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Study Guide and Commentary
ACIM® Text, Chapter 13, Section XI

The Peace of Heaven

This section is perhaps the strongest statement of reassurance in the Course; it can be characterized by its statement that, "There is no chance that Heaven will not be yours" (8:9). After the long look at our fear of redemption, our dark belief in the blackness of our own hearts, the insidious way that guilt has wormed its way into the very core of our beliefs about ourselves, and after the lengthy picture of our journey out of fear, to true perception, which still lies short of knowledge and of Heaven, Jesus seems to recognize that we need some strong words of encouragement that tell us that, however great the obstacles may seem, we can be certain of reaching the goal.

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1. 1Forgetfulness and sleep and even death become the ego's best advice for dealing with the perceived and harsh intrusion of guilt on peace. 2Yet no one sees himself in conflict and ravaged by a cruel war unless he believes that both "opponents" in the war are real. 3Believing this he must escape, for such a war would surely end his peace of mind, and so destroy him. 4Yet if he could but realize the war is between [forces that are] real and unreal powers, he could look upon himself and see his freedom. 5No one finds himself ravaged and torn in endless battles if he himself perceives them as wholly without meaning [battle, which he himself perceives as wholly without meaning].

2. 1God would not have His Son embattled, and so His Son's imagined "enemy" [which he made] is totally unreal. 2You are but trying to escape a bitter war from which you have escaped. 3The war is gone. 4For you have heard the hymn of freedom rising unto Heaven. 5Gladness and joy belong to God for your release, because you made it not. 6Yet as you made not freedom, so you made not a war that could endanger freedom. 7Nothing destructive ever was or will be. 8The war, the guilt, the past are gone as one into the unreality from which they came.

• Study Question •

1.   We experience ourselves "in conflict and ravaged by a cruel war" (1:2),  with our peace of mind relentlessly attacked by guilt. What realization will enable us to see our freedom (see also T-14.III.13:4, 5[1])?

The ego deals with a threat to your peace of mind by attempting to escape from it (1:1). It tries to run from it. We're all too familiar with this pattern. We escape into movies, novels, TV, work, drugs, extreme sports, and sex. These things, licit or illicit, serve to dull and mask the mental pain of guilt. Some escape into unconsciousness; a few even think suicide will bring them relief. We have invented a myriad of ways to avoid guilt, none of which work. Much of our lives is spent trying, in one way or another, to free ourselves from our struggle with guilt.

When paragraph 1 speaks about our belief that we are at war, we have to ask ourselves: Who are we at war with? One participant in this war is real, but one is not (1:4). We may suppose that God is the real power, and we are the unreal one, but a more careful look (with a peek at the next paragraph, particularly 2:1) will help us to realize that it is the Son of God who is real, and an imaginary vengeful God who is unreal.

Guilt is terrifying because we imagine that God is angry and wants to punish us (see also W‑pI.170.10; W‑pI.196.5:1–5,10:5; and M-17.5:7–9)[2]. We think we are at war with God, but God isn't interested in battle (2:1). "The war is gone" (2:3). As the Apostle Paul once wrote, "Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns?" (Romans 8:33–34, NASB). "God is not angry" (T‑16.V.12:7). Instead, He is the one who is on our side, and "If God is for us, who is against us?" (Romans 8:31, NASB). How can we possible lose sleep over a non-existent battle with a God Who loves us with an endless love? (2:2). All it takes to free ourselves from the battle is the realization that God does not condemn us (1:4).

We cannot possibly free ourselves from guilt, but the good news is that we don't have to because God already did it (2:4–5). He did it by never condemning us in the first place. God did not start a war, and we cannot start one (2:6). If what God creates is eternal, then it cannot be destroyed. Hell is therefore impossible. Sentence 7 echoes the Text Introduction (T-In.2:2); the fundamental indestructibility of creation is the foundation of our freedom. Because of it, there is no war, no guilt, and no past, and there never has been (2:8).

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2.  What two things does paragraph 2 say we did not make?

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3. 1When we are all united in Heaven, you will value nothing that you value here. 2For nothing that you value here do you value wholly, and so you do not value it at all. 3Value is where God placed it, and the value of what God esteems cannot be judged, for it has been established. 4It is wholly of value. 5It can merely be appreciated or not. 6To value it partially is not to know its value. 7In Heaven is everything God values, and nothing else. 8Heaven is perfectly unambiguous. 9Everything is clear and bright, and calls forth one response. 10There is no darkness and there is no contrast. 11There is no variation. 12There is no interruption. 13There is a sense of peace so deep that no dream in this world has ever brought even a dim imagining of what it is.

4. 1Nothing in this world can give this peace, for nothing in this world is wholly shared. 2Perfect perception can merely show you what is capable of being wholly shared. 3It can also show you the results of sharing, while you still remember the results of not sharing. 4The Holy Spirit points quietly to the contrast, knowing that you will finally let Him judge the difference for you, allowing Him to demonstrate which must be true. 5He has perfect faith in your final judgment, because He knows that He will make it for you. 6To doubt this would be to doubt that His mission will be fulfilled. 7How is this possible, when His mission is of God?

• Study Question •

3.  This paragraph makes a dramatic contrast between "here" and "Heaven." List a few of the characteristics of Heaven that are completely unlike this world.

4.  In what does the Holy Spirit have perfect faith, and why?

These two paragraphs speak of our shared identity, which we will know "when we are all united in Heaven" (3:1; 4:1–2). There is clearly some sense in which the individual self with which each of us identifies will cease to be a factor in Heaven. Lesson 93 in the Workbook tells us that the self we believe we are simply does not exist.[3] Our reality is a shared reality. As we read in the previous section, individual salvation does not exist: "It is not shared, and so it is not real" (T‑13.X.2:10). As of now, our entire outlook on life, the world, and God is based on our individuality. We relate to all else as something outside of our self. That separateness and isolation isn't real, according to the Course.

We simply cannot begin to imagine what the peace of Heaven is like (3:13), because all of our imagining is done from the perspective of the separate self. We have no concept of what it will mean to be identified with a shared Self; while we are in this world we never will know that. Imagine for a moment, as best you can, what it would be like to know the reality of our shared Self. In this world we tend to value things that benefit our individual self in some way; in Heaven, such things will hold no value for us at all (3:1).

Our belief in the reality of our separate self is a primary cause of our anxiety in this world (4:1). The peace of Heaven is what it is because it is wholly shared, but everything in this world is fragmented into separated parts. If peace is what we are seeking, therefore, we cannot find it in the things of the world, which is why we need to learn to shift our sense of values from earth to Heaven (3:1–7).

Note the parallel in these two paragraphs between what is wholly shared and what is wholly valued. It seems to imply that if something cannot be completely shared, it has no value, which certainly agrees with the line from T-13.X.2:10 that I quoted above. Something that is not real obviously has no value. Since sharing is what makes real things real, what cannot be shared has no value. If you think about it, nothing in this world can be perfectly shared, equally with everyone. Physical things simply cannot be shared in that way. The only realm where total sharing is possible is on the level of mind.[4] One aspect of what the Course is doing is shifting our sense of value from the physical world to the invisible world of spirit[5].

The very nature of this material world fosters a sense of ambivalence in us. We are in some kind of love/hate relationship with nearly everyone and everything when we relate from the perspective of the individual self. I may love my new car because of its sleek lines, the comfort of its seats, and the efficiency with which it transports me where I want to go. But if my car is too nice, some people will judge me for having it; some people will hate me for having it because I have it and they do not. The very things that give the car value, on the one hand, may be seen as embarrassing excess in another context. I love the house I live in for what it provides for me, but I hate it when I have to clean the gutters, or when it costs thousands of dollars to repaint, or when the heating bill goes through the roof.

As hard as it may be to comprehend, nothing in Heaven evokes such conflicted feelings (3:8–9). "Conflicted" is the key word. The ambivalence with which we respond to the world of separation keeps us in constant turmoil, pulled one way and pushed another. It is the total absence of such ambivalence in Heaven that establishes its unimaginable peace.

We are in the process of perfecting perception, which brings us gradually to a clear understanding of the contrast between what is shared and what is not shared (4:2,4). A retrained perception can facilitate our transition to the shared self, even while we still live in separate bodies (4:3). The Holy Spirit is guiding us to look past what is physically visible, including people's appearance and their faults, to perceive what is physically invisible, but much more real: the divinely created Self we all share. That is the mission God gave to Him, and He does not doubt His eventual success (4:5–7), despite the seeming stubborn resistance we display to His teaching. Eventually our valuing of this world will die away, and our valuing of Heaven will increase and strengthen until it is unwavering. If God decreed that He do this job, there can be no doubt that He will do it.

The way the Holy Spirit relates to us can be our model in relating to each other. In His faith in us we can see the very overlooking of our faults and failings that we are being taught to manifest. Just as He trusts that we will inevitably choose truth over error, we need to develop that same faith in each person we relate with. Each one has the Holy Spirit in them. Therefore, He will make the choice for them just as He will make it for us. "To doubt this would be to doubt that His mission will be fulfilled" (4:6).

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5. 1You whose mind is [minds are] darkened by doubt and guilt, remember this: God gave the Holy Spirit to you, and gave Him the mission to remove all doubt and every trace of guilt that His dear Son has laid upon himself. 2It is impossible that this mission fail. 3Nothing can prevent what God would have accomplished from accomplishment. 4Whatever your reactions to the Holy Spirit's Voice may be, whatever voice you choose to listen to, whatever strange thoughts may occur to you, God's Will is done. 5You will find the peace in which He has established you, because He does not change His Mind. 6He is invariable as the peace in which you dwell, and of which the Holy Spirit reminds you.

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5.  (a) What is the mission given to the Holy Spirit by God?
(b) Why can this mission not fail?

The core argument of this section, in sentence 4:7 and in this paragraph, is that what God wills, and the tasks He assigns (whether to the Holy Spirit or to us), must be accomplished, simply because God is God. If God's Will cannot fail to be accomplished, then none of us can fail to awaken to full enlightenment—because that is His Will for us (5:1–3).

The injunction to each of us, when we suffer from "doubt and guilt" (5:1), is to remember that God wills our salvation and that His Will cannot fail. Our own weakness is a non-issue.[6] If we are able to overlook our own apparent weakness and to rest our gaze on God's strength and fidelity, our doubts will be quashed. (Lesson 92 in the Workbook gives an extended discussion of what it means to look past our own weakness to the strength of God within us.)

So our screw-ups don't matter, no matter how overwhelming and unfixable they may seem to be. "God's Will is done" (5:4), not "will be" but "is." I am so comforted by these words every time I read them! There are times when I have despaired of my own salvation. There are times when I have been quite sure of having heard the Holy Spirit telling me where to go, what to do, or what to say, and knowing that I deliberately chose to ignore Him; I preferred what my ego was saying. I gave in to the illusion of earthly satisfaction; I valued what I cannot keep instead of what I cannot lose. Or, I was afraid to do what He advised; I doubted His word; I didn't even think I could do it and so never even tried.

Have you had moments like that? If so, be comforted! Your unworthy "reactions to the Holy Spirit's Voice" have not nullified the Will of God. His Will was done before you reacted and His Will is done after you reacted. "He does not change His Mind" (5:5). Everything He chose to give you in creation still belongs to you, including the peace of God (5:6). We are being asked to remember the unvarying nature of what was given to us in creation, which is the basis of the true freedom from guilt that is celebrated throughout this chapter.

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6. 1You will not remember change and shift in Heaven. 2You have need of contrast only here. 3Contrast and differences are necessary teaching aids, for by them you learn what to avoid and what to seek. 4When you have learned this, you will find the answer that makes the need for any differences disappear. 5Truth comes of its own will unto its own. 6When you have learned that you belong to truth, it will flow lightly over you without a difference of any kind. 7For you will need no contrast to help you realize that this is what you want, and only this. 8Fear not the Holy Spirit will fail in what your Father has given Him to do. 9The Will of God can fail in nothing.

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6.  What is the purpose of contrast and differences in this world?

The learning process we are presently engaged in and surrounded by is rife with choices between things of varying value, and the appearance and disappearance of transient things. Even people come and go. The variety of our experiences is meant to teach us what is truly valuable to us and what is not (6:3). Once our lesson has been learned, however, we will no longer need these object lessons (6:2,4). In fact, we won't even remember them! (6:1). We will be so wrapped up in a direct experience of truth that nothing else will enter our minds.

In the meantime, however, we need to accept the constant barrage of choices between things that seem to be of varying value, in the interest of learning that nothing purely of this world really matters at all. What matters is our true nature. What matters is spirit. What matters is what God created, and nothing we have made is worth anything, to us or to anyone else. The vicissitudes of daily life are meant to teach us that lesson, and that is their only value.

When we have learned what we do not want, what we do want will make itself known to us (6:5). We won't need to seek truth; it will seek us. Truth is so supremely valuable that we will have no need to weigh its worth against the value of anything else. Once we connect to the truth we are hooked on it. We will reach a point at which we want nothing but the truth (6:7). If reaching that point is God's Will for us, and it surely is, then we will reach it (6:8–9).

Meanwhile, we can patiently go through our learning process, knowing that the outcome is foreordained: "Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety" (M-4.VIII.1:1). To me, the primary purpose of a section like this is to foster such a patient faith. Without that, the learning will be impeded. The more patient we are, the more quickly we will learn.

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7. 1Have faith in only this one thing, and it will be sufficient: God wills you be in Heaven, and nothing can keep you from it, or it from you. 2Your wildest misperceptions, your weird imaginings, your blackest nightmares all mean nothing. 3They will not prevail against the peace God wills for you. 4The Holy Spirit will restore your sanity because insanity is not the Will of God. 5If that suffices Him, it is enough for you. 6You will not keep what God would have removed, because it breaks communication with you with whom He would communicate. 7His Voice will be heard.

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7.  (a) What one thing are we asked to have faith in?
(b) What is your personal response to this paragraph; what does it mean to you?

If we think of the final destination of faith as being "in Heaven," then surely God must want that for us. Certainly He does not will for us to go to hell! During my days in traditional Christian churches, I often struggled with questions about this issue. How could a loving God send anyone to hell? If God wills for everyone to be with Him in Heaven, how could the will of an almighty God ever be thwarted by the devil? How could it be that only a small minority, a "remnant," would be saved? Eventually I came to what seems to be the only logical conclusions: A loving God would never send anyone to hell. His Will cannot be thwarted, and therefore there is no devil and no hell. Not just a remnant, but every last aspect of creation will be (and in fact already is) saved.

Sentence 1 tells us that faith in this truth is all we need. We may wonder, "All we need for what?" I believe Jesus means that this one confidence is all we need in order to be patient with the learning process, no matter how long it takes, no matter how huge the obstacles, no matter how great our resistance. As long as we remember that God's Will, which is immutable, is that we be in Heaven, nothing that seems to get in the way, nothing that threatens to keep us in darkness, and no perceived weakness in ourselves, can keep us out! We will get there (7:2–3). No matter what, we will achieve enlightenment.

I think we all have had nightmares of self-doubt when it comes to the spiritual life. In our first exposure to spiritual ideas, it all seems so wonderful! But then, as we begin to recognize the depths to which the ego has sunk its roots in us, we start to despair: Will we ever make it? Will we ever transcend our ego? The Course offers wonderful assurance in response to such doubts. It tells us they "mean nothing" (7:2). If God wills to remove the barriers our egos have placed between Him and us, those barriers are history (7:4–6). It does not matter how imposing those barriers seem to be; our union with God exists now, has always existed, and will forever exist, and every one of us—including the person you are most dubious about, perhaps yourself—will enjoy the full awareness of that glorious communion and communication with God reported by the greatest saints and sages such as Jesus or Buddha. Those saints and sages were simply among the first to rediscover the truth of what belongs to us all, an inheritance that is promised and underwritten by God Himself.

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8. 1The communication link that God Himself placed within you, joining your mind[s] with His, cannot be broken. 2You may believe you want it broken, and this belief does interfere with the deep peace in which the sweet and constant communication God would share with you is known. 3Yet His channels of reaching out cannot be wholly closed and separated from Him. 4Peace will be yours because His peace still flows to you from Him Whose Will is peace. 5You have it now. 6The Holy Spirit will teach you how to use it, and by extending [projecting] it, to learn that it is in you. 7God willed you Heaven, and will always will you nothing else. 8The Holy Spirit knows only of His Will. 9There is no chance that Heaven will not be yours, for God is sure, and what He wills is as sure as He is.

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8.  God is constantly radiating His peace to us. How can we learn that this peace is still in us?

The Holy Spirit is God's covert secret agent (8:1). He works within our minds, which are clouded by the ego, bringing us constantly toward clarity. Our belief that separation from God is desirable can block the constant outflow of God's peace, so that we are unaware of it although we "have it now" (8:2,4–5). Yet, because of the Holy Spirit we "cannot be wholly closed and separated from" God (8:3).

The way that we become aware of the already-present peace is by using it, which means extending it to others (8:6). As we have already noticed, this is the primary lesson the Course seems to be teaching in this chapter: Extension is the way. This paragraph refers to us as "His channels of reaching out" (8:3). That clearly implies that you and I are the means through which God extends Himself. We are the agents through whom He carries out His Will, and unless there is some power capable of overthrowing the Will of God, we will be those agents, carrying out His Will and expressing His Being throughout the universe. We will be in Heaven, and Heaven will flow through us (8:9).

The final sentence of the paragraph is one of my favorites: I love the words "no chance" (8:9). Will I fail to awaken to God? No chance! Will I fail to express God's Love adequately? No chance! Will my ego keep me forever bogged down in spiritual mediocrity? No chance!

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9. 1You will learn salvation because you will learn how to save. 2It will not be possible to exempt yourself from what the Holy Spirit wants [wills] to teach you. 3Salvation is as sure as God. 4His certainty suffices. 5Learn that even the darkest nightmare that disturbs the mind of God's sleeping Son holds no power over him. 6He will learn the lesson of awaking. 7God watches over him and light surrounds him.

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9.  What does this paragraph say about your darkest nightmare?

The lesson of extension is driven home even further here (9:1). The way to be saved is to learn how to save others. That is "the lesson of awaking" that Jesus promises we will learn (9:6). We saw this lesson spelled out in an earlier section: We learn to awaken by waking others.[7] We cannot avoid learning this lesson (9:2). We may fight and kick and scream, we may try to substitute other ways to find salvation, but this is the only way there is.[8] God wills salvation for everyone; learning this lesson is the only way to be saved; therefore, everyone will learn to extend God's peace to others and to help them awaken to their own divine inheritance.

The "darkest nightmare" cannot keep us from awakening. That is true for you, for me, and for everyone we encounter. Some of us have pretty dark nightmares, too! I recently talked with a young man I've known since he was born, with whom I'd been out of touch for about six years. He was a bright, intelligent youngster with a spiritual orientation. When he was sixteen, he played a key role in introducing me to "A Course in Miracles." But as he entered his twenties he became troubled and plagued with uncertainties.

I learned that over the past several years, he has spent six months homeless, on the streets. He experienced a major psychotic break. He was diagnosed with multiple psychiatric disorders and is taking medication for his problems, probably for the rest of his life (unless a miracle intervenes). He is currently living on disability. As I listened to his litany of woes, I felt overwhelmed and very nearly hopeless. I did feel that there was utterly nothing I could say or do that would help him, except to accept him as a human being worthy of my attention and my love.

Jesus is reassuring us that even nightmares of this magnitude hold no power over us. My young friend "will learn the lesson of awaking" (9:6). And so will I.

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10.          1Can God's Son lose himself in dreams, when God has placed within him the glad call to waken and be glad? 2He cannot separate himself from what is in him. 3His sleep will not withstand the call to wake. 4The mission of redemption will be fulfilled as surely as the creation will remain unchanged throughout eternity. 5You do not have to know that Heaven is yours to make it so. 6It is so. 7Yet to know it, the Will of God must be accepted as your will. [But the will of God must be accepted as your will, to know it.]

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10.            What added reason for certainty and assurance does this paragraph give?

As if the assurance of God's immutable Will, the imperative teaching mission of the Holy Spirit, the unbroken link between us and God, and God's own certain knowledge were not enough, this paragraph offers yet another reason for certainty: Within each of us there is an irresistible "call to waken" (10:1). This is another aspect of the work of the Holy Spirit (T-5.II.2:2). I've noticed that, in my worst moments of turning away from God, I simply can't be happy in doing it. There is in my heart an undying attraction to God. This, to me, seems like the reserve anchor that holds me from drifting too far away. Even when my mind has been filled with rebellion, something in my heart was saying, "No, I cannot give up God!"

We simply can't get rid of this inner attraction; it's God's homing beacon. It's an inner compass that always points to God, no matter what we do. The Kingdom of God is within us; we cannot rid ourselves of it (10:2).

Perhaps a better analogy than homing beacon or compass is an alarm clock. After all, this is something that is calling us to wake up! Several years ago (before iPhones) I began using a PDA, a handheld computer. One of its neat features was the ability to set appointments or "to do" items with alarms, which can be anything from a few gentle beeps to a raucous, seemingly endless rendition of the theme from "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Many different programs offer the ability to set alarms, and being the techno-geek that I am, I downloaded all of them from the Internet and tried them out. At one point I had an alarm that had somehow been mistakenly set at midnight. It went off every night after I had fallen asleep, and for days I could not find what program was triggering it. Finally, I found it, and I was able to turn it off. We cannot, thankfully, turn off the Holy Spirit! We may think that spiritually we can sleep through anything, but this is an alarm that will even wake the dead.

Heaven is ours whether we know it or not (10:5–6), and whether or not, at the moment, we want it! If we don't want it, we don't know we have it; we are still learning to realize not only that we want Heaven, but that Heaven is everything we want. It is our will. Then, when we know that, we will know we have it (10:7).

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11.           1The Holy Spirit will [cannot fail to] undo for you everything you have learned that teaches that what is not true must be reconciled with truth. 2This is the reconciliation [which] the ego would substitute for your reconciliation to sanity and to peace. 3The Holy Spirit has a very different kind of reconciliation in His Mind for you, and one He will effect as surely as the ego will not effect what it attempts. 4Failure is of the ego, not of God. 5From Him you cannot wander, and there is no possibility that the plan the Holy Spirit offers to everyone, for the salvation of everyone, will not be perfectly accomplished. 6You will be released, and you will not remember anything you made that was not created for you and by you in return. 7For how can you remember what was never true, or not remember what has always been? 8It is this reconciliation with truth, and only truth, in which the peace of Heaven lies.

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11. (a) What is the reconciliation the ego attempts to offer us, and by contrast, what is the reconciliation offered to us by the Holy Spirit?
(b) What is the inevitable outcome of the ego's program?

Opposites cannot be reconciled,[9] although that is what the ego is constantly trying to do (11:1). It teaches us that somehow death is part of life. It contends that we have to accept sickness and limitation as our lot in life. It tries to make its illusions as real as God's reality. The ego's kind of reconciliation consists of compromise. The Holy Spirit overthrows all such concepts, which are doomed to failure (11:3–4).

The Holy Spirit's reconciliation does not try to bring opposites together; it realigns us with sanity and peace (11:2). It does not make us compatible with truth and peace; it reveals our inherent compatibility. This kind of reconciliation is certain to succeed, as this section has constantly hammered home (11:3). God's plans never fail; the ego's plans always fail (11:4–5). God's plan is to save everyone, so everyone will be saved (11:5).

Therefore, "you will be released" (11:6). End of story. Let's all take a deep breath and repeat those words to ourselves, using "I" instead of "you." Repeat them a dozen times or so until they begin to sink in just a little bit.

When God releases us from our illusions, we will not even remember them (11:6). Our peace in Heaven will not be marred by any memory of the pain we have made for ourselves; "God Himself shall wipe away all tears" (W‑pII.301.Title). All these things never existed in reality, and so there is nothing in them to be remembered (11:7). Our minds will be filled instead "with truth, and only truth" (11:8). We will recognize the reality of what is real, and nothing else, which consists of what God created or what we created with Him. These are the things that are eternal, and that are shared. There is no conflict in them and they have no opposite. It is in learning to value only these things that we find our peace.

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12.            Make a list of the ten most reassuring sentences or phrases from this section.


Answer Key

1.   The realization that one of the combatants in the "war" is imaginary; that is, that guilt is completely unreal and has no justification.

2.   Our freedom or any real threat to it.

3.   Heaven has completely different values. There is no question about what to value or how much to value it; there is no duality in Heaven, and therefore no opposites to choose between. There is no darkness, no contrast, no variation, no interruption; just constant, unimaginably deep peace.

4.   He has perfect faith that our final choice will be for union with Christ, rather than a separate ego. His faith in that outcome is based upon His knowledge that He, Himself, will be responsible for it.

5.   (a) To eradicate doubt and guilt from our minds.
(b) Because nothing can impede God's Will.

6.   They help us identify what is desirable and what is undesirable; they teach us that truth is all that we want.

7.   (a) That God wills for us to be in Heaven, and nothing can keep us from it.
(b) (Opinion) The paragraph gives me tremendous comfort and reassurance that all the things I am afraid will keep me from Heaven cannot do so.

8.   By allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us how to use peace, and how to extend it to others.

9.   It has no power over me.

10. The call to awaken that has been placed within us. We cannot lose something that is part of us. What is more, that something is broadcasting an irresistible and inescapable wake-up call.

11. (a) The ego tries to reconcile truth and falsehood. The Holy Spirit reconciles us to truth; He undoes our faith in lies and illusions.
(b) The ego's program will inevitably fail; God's will succeed.

12. Summary: Ten reassuring sentences or phrases. This is just my selection, more than ten:


·      4:5

·      5:1–2

·      5:3

·      5:4–5

·      6:8–9

·      7:1

·      7:2–3

·      7:6–7

·      8:4–5

·      8:9

·      9:2–6

·      10:2–6

·      11:4–6




[1] "The Holy Spirit knows that all salvation is escape from guilt. You have no other "enemy," and against this strange distortion of the purity of the Son of God the Holy Spirit is your only Friend" (T-14.III.13:4-5).

[2] "Where does the totally insane belief in gods of vengeance come from? Love has not confused its attributes with those of fear. Yet must the worshippers of fear perceive their own confusion in fear's "enemy"; its cruelty as now a part of love. And what becomes more fearful than the Heart of Love Itself? The blood appears to be upon His Lips; the fire comes from Him. And He is terrible above all else, cruel beyond conception, striking down all who acknowledge Him to be their God" (W-pI.170.10:1–6).

"The dreary, hopeless thought that you can make attacks on others and escape yourself has nailed you to the cross. Perhaps it seemed to be salvation. Yet it merely stood for the belief the fear of God is real. And what is that but hell? Who could believe his Father is his deadly enemy, separate from him, and waiting to destroy his life and blot him from the universe, without the fear of hell upon his heart?" (W-pI.pI.196.5:1–5).

"And thus a god outside yourself became your mortal enemy; the source of fear" (W-pI.pI.196.10:5).

"And herein lies the birthplace of guilt. Who usurps the place of God and takes it for himself now has a deadly "enemy." And he must stand alone in his protection, and make himself a shield to keep him safe from fury that can never be abated, and vengeance that can never be satisfied" (M-17.5:7-9).

[3] "The self you made is not the Son of God. Therefore, this self does not exist at all. And anything it seems to do and think means nothing. It is neither bad nor good. It is unreal, and nothing more than that" (W-pI.93.5:1-5).

[4] "…only the mind is real, because only the mind can be shared" (T-6.V.3:2).

[5] "Miracles transcend the body. They are sudden shifts into invisibility, away from the bodily level. That is why they heal." (T-1.I.16:1-17:3).

"Miracles reawaken the awareness that the spirit, not the body, is the altar of truth. This is the recognition that leads to the healing power of the miracle." (T‑1.I.19:1-20:2).

"Miracles praise God through you. They praise Him by honoring His creations, affirming their perfection. They heal because they deny body-identification and affirm spirit-identification." (T-1.I.28:1-29:3).

[6] "…you cannot fail in your efforts to achieve the goal of the course. You will see because it is the Will of God. It is His strength, not your own, that gives you power. And it is His gift, rather than your own, that offers vision to you" (W-pI.42.1:2-5).

"It is not by trusting yourself that you will gain confidence. But the strength of God in you is successful in all things.

      "The recognition of your own frailty is a necessary step in the correction of your errors, but it is hardly a sufficient one in giving you the confidence which you need, and to which you are entitled. You must also gain an awareness that confidence in your real strength is fully justified in every respect and in all circumstances" (W-pI.47.5:3-6:2).

[7] "You are not yet awake, but you can learn how to awaken. Very simply the Holy Spirit teaches you to awaken others. As you see them waken you will learn what waking means, and because you have chosen to wake them, their gratitude and their appreciation of what you have given them will teach you its value" (T-9.VI.5:1-3).

[8] "The way to God is through forgiveness here" (W-pII.256.1:1).

"Release from guilt as you would be released. There is no other way to look within and see the light of love, shining as steadily and as surely as God Himself has always loved His Son. " (T-13.X.10:1-2).

[9] "The branch that bears no fruit will be cut off and will wither away. Be glad! The light will shine from the true Foundation of life, and your own thought system will stand corrected. It cannot stand otherwise. You who fear salvation are choosing death. Life and death, light and darkness, knowledge and perception, are irreconcilable. To believe that they can be reconciled is to believe that God and His Son can not. Only the oneness of knowledge is free of conflict." (T‑3.VII.6:1-8).

"All magic is an attempt at reconciling the irreconcilable. All religion is the recognition that the irreconcilable cannot be reconciled" (T-10.IV.1:1-2).

(T-3.VII.6; T-10.IV.1:1–2),