The Only Reality

Although A Course in Miracles contains many well-known Christian terms, it usually gives them a very different meaning and specifically reinterprets established Christian teachings. The Course calls this the correction of "upside-down thinking." The theoretical framework of the Course is summarised in the Introduction to the Text:

"This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God."em> (Text, Introduction)

The above statement is one of many which make the Course look deceptively simple on first reading -- the only reality is of God, everything else is an illusion, a dream. However, as we study the Course, we become aware of our strong resistance to these teachings. Our immense investment in the world of separation, in our ego (i.e. our concept of individuality, of being a separated self, and a separated body) will hinder our acceptance of the truth.

Together, we make this world of illusion seem real. We will experience fear and pain as our belief in our collective illusion is challenged. These feelings come from our resistance to experiencing the reality of God's love. Our ego will see God as a threat, because the ego will be relinquished when we finally accept our true inheritance.

When we feel that fear, the Course will always remind us that we can choose again between the ego and God. We have been given help that comes from beyond this world:

"In every difficulty, all distress, and each perplexity Christ calls to you and gently says: 'My brother, choose again'... He would not leave you comfortless, alone in dreams of hell, but would release your mind from everything that hides His face from you." (T-31.VIII.3:2-5)

In many ways, we are like little children who do not understand what something means and so ask our parents for an explanation. We accept the answer given because it is given by someone we trust, someone with greater wisdom and authority, and who has never failed us. This is the position in which we find ourselves when we read the Course. We do not have the answers ourselves, but we are grateful to God Who has sent us His messengers, His teachers, to guide us safely home.

It is by listening to the answers which God provides that we will experience true happiness. We will find that our feelings of unease, emptiness and indefinable sadness are diminishing, to be finally replaced with everlasting joy and peace.