as ghosts and monsters and dragons. 9 Ask what their reality is from the One Who knows it, and He will tell you what they are. 10 For you do not understand them, and because you are deceived by what you see you need reality to dispel your fears.
T-11.VIII.15. Would you not exchange your fears for truth, if the exchange is yours for the asking? 2 For if God is not deceived in you, you can be deceived only in yourself. 3 Yet you can learn the truth about yourself from the Holy Spirit, Who will teach you that, as part of God, deceit in you is impossible. 4 When you perceive yourself without deceit, you will accept the real world in place of the false one you have made. 5 And then your Father will lean down to you and take the last step for you, by raising you unto Himself. p214
THE HOLY SPIRIT'S CURRICULUM
I. The Judgment of the Holy Spirit
T-12.I.1. You have been told not to make error real, and the way to do this is very simple. 2 If you want to believe in error, you would have to make it real because it is not true. 3 But truth is real in its own right, and to believe in truth <you do not have to do anything>. 4 Understand that you do not respond to anything directly, but to your interpretation of it. 5 Your interpretation thus becomes the justification for the response. 6 That is why analyzing the motives of others is hazardous to you. 7 If you decide that someone is really trying to attack you or desert you or enslave you, you will respond as if he had actually done so, having made his error real to you. 8 To interpret error is to give it power, and having done this you will overlook truth.
T-12.I.2. The analysis of ego motivation is very complicated, very obscuring, and never without your own ego involvement. 2 The whole process represents a clear-cut attempt to demonstrate your own ability to understand what you perceive. 3 This is shown by the fact that you react to your interpretations as if they were correct. 4 You may then control your reactions behaviorally, but not emotionally. 5 This would obviously be a split or an attack on the integrity of your mind, pitting one level within it against another.
T-12.I.3. There is but one interpretation of motivation that makes any sense. 2 And because it is the Holy Spirit's judgment it requires no effort at all on your part. 3 Every loving thought is true. 4 Everything else is an appeal for healing and help, regardless of the form it takes. 5 Can anyone be justified in responding with anger to a brother's plea for help? 6 No response can be appropriate except the willingness to give it to him, for this and only this is what he is asking for. 7 Offer him anything else, and you are assuming the right to attack his reality by interpreting it as you see fit. 8 Perhaps the danger of this to your own mind is not yet fully apparent. 9 If you believe that an appeal for help is something else you will react to something else. 10 Your response will therefore be inappropriate to reality as it is, but not to your perception of it.
T-12.I.4. There is nothing to prevent you from recognizing all calls for help as exactly what they are except your own imagined need to attack. p215 2 It is only this that makes you willing to engage in endless "battles" with reality, in which you deny the reality of the need for healing by making it unreal. 3 You would not do this except for your unwillingness to accept reality as it is, and which you therefore withhold from yourself.
T-12.I.5. It is surely good advice to tell you not to judge what you do not understand. 2 No one with a personal investment is a reliable witness, for truth to him has become what he wants it to be. 3 If you are unwilling to perceive an appeal for help as what it is, it is because you are unwilling to give help and to receive it. 4 To fail to recognize a call for help is to refuse help. 5 Would you maintain that you do not need it? 6 Yet this is what you are maintaining when you refuse to recognize a brother's appeal, for only by answering his appeal <can> you be helped. 7 Deny him your help and you will not recognize God's Answer to you. 8 The Holy Spirit does not need your help in interpreting motivation, but you do need His.
T-12.I.6. Only appreciation is an appropriate response to your brother. 2 Gratitude is due him for both his loving thoughts and his appeals for help, for both are capable of bringing love into your awareness if you perceive them truly. 3 And all your sense of strain comes from your attempts not to do just this. 4 How simple, then, is God's plan for salvation. 5 There is but one response to reality, for reality evokes no conflict at all. 6 There is but one Teacher of reality, Who understands what it is. 7 He does not change His Mind about reality because reality does not change. 8 Although your interpretations of reality are meaningless in your divided state, His remain consistently true. 9 He gives them to you because they are <for> you. 10 Do not attempt to "help" a brother in your way, for you cannot help yourself. 11 But hear his call for the Help of God, and you will recognize your own need for the Father.
T-12.I.7. Your interpretations of your brother's needs are your interpretation of yours. 2 By giving help you are asking for it, and if you perceive but one need in yourself you will be healed. 3 For you will recognize God's Answer as you want It to be, and if you want It in truth, It will be truly yours. 4 Every appeal you answer in the Name of Christ brings the remembrance of your Father closer to your awareness. 5 For the sake of your need, then, hear every call for help as what it is, so God can answer <you.> p216
T-12.I.8. By applying the Holy Spirit's interpretation of the reactions of others more and more consistently, you will gain an increasing awareness that His criteria are equally applicable to you. 2 For to recognize fear is not enough to escape from it, although the recognition is necessary to demonstrate the need for escape. 3 The Holy Spirit must still translate the fear into truth. 4 If you were left with the fear, once you had recognized it, you would have taken a step away from reality, not towards it. 5 Yet we have repeatedly emphasized the need to recognize fear and face it without disguise as a crucial step in the undoing of the ego. 6 Consider how well the Holy Spirit's interpretation of the motives of others will serve you then. 7 Having taught you to accept only loving thoughts in others and to regard everything else as an appeal for help, He has taught you that fear itself is an appeal for help. 8 This is what recognizing fear really means. 9 If you do not protect it, He will reinterpret it. 10 That is the ultimate value in learning to perceive attack as a call for love. 11 We have already learned that fear and attack are inevitably associated. 12 If only attack produces fear, and if you see attack as the call for help that it is, the unreality of fear must dawn on you. 13 For fear <is> a call for love, in unconscious recognition of what has been denied.
T-12.I.9. Fear is a symptom of your own deep sense of loss. 2 If when you perceive it in others you learn to supply the loss, the basic cause of fear is removed. 3 Thereby you teach yourself that fear does not exist in you. 4 The means for removing it is in yourself, and you have demonstrated this by giving it. 5 Fear and love are the only emotions of which you are capable. 6 One is false, for it was made out of denial; and denial depends on the belief in what is denied for its own existence. 7 By interpreting fear correctly as a positive affirmation of the underlying belief it masks, you are undermining its perceived usefulness by rendering it useless. 8 Defenses that do not work at all are automatically discarded. 9 If you raise what fear conceals to clear-cut unequivocal predominance, fear becomes meaningless. 10 You have denied its power to conceal love, which was its only purpose. 11 The veil that you have drawn across the face of love has disappeared.
T-12.I.10. If you would look upon love, which <is> the world's reality, how could you do better than to recognize, in every defense against it, the underlying appeal <for> it? 2 And how could you better learn of its reality than by answering the appeal for it by giving it? 3 The Holy Spirit's interpretation of fear does dispel it, for the awareness of truth cannot be denied. p217 4 Thus does the Holy Spirit replace fear with love and translate error into truth. 5 And thus will you learn of Him how to replace your dream of separation with the fact of unity. 6 For the separation is only the denial of union, and correctly interpreted, attests to your eternal knowledge that union is true.
II. The Way to Remember God
T-12.II.1. Miracles are merely the translation of denial into truth. 2 If to love oneself is to heal oneself, those who are sick do not love themselves. 3 Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them, but which they are denying to themselves. 4 If they knew the truth about themselves they could not be sick. 5 The task of the miracle worker thus becomes <to deny the denial of truth.> 6 The sick must heal themselves, for the truth is in them. 7 Yet having obscured it, the light in another mind must shine into theirs because that light <is> theirs.
T-12.II.2. The light in them shines as brightly regardless of the density of the fog that obscures it. 2 If you give no power to the fog to obscure the light, it has none. 3 For it has power only if the Son of God gives power to it. 4 He must himself withdraw that power, remembering that all power is of God. 5 You can remember this for all the Sonship. 6 Do not allow your brother not to remember, for his forgetfulness is yours. 7 But your remembering is his, for God cannot be remembered alone. 8 <This is what you have forgotten.> 9 To perceive the healing of your brother as the healing of yourself is thus the way to remember God. 10 For you forgot your brothers with Him, and God's Answer to your forgetting is but the way to remember.
T-12.II.3. Perceive in sickness but another call for love, and offer your brother what he believes he cannot offer himself. 2 Whatever the sickness, there is but one remedy. 3 You will be made whole as you make whole, for to perceive in sickness the appeal for health is to recognize in hatred the call for love. 4 And to give a brother what he really wants is to offer it unto yourself, for your Father wills you to know your brother as yourself. 5 Answer his call for love, and yours is answered. 6 Healing is the Love of Christ for His Father and for Himself.
T-12.II.4. Remember what was said about the frightening perceptions of little children, which terrify them because they do not understand them. p218 2 If they ask for enlightenment and accept it, their fears vanish. 3 But if they hide their nightmares they will keep them. 4 It is easy to help an uncertain child, for he recognizes that he does not understand what his perceptions mean. 5 Yet you believe that you do understand yours. 6 Little child, you are hiding your head under the cover of the heavy blankets you have laid upon yourself. 7 You are hiding your nightmares in the darkness of your own false certainty, and refusing to open your eyes and look at them.
T-12.II.5. Let us not save nightmares, for they are not fitting offerings for Christ, and so they are not fit gifts for you. 2 Take off the covers and look at what you are afraid of. 3 Only the anticipation will frighten you, for the reality of nothingness cannot be frightening. 4 Let us not delay this, for your dream of hatred will not leave you without help, and Help is here. 5 Learn to be quiet in the midst of turmoil, for quietness is the end of strife and this is the journey to peace. 6 Look straight at every image that rises to delay you, for the goal is inevitable because it is eternal. 7 The goal of love is but your right, and it belongs to you despite your dreams.
T-12.II.6. You still want what God wills, and no nightmare can defeat a child of God in his purpose. 2 For your purpose was given you by God, and you must accomplish it because it is His Will. 3 Awake and remember your purpose, for it is your will to do so. 4 What has been accomplished for you must be yours. 5 Do not let your hatred stand in the way of love, for nothing can withstand the Love of Christ for His Father, or His Father's Love for Him.
T-12.II.7. A little while and you will see me, for I am not hidden because <you> are hiding. 2 I will awaken you as surely as I awakened myself, for I awoke for you. 3 In my resurrection is your release. 4 Our mission is to escape from crucifixion, not from redemption. 5 Trust in my help, for I did not walk alone, and I will walk with you as our Father walked with me. 6 Do you not know that I walked with Him in peace? 7 And does not that mean that peace goes with <us> on the journey?
T-12.II.8. There is no fear in perfect love. 2 We will but be making perfect to you what is already perfect in you. 3 You do not fear the unknown but the known. 4 You will not fail in your mission because I did not fail in mine. 5 Give me but a little trust in the name of the complete trust I have in you, and we will easily accomplish the goal of perfection together. 6 For perfection <is,> and cannot be denied. p219 7 To deny the denial of perfection is not so difficult as to deny truth, and what we can accomplish together will be believed when you see it as accomplished.
T-12.II.9. You who have tried to banish love have not succeeded, but you who choose to banish fear must succeed. 2 The Lord is with you, but you know it not. 3 Yet your Redeemer liveth, and abideth in you in the peace out of which He was created. 4 Would you not exchange this awareness for the awareness of fear? 5 When we have overcome fear-not by hiding it, not by minimizing it, and not by denying its full import in any way-this is what you will really see. 6 You cannot lay aside the obstacles to real vision without looking upon them, for to lay aside means to judge against. 7 If you will look, the Holy Spirit will judge, and He will judge truly. 8 Yet He cannot shine away what you keep hidden, for you have not offered it to Him and He cannot take it from you.
T-12.II.10. We are therefore embarking on an organized, well-structured and carefully planned program aimed at learning how to offer to the Holy Spirit everything you do not want. 2 He knows what to do with it. 3 You do not understand how to use what He knows. 4 Whatever is given Him that is not of God is gone. 5 Yet you must look at it yourself in perfect willingness, for otherwise His knowledge remains useless to you. 6 Surely He will not fail to help you, since help is His only purpose. 7 Do you not have greater reason for fearing the world as you perceive it, than for looking at the cause of fear and letting it go forever?
III. The Investment in Reality
T-12.III.1. I once asked you to sell all you have and give to the poor and follow me. 2 This is what I meant: If you have no investment in anything in this world, you can teach the poor where their treasure is. 3 The poor are merely those who have invested wrongly, and they are poor indeed! 4 Because they are in need it is given you to help them, since you are among them. 5 Consider how perfectly your lesson would be learned if you were unwilling to share their poverty. 6 For poverty is lack, and there is but one lack since there is but one need.
T-12.III.2. Suppose a brother insists on having you do something you think you do not want to do. 2 His very insistence should tell you that he believes salvation lies in it. 3 If you insist on refusing and experience a quick response of opposition, you are believing that your salvation lies in <not> doing it. p220 4 You, then, are making the same mistake he is, and are making his error real to both of you. 5 Insistence means investment, and what you invest in is always related to your notion of salvation. 6 The question is always twofold; first, <what> is to be saved? 7 And second, <how> can it be saved?
T-12.III.3. Whenever you become angry with a brother, for whatever reason, you are believing that the ego is to be saved, and to be saved by attack. 2 If he attacks, you are agreeing with this belief; and if you attack, you are reinforcing it. 3 <Remember that those who attack are poor.> 4 Their poverty asks for gifts, not for further impoverishment. 5 You who could help them are surely acting destructively if you accept their poverty as yours. 6 If you had not invested as they had, it would never occur to you to overlook their need.
T-12.III.4. <Recognize what does not matter,> and if your brothers ask you for something "outrageous," do it <because> it does not matter. 2 Refuse, and your opposition establishes that it does matter to you. 3 It is only you, therefore, who have made the request outrageous, and every request of a brother is for you. 4 Why would you insist in denying him? 5 For to do so is to deny yourself and impoverish both. 6 He is asking for salvation, as you are. 7 Poverty is of the ego, and never of God. 8 No "outrageous" requests can be made of one who recognizes what is valuable and wants to accept nothing else.
T-12.III.5. Salvation is for the mind, and it is attained through peace. 2 This is the only thing that can be saved and the only way to save it. 3 Any response other than love arises from a confusion about the "what" and the "how" of salvation, and this is the only answer. 4 Never lose sight of this, and never allow yourself to believe, even for an instant, that there is another answer. 5 For you will surely place yourself among the poor, who do not understand that they dwell in abundance and that salvation is come.
T-12.III.6. To identify with the ego is to attack yourself and make yourself poor. 2 That is why everyone who identifies with the ego feels deprived. 3 What he experiences then is depression or anger, because what he did was to exchange Self-love for self-hate, making him afraid of himself. 4 He does not realize this. 5 Even if he is fully aware of anxiety he does not perceive its source as his own ego identification, and he always tries to handle it by making some sort of insane "arrangement" with the world. 6 He always perceives this world as outside himself, for this is crucial to his adjustment. p221 7 He does not realize that he makes this world, for there is no world outside of him.
T-12.III.7. If only the loving thoughts of God's Son are the world's reality, the real world must be in his mind. 2 His insane thoughts, too, must be in his mind, but an internal conflict of this magnitude he cannot tolerate. 3 A split mind is endangered, and the recognition that it encompasses completely opposed thoughts within itself is intolerable. 4 Therefore the mind projects the split, not the reality. 5 Everything you perceive as the outside world is merely your attempt to maintain your ego identification, for everyone believes that identification is salvation. 6 Yet consider what has happened, for thoughts do have consequences to the thinker. 7 You have become at odds with the world as you perceive it, because you think it is antagonistic to you. 8 This is a necessary consequence of what you have done. 9 You have projected outward what is antagonistic to what is inward, and therefore you would have to perceive it this way. 10 That is why you must realize that your hatred is in your mind and not outside it before you can get rid of it; and why you must get rid of it before you can perceive the world as it really is.
T-12.III.8. I said before that God so loved the world that He gave it to His only begotten Son. 2 God does love the real world, and those who perceive its reality cannot see the world of death. 3 For death is not of the real world, in which everything reflects the eternal. 4 God gave you the real world in exchange for the one you made out of your split mind, and which is the symbol of death. 5 For if you could really separate yourself from the Mind of God you would die.
T-12.III.9. The world you perceive is a world of separation. 2 Perhaps you are willing to accept even death to deny your Father. 3 Yet He would not have it so, and so it is not so. 4 You still cannot will against Him, and that is why you have no control over the world you made. 5 It is not a world of will because it is governed by the desire to be unlike God, and this desire is not will. 6 The world you made is therefore totally chaotic, governed by arbitrary and senseless "laws," and without meaning of any kind. 7 For it is made out of what you do not want, projected from your mind because you are afraid of it. 8 Yet this world is only in the mind of its maker, along with his real salvation. 9 Do not believe it is outside of yourself, for only by recognizing where it is will you gain control over it. p222 10 For you do have control over your mind, since the mind is the mechanism of decision.
T-12.III.10. If you will recognize that all the attack you perceive is in your own mind and nowhere else, you will at last have placed its source, and where it begins it must end. 2 For in this same place also lies salvation. 3 The altar of God where Christ abideth is there. 4 You have defiled the altar, but not the world. 5 Yet Christ has placed the Atonement on the altar for you. 6 Bring your perceptions of the world to this altar, for it is the altar to truth. 7 There you will see your vision changed, and there you will learn to see truly. 8 From this place, where God and His Son dwell in peace and where you are welcome, you will look out in peace and behold the world truly. 9 Yet to find the place, you must relinquish your investment in the world as you project it, allowing the Holy Spirit to extend the real world to you from the altar of God.
IV. Seeking and Finding
T-12.IV.1. The ego is certain that love is dangerous, and this is always its central teaching. 2 It never puts it this way; on the contrary, everyone who believes that the ego is salvation seems to be intensely engaged in the search for love. 3 Yet the ego, though encouraging the search for love very actively, makes one proviso; do not find it. 4 Its dictates, then, can be summed up simply as: "Seek and do <not> find." 5 This is the one promise the ego holds out to you, and the one promise it will keep. 6 For the ego pursues its goal with fanatic insistence, and its judgment, though severely impaired, is completely consistent.
T-12.IV.2. The search the ego undertakes is therefore bound to be defeated. 2 And since it also teaches that it is your identification, its guidance leads you to a journey which must end in perceived self-defeat. 3 For the ego cannot love, and in its frantic search for love it is seeking what it is afraid to find. 4 The search is inevitable because the ego is part of your mind, and because of its source the ego is not wholly split off, or it could not be believed at all. 5 For it is your mind that believes in it and gives existence to it. 6 Yet it is also your mind that has the power to deny the ego's existence, and you will surely do so when you realize exactly what the journey is on which the ego sets you.
T-12.IV.3. It is surely obvious that no one wants to find what would utterly defeat him. p223 2 Being unable to love, the ego would be totally inadequate in love's presence, for it could not respond at all. 3 Then, you would have to abandon the ego's guidance, for it would be quite apparent that it had not taught you the response you need. 4 The ego will therefore distort love, and teach you that love really calls forth the responses the ego <can> teach. 5 Follow its teaching, then, and you will search for love, but will not recognize it.
T-12.IV.4. Do you realize that the ego must set you on a journey which cannot but lead to a sense of futility and depression? 2 To seek and not to find is hardly joyous. 3 Is this the promise you would keep? 4 The Holy Spirit offers you another promise, and one that will lead to joy. 5 For His promise is always, "Seek and you <will> find," and under His guidance you cannot be defeated. 6 His is the journey to accomplishment, and the goal He sets before you He will give you. 7 For He will never deceive God's Son whom He loves with the Love of the Father.
T-12.IV.5. You <will> undertake a journey because you are not at home in this world. 2 And you <will> search for your home whether you realize where it is or not. 3 If you believe it is outside you the search will be futile, for you will be seeking it where it is not. 4 You do not remember how to look within for you do not believe your home is there. 5 Yet the Holy Spirit remembers it for you, and He will guide you to your home because that is His mission. 6 As He fulfills His mission He will teach you yours, for your mission is the same as His. 7 By guiding your brothers home you are but following Him.
T-12.IV.6. Behold the Guide your Father gave you, that you might learn you have eternal life. 2 For death is not your Father's Will nor yours, and whatever is true is the Will of the Father. 3 You pay no price for life for that was given you, but you do pay a price for death, and a very heavy one. 4 If death is your treasure, you will sell everything else to purchase it. 5 And you will believe that you have purchased it, because you have sold everything else. 6 Yet you cannot sell the Kingdom of Heaven. 7 Your inheritance can neither be bought nor sold. 8 There can be no disinherited parts of the Sonship, for God is whole and all His extensions are like Him.
T-12.IV.7. The Atonement is not the price of your wholeness, but it <is> the price of your awareness of your wholeness. 2 For what you chose to "sell" had to be kept for you, since you could not "buy" it back. 3 Yet you must invest in it, not with money but with spirit. p224 4 For spirit is will, and will is the "price" of the Kingdom. 5 Your inheritance awaits only the recognition that you have been redeemed. 6 The Holy Spirit guides you into life eternal, but you must relinquish your investment in death, or you will not see life though it is all around you.
V. The Sane Curriculum
T-12.V.1. Only love is strong because it is undivided. 2 The strong do not attack because they see no need to do so. 3 Before the idea of attack can enter your mind, you must have perceived yourself as weak. 4 Because you attacked yourself and believed that the attack was effective, you behold yourself as weakened. 5 No longer perceiving yourself and your brothers as equal, and regarding yourself as weaker, you attempt to "equalize" the situation you made. 6 You use attack to do so because you believe that attack was successful in weakening you.
T-12.V.2. That is why the recognition of your own invulnerability is so important to the restoration of your sanity. 2 For if you accept your invulnerability, you are recognizing that attack has no effect. 3 Although you have attacked yourself, you will be demonstrating that nothing really happened. 4 Therefore, by attacking you have not done anything. 5 Once you realize this you will no longer see any sense in attack, for it manifestly does not work and cannot protect you. 6 Yet the recognition of your invulnerability has more than negative value. 7 If your attacks on yourself have failed to weaken you, you are still strong. 8 You therefore have no need to "equalize" the situation to establish your strength.
T-12.V.3. You will never realize the utter uselessness of attack except by recognizing that your attack on yourself has no effects. 2 For others do react to attack if they perceive it, and if you are trying to attack them you will be unable to avoid interpreting this as reinforcement. 3 The only place you can cancel out all reinforcement is in yourself. 4 For you are always the first point of your attack, and if this has never been, it has no consequences.
T-12.V.4. The Holy Spirit's Love is your strength, for yours is divided and therefore not real. 2 You cannot trust your own love when you attack it. 3 You cannot learn of perfect love with a split mind, because a split mind has made itself a poor learner. 4 You tried to make the separation eternal, because you wanted to retain the characteristics of creation, but with your own content. p225 5 Yet creation is not of you, and poor learners do need special teaching.
T-12.V.5. You have learning handicaps in a very literal sense. 2 There are areas in your learning skills that are so impaired that you can progress only under constant, clear-cut direction, provided by a Teacher Who can transcend your limited resources. 3 He becomes your Resource because of yourself you cannot learn. 4 The learning situation in which you placed yourself is impossible, and in this situation you clearly require a special Teacher and a special curriculum. 5 Poor learners are not good choices as teachers, either for themselves or for anyone else. 6 You would hardly turn to them to establish the curriculum by which they can escape from their limitations. 7 If they understood what is beyond them, they would not be handicapped.
T-12.V.6. You do not know the meaning of love, and that is your handicap. 2 Do not attempt to teach yourself what you do not understand, and do not try to set up curriculum goals where yours have clearly failed. 3 Your learning goal has been <not> to learn, and this cannot lead to successful learning. 4 You cannot transfer what you have not learned, and the impairment of the ability to generalize is a crucial learning failure. 5 Would you ask those who have failed to learn what learning aids are for? 6 They do not know. 7 If they could interpret the aids correctly, they would have learned from them.
T-12.V.7. I have said that the ego's rule is, "Seek and do not find." 2 Translated into curricular terms this means, "Try to learn but do not succeed." 3 The result of this curriculum goal is obvious. 4 Every legitimate teaching aid, every real instruction, and every sensible guide to learning will be misinterpreted, since they are all for facilitating the learning this strange curriculum is against. 5 If you are trying to learn how not to learn, and the aim of your teaching is to defeat itself, what can you expect but confusion? 6 Such a curriculum does not make sense. 7 This attempt at "learning" has so weakened your mind that you cannot love, for the curriculum you have chosen is against love, and amounts to a course in how to attack yourself. 8 A supplementary goal in this curriculum is learning how <not> to overcome the split that makes its primary aim believable. 9 And you will not overcome the split in this curriculum, for all your learning will be on its behalf. 10 Yet your mind speaks against your learning as your learning speaks against your mind, and so you fight against all learning and succeed, for that is what you want. p226 11 But perhaps you do not realize, even yet, that there is something you want to learn, and that you can learn it because it <is> your choice to do so.
T-12.V.8. You who have tried to learn what you do not want should take heart, for although the curriculum you set yourself is depressing indeed, it is merely ridiculous if you look at it. 2 Is it possible that the way to achieve a goal is not to attain it? 3 Resign now as your own teacher. 4 This resignation will not lead to depression. 5 It is merely the result of an honest appraisal of what you have taught yourself, and of the learning outcomes that have resulted. 6 Under the proper learning conditions, which you can neither provide nor understand, you will become an excellent learner and an excellent teacher. 7 But it is not so yet, and will not be so until the whole learning situation as you have set it up is reversed.
T-12.V.9. Your learning potential, properly understood, is limitless because it will lead you to God. 2 You can teach the way to Him and learn it, if you follow the Teacher Who knows the way to Him and understands His curriculum for learning it. 3 The curriculum is totally unambiguous, because the goal is not divided and the means and the end are in complete accord. 4 You need offer only undivided attention. 5 Everything else will be given you. 6 For you really want to learn aright, and nothing can oppose the decision of God's Son. 7 His learning is as unlimited as he is.
VI. The Vision of Christ
T-12.VI.1. The ego is trying to teach you how to gain the whole world and lose your own soul. 2 The Holy Spirit teaches that you cannot lose your soul and there is no gain in the world, for of itself it profits nothing. 3 To invest without profit is surely to impoverish yourself, and the overhead is high. 4 Not only is there no profit in the investment, but the cost to you is enormous. 5 For this investment costs you the world's reality by denying yours, and gives you nothing in return. 6 You cannot sell your soul, but you can sell your awareness of it. 7 You cannot perceive your soul, but you will not know it while you perceive something else as more valuable.
T-12.VI.2. The Holy Spirit is your strength because He knows nothing but the spirit as you. 2 He is perfectly aware that you do not know yourself, and perfectly aware of how to teach you to remember what you are. p227 3 Because He loves you, He will gladly teach you what He loves, for He wills to share it. 4 Remembering you always, He cannot let you forget your worth. 5 For the Father never ceases to remind Him of His Son, and He never ceases to remind His Son of the Father. 6 God is in your memory because of Him. 7 You chose to forget your Father but you do not really want to do so, and therefore you can decide otherwise. 8 As it was my decision, so is it yours.
T-12.VI.3. You do not want the world. 2 The only thing of value in it is whatever part of it you look upon with love. 3 This gives it the only reality it will ever have. 4 Its value is not in itself, but yours is in you. 5 As self-value comes from self-extension, so does the perception of self-value come from the extension of loving thoughts outward. 6 Make the world real unto yourself, for the real world is the gift of the Holy Spirit, and so it belongs to you.
T-12.VI.4. Correction is for all who cannot see. 2 To open the eyes of the blind is the Holy Spirit's mission, for He knows that they have not lost their vision, but merely sleep. 3 He would awaken them from the sleep of forgetting to the remembering of God. 4 Christ's eyes are open, and He will look upon whatever you see with love if you accept His vision as yours. 5 The Holy Spirit keeps the vision of Christ for every Son of God who sleeps. 6 In His sight the Son of God is perfect, and He longs to share His vision with you. 7 He will show you the real world because God gave you Heaven. 8 Through Him your Father calls His Son to remember. 9 The awakening of His Son begins with his investment in the real world, and by this he will learn to re-invest in himself. 10 For reality is one with the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit blesses the real world in Their Name.
T-12.VI.5. When you have seen this real world, as you will surely do, you will remember Us. 2 Yet you must learn the cost of sleeping, and refuse to pay it. 3 Only then will you decide to awaken. 4 And then the real world will spring to your sight, for Christ has never slept. 5 He is waiting to be seen, for He has never lost sight of you. 6 He looks quietly on the real world, which He would share with you because He knows of the Father's Love for Him. 7 And knowing this, He would give you what is yours. 8 In perfect peace He waits for you at His Father's altar, holding out the Father's Love to you in the quiet light of the Holy Spirit's blessing. 9 For the Holy Spirit will lead everyone home to his Father, where Christ waits as his Self. p228
T-12.VI.6. Every child of God is one in Christ, for his being is in Christ as Christ's is in God. 2 Christ's Love for you is His Love for His Father, which He knows because He knows His Father's Love for Him. 3 When the Holy Spirit has at last led you to Christ at the altar to His Father, perception fuses into knowledge because perception has become so holy that its transfer to holiness is merely its natural extension. 4 Love transfers to love without any interference, for the two are one. 5 As you perceive more and more common elements in all situations, the transfer of training under the Holy Spirit's guidance increases and becomes generalized. 6 Gradually you learn to apply it to everyone and everything, for its applicability is universal. 7 When this has been accomplished, perception and knowledge have become so similar that they share the unification of the laws of God.
T-12.VI.7. What is one cannot be perceived as separate, and the denial of the separation is the reinstatement of knowledge. 2 At the altar of God, the holy perception of God's Son becomes so enlightened that light streams into it, and the spirit of God's Son shines in the Mind of the Father and becomes one with it. 3 Very gently does God shine upon Himself, loving the extension of Himself that is His Son. 4 The world has no purpose as it blends into the purpose of God. 5 For the real world has slipped quietly into Heaven, where everything eternal in it has always been. 6 There the Redeemer and the redeemed join in perfect love of God and of each other. 7 Heaven is your home, and being in God it must also be in you.
VII. Looking Within
T-12.VII.1. Miracles demonstrate that learning has occurred under the right guidance, for learning is invisible and what has been learned can be recognized only by its results. 2 Its generalization is demonstrated as you use it in more and more situations. 3 You will recognize that you have learned there is no order of difficulty in miracles when you apply them to all situations. 4 There is no situation to which miracles do not apply, and by applying them to all situations you will gain the real world. 5 For in this holy perception you will be made whole, and the Atonement will radiate from your acceptance of it for yourself to everyone the Holy Spirit sends you for your blessing. 6 In every child of God His blessing lies, and in your blessing of the children of God is His blessing to you. p229
T-12.VII.2. Everyone in the world must play his part in its redemption, in order to recognize that the world has been redeemed. 2 You cannot see the invisible. 3 Yet if you see its effects you know it must be there. 4 By perceiving what it does, you recognize its being. 5 And by what it does, you learn what it is. 6 You cannot see your strengths, but you gain confidence in their existence as they enable you to act. 7 And the results of your actions you <can> see.
T-12.VII.3. The Holy Spirit is invisible, but you can see the results of His Presence, and through them you will learn that He is there. 2 What He enables you to do is clearly not of this world, for miracles violate every law of reality as this world judges it. 3 Every law of time and space, of magnitude and mass is transcended, for what the Holy Spirit enables you to do is clearly beyond all of them. 4 Perceiving His results, you will understand where He must be, and finally know what He is.
T-12.VII.4. You cannot see the Holy Spirit, but you can see His manifestations. 2 And unless you do, you will not realize He is there. 3 Miracles are His witnesses, and speak for His Presence. 4 What you cannot see becomes real to you only through the witnesses that speak for it. 5 For you can be aware of what you cannot see, and it can become compellingly real to you as its presence becomes manifest through you. 6 Do the Holy Spirit's work, for you share in His function. 7 As your function in Heaven is creation, so your function on earth is healing. 8 God shares His function with you in Heaven, and the Holy Spirit shares His with you on earth. 9 As long as you believe you have other functions, so long will you need correction. 10 For this belief is the destruction of peace, a goal in direct opposition to the Holy Spirit's purpose.
T-12.VII.5. You see what you expect, and you expect what you invite. 2 Your perception is the result of your invitation, coming to you as you sent for it. 3 Whose manifestations would you see? 4 Of whose presence would you be convinced? 5 For you will believe in what you manifest, and as you look out so will you see in. 6 Two ways of looking at the world are in your mind, and your perception will reflect the guidance you have chosen.
T-12.VII.6. I am the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, and when you see me it will be because you have invited Him. 2 For He will send you His witnesses if you will but look upon them. 3 Remember always that you see what you seek, for what you seek you will find. 4 The ego finds what it seeks, and only that. p230 5 It does not find love, for that is not what it is seeking. 6 Yet seeking and finding are the same, and if you seek for two goals you will find them, but you will recognize neither. 7 You will think they are the same because you want both of them. 8 The mind always strives for integration, and if it is split and wants to keep the split, it will still believe it has one goal by making it seem to be one.
T-12.VII.7. I said before that what you project or extend is up to you, but you must do one or the other, for that is a law of mind, and you must look in before you look out. 2 As you look in, you choose the guide for seeing. 3 And then you look out and behold his witnesses. 4 This is why you find what you seek. 5 What you want in yourself you will make manifest, and you will accept it from the world because you put it there by wanting it. 6 When you think you are projecting what you do not want, it is still because you <do> want it. 7 This leads directly to dissociation, for it represents the acceptance of two goals, each perceived in a different place; separated from each other because you made them different. 8 The mind then sees a divided world outside itself, but not within. 9 This gives it an illusion of integrity, and enables it to believe that it is pursuing one goal. 10 Yet as long as you perceive the world as split, you are not healed. 11 For to be healed is to pursue one goal, because you have accepted only one and want but one.
T-12.VII.8. When you want only love you will see nothing else. 2 The contradictory nature of the witnesses you perceive is merely the reflection of your conflicting invitations. 3 You have looked upon your mind and accepted opposition there, having sought it there. 4 But do not then believe that the witnesses for opposition are true, for they attest only to your decision about reality, returning to you the messages you gave them. 5 Love, too, is recognized by its messengers. 6 If you make love manifest, its messengers will come to you because you invited them.
T-12.VII.9. The power of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world. 2 You can decide to see it right. 3 What you made of it is not its reality, for its reality is only what you give it. 4 You cannot really give anything but love to anyone or anything, nor can you really receive anything but love from them. 5 If you think you have received anything else, it is because you have looked within and thought you saw the power to give something else within yourself. 6 It was only this decision that determined what you found, for it was the decision for what you sought. p231
T-12.VII.10. You are afraid of me because you looked within and are afraid of what you saw. 2 Yet you could not have seen reality, for the reality of your mind is the loveliest of God's creations. 3 Coming only from God, its power and grandeur could only bring you peace <if you really looked upon it.> 4 If you are afraid, it is because you saw something that is not there. 5 Yet in that same place you could have looked upon me and all your brothers, in the perfect safety of the Mind which created us. 6 For we are there in the peace of the Father, Who wills to extend His peace through you.
T-12.VII.11. When you have accepted your mission to extend peace you will find peace, for by making it manifest you will see it. 2 Its holy witnesses will surround you because you called upon them, and they will come to you. 3 I have heard your call and I have answered it, but you will not look upon me nor hear the answer that you sought. 4 That is because you do not yet want T:"Times New Roman",SR><only> that. 5 Yet as I become more real to you, you will learn that you do want only that. 6 And you will see me as you look within, and we will look upon the real world together. 7 Through the eyes of Christ, only the real world exists and only the real world can be seen. 8 As you decide so will you see. 9 And all that you see but witnesses to your decision.
T-12.VII.12. When you look within and see me, it will be because you have decided to manifest truth. 2 And as you manifest it you will see it both without and within. 3 You will see it without <because> you saw it first within. 4 Everything you behold without is a judgment of what you beheld within. 5 If it is your judgment it will be wrong, for judgment is not your function. 6 If it is the judgment of the Holy Spirit it will be right, for judgment <is> His function. 7 You share His function only by judging as He does, reserving no judgment at all for yourself. 8 You will judge against yourself, but He will judge <for> you.
T-12.VII.13. Remember, then, that whenever you look without and react unfavorably to what you see, you have judged yourself unworthy and have condemned yourself to death. 2 The death penalty is the ego's ultimate goal, for it fully believes that you are a criminal, as deserving of death as God knows you are deserving of life. 3 The death penalty never leaves the ego's mind, for that is what it always reserves for you in the end. 4 Wanting to kill you as the final expression of its feeling for you, it lets you live but to await death. 5 It will torment you while you live, but its hatred is not satisfied until you die. p232 6 For your destruction is the one end toward which it works, and the only end with which it will be satisfied.
T-12.VII.14. The ego is not a traitor to God, to Whom treachery is impossible. 2 But it is a traitor to you who believe that you have been treacherous to your Father. 3 That is why the undoing of guilt is an essential part of the Holy Spirit's teaching. 4 For as long as you feel guilty you are listening to the voice of the ego, which tells you that you have been treacherous to God and therefore deserve death. 5 You will think that death comes from God and not from the ego because, by confusing yourself with the ego, you believe that you want death. 6 And from what you want God does not save you.
T-12.VII.15. When you are tempted to yield to the desire for death, <remember that I did not die.> 2 You will realize that this is true when you look within and <see> me. 3 Would I have overcome death for myself alone? 4 And would eternal life have been given me of the Father unless He had also given it to you? 5 When you learn to make me manifest, you will never see death. 6 For you will have looked upon the deathless in yourself, and you will see only the eternal as you look out upon a world that cannot die.
VIII. The Attraction of Love for Love
T-12.VIII.1. Do you really believe that you can kill the Son of God? 2 The Father has hidden His Son safely within Himself, and kept him far away from your destructive thoughts, but you know neither the Father nor the Son because of them. 3 You attack the real world every day and every hour and every minute, and yet you are surprised that you cannot see it. 4 If you seek love in order to attack it, you will never find it. 5 For if love is sharing, how can you find it except through itself? 6 Offer it and it will come to you, because it is drawn to itself. 7 But offer attack and love will remain hidden, for it can live only in peace.
T-12.VIII.2. God's Son is as safe as his Father, for the Son knows his Father's protection and cannot fear. 2 His Father's Love holds him in perfect peace, and needing nothing, he asks for nothing. 3 Yet he is far from you whose Self he is, for you chose to attack him and he disappeared from your sight into his Father. 4 He did not change, but you did. 5 For a split mind and all its works were not created by the Father, and could not live in the knowledge of Him.
T-12.VIII.3. When you made visible what is not true, what <is> true became invisible to you. 2 Yet it cannot be invisible in itself, for the Holy Spirit sees it with perfect clarity. 3 It is invisible to you because you are looking at something else. 4 Yet it is no more up to you to decide what is visible and what is invisible, than it is up to you to decide what reality is. 5 What can be seen is what the Holy Spirit sees. p233 6 The definition of reality is God's, not yours. 7 He created it, and He knows what it is. 8 You who knew have forgotten, and unless He had given you a way to remember you would have condemned yourself to oblivion.
T-12.VIII.4. Because of your Father's Love you can never forget Him, for no one can forget what God Himself placed in his memory. 2 You can deny it, but you cannot lose it. 3 A Voice will answer every question you ask, and a vision will correct the perception of everything you see. 4 For what you have made invisible is the only truth, and what you have not heard is the only Answer. 5 God would reunite you with yourself, and did not abandon you in your distress. 6 You are waiting only for Him, and do not know it. 7 Yet His memory shines in your mind and cannot be obliterated. 8 It is no more past than future, being forever always.
T-12.VIII.5. You have but to ask for this memory, and you will remember. 2 Yet the memory of God cannot shine in a mind that has obliterated it and wants to keep it so. 3 For the memory of God can dawn only in a mind that chooses to remember, and that has relinquished the insane desire to control reality. 4 You who cannot even control yourself should hardly aspire to control the universe. 5 But look upon what you have made of it, and rejoice that it is not so.
T-12.VIII.6. Son of God, be not content with nothing! 2 What is not real cannot be seen and has no value. 3 God could not offer His Son what has no value, nor could His Son receive it. 4 You were redeemed the instant you thought you had deserted Him. 5 Everything you made has never been, and is invisible because the Holy Spirit does not see it. 6 Yet what He does see is yours to behold, and through His vision your perception is healed. 7 You have made invisible the only truth that this world holds. 8 Valuing nothing, you have sought nothing. 9 By making nothing real to you, you have seen it. 10 <But it is not there.> 11 And Christ is invisible to you because of what you have made visible to yourself.
T-12.VIII.7. Yet it does not matter how much distance you have tried to interpose between your awareness and truth. p234 2 God's Son can be seen because his vision is shared. 3 The Holy Spirit looks upon him, and sees nothing else in you. 4 What is invisible to you is perfect in His sight, and encompasses all of it. 5 He has remembered you because He forgot not the Father. 6 You looked upon the unreal and found despair. 7 Yet by seeking the unreal, what else could you find? 8 The unreal world <is> a thing of despair, for it can never be. 9 And you who share God's Being with Him could never be content without reality. 10 What God did not give you has no power over you, and the attraction of love for love remains irresistible. 11 For it is the function of love to unite all things unto itself, and to hold all things together by extending its wholeness.
T-12.VIII.8. The real world was given you by God in loving exchange for the world you made and the world you see. 2 Only take it from the hand of Christ and look upon it. 3 Its reality will make everything else invisible, for beholding it is total perception. 4 And as you look upon it you will remember that it was always so. 5 Nothingness will become invisible, for you will at last have seen truly. 6 Redeemed perception is easily translated into knowledge, for only perception is capable of error and perception has never been. 7 Being corrected it gives place to knowledge, which is forever the only reality. 8 The Atonement is but the way back to what was never lost. 9 Your Father could not cease to love His Son. p235