My practice of looking within

Up to now, my posts on Miracles or murder have focused fairly objectively on some particular aspect of the path to spiritual awakening as set forth by Jesus in A Course in Miracles. The essays up to now were meant as timely reminders for both myself and others to keep up a sort of discipline in the process of undoing the ego. I was pretty much convinced I had a sufficiently good grasp of the material to get a clear focus on how to go about my own spiritual awakening. That is… until last week, when I re-read Kenneth Wapnick’s “Absence from felicity”.

I had read this biography of Helen Schucman and her scribing of A Course in Miracles before, but back then I had found it to be little more than an interesting account of a remarkable woman and the process of how the Course came about. This time I found myself carefully absorbing each page, almost as if it were a study. To my astonishment, I realized that not only I am barely aware of what goes on in my own mind, but also that during the day I am hardly following Jesus’ instructions in mind training at all. In other words, I realized that while I can talk about the Course’s concepts in a fairly comprehensible way, I am largely unaware of how this relates to my own current state of mind, let alone apply these principles to myself in the way that Jesus advocates.

In Absence from felicity, Kenneth describes in a very insightful manner the various ways in which Jesus — through the personal messages that survived — tries to help both Helen and Bill (Thetford), not only in their collaborative process of taking down the Course, but also in their own mind training. It’s brilliant psychology. Jesus explains in great detail the nature of their respective personalities and their accompanying thought preferences and defense dynamics. Helen and Bill differed completely in many ways, which made them ideally suited to help each other in overcoming the obstacles to their mind training and spiritual awakening. Helen had a highly dominant character, with both an extremely developed wrong mind (ego) and right mind (miracle-mindedness), between which she vacillated unpredictably, leading some to perceive her as a neurotic. Bill on the other hand, though more stable in character, tended to withhold his emotions, thereby dissociating himself from others, from himself, and from the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

As all students of A Course in Miracles know, the trigger for the scribing process was Bill’s outcry in June 1965 that there must be another way for people to relate to each other, coupled with Helen’s true desire to help find that way. During the seven-year scribing process, Jesus clarified on many occasions various blocks in both Helen’s and Bill’s mind that they could help the other with to overcome. What’s more, Jesus also clearly illustrated why they had set up these blocks in their own mind, which was always some aspect of fear that they had chosen to keep the ‘threat’ of the Holy Spirit (and therefore the end of the ego) at bay. While initially Helen and Bill made remarkable progress in helping both each other and various people around them, eventually they kept projecting the responsibility for their own peace of mind to a required change in the other, which of course never works. By the time Kenneth Wapnick arrived on the scene in 1973, the relationship between Helen and Bill was “at an all-time low”, and would not be healed in their respective lifetimes, although in retrospect it was clear that both of them had indeed made significant spiritual advance in this particular lifetime, to put it mildly.

But I am digressing about the reason for this post. To really illustrate the value of Jesus’ personal teachings to Helen and Bill would be impossible in one blog. I highly recommend reading “Absence from felicity” and its very concrete and practical observations and advice by Jesus, which, as Ken notes, not only applies to Helen and Bill, but almost always to all of us. While reading the book, I found my own character to be reminiscent of Bill’s personality in more than one way. I ‘received’ one eye-opener after another about my own state of mind and choice of thoughts of which I had hardly been aware. I will summarize a few of these here, concluding with some practical tips which might help in lowering the fear to taking in Jesus’ message of gradually undoing the ego.

One major eye-opener for me was to realize the intensity of my tendency to dissociate from most people, fueled by a silly fear that they might reject me as being unworthy (which of course is merely a projection of the fear that God will reject me as being unworthy, a fear that we all share). I had already been aware of my tendency to please others to get their approval, but I now realized that to try to please while at the same time avoiding true involvement with people (to avoid being rejected), is hardly an effective strategy for a happy life, let alone for learning to embrace all brothers as one, realizing there really are no separate interests. Dissociating from others is therefore a ‘fine’ but maladaptive defense against learning Jesus’ teachings of undoing the ego.

Another major eye-opener for me was to realize just how often I still think I know what’s best to become peaceful and find happiness. Having been brought up in a society where ratio is much favored to intuition, I became much more consciously aware of a thought stream that is constantly weighing and planning dozens and dozens threads of my life here. In this thought process, I make assumptions about thousands of contextual and situational aspects which are completely out of my sphere of influence, at least in the time-space driven ego-state of my mind. While Jesus never says we should not make plans in this dream world, he does urge us to consult with him first whenever possible, as Jesus is aware of the entire ‘plan’, being outside time and space; as a result, his advice will always work out for the best for everyone involved. (See also section I in chapter 30 of the text, called “Rules for decision”).

This brought me another eye-opener about listening to the “voice” of the Holy Spirit (or Jesus). What does it mean to “consult with Jesus”? After all, asking for specifics is much like trying to bring truth to illusions, instead of bringing illusions to truth. In various personal messages to Helen and Bill, Jesus stresses that the only meaningful question is to ask help in forgiving some dark spot in the mind. “Please help me see this differently”. The trick is to ask in this way, and then in silence wait for the answer. This “silence” requires the mind to turn inward. And although the answer is not usually in a crystal-clear voice (“Only very few can hear God’s voice at all”, M-12.3:3) we all are familiar with an inner feeling of intuitive inner peace. This content of such peaceful intuition then translates to a specific form, that is, a thought the mind can understand and instruct the brain to carry out. God does not use words; but Jesus, as manifestation of the Holy Spirit a.k.a. the Voice for God, provides the one answer to the one problem we have (i.e., unforgiveness in whatever form). It is the right mind that translates that abstract love to the specific situation at hand, again, resulting in the best outcome for everyone.

The reason we rarely ask this way, by the way, is that this process means acknowledging that Jesus is right and the ego is wrong, which is of course blasphemy to the ego, which we still unconsciously believe is our core identity. Which brings me to the final eye-opener that I’d like to mention, which is how I answer the fundamental question “What am I?” (see also my previous post). I may tell my little self a thousand times a day that I am not a body, but pure spirit… but saying an affirmation isn’t quite the same as really meaning it, to put it mildly. I got a concrete demonstration of this fact when I noticed that the bowel detox cure that I took while reading Absence from felicity did not work out the way the manual described it. Instead of about 6 meters of biofilm which was supposed to come out within the first six days, after eight days I got intestine cramps, and I feared that I would end up in hospital for a complex emptying of the intestines. This prospect scared me terribly. I then fully realized that whenever I say to myself “I am not a body, but pure spirit”, I do not really believe that at all. I am still very much identified with what I perceive to be my physical self. The detox cure, by the way, turned out all right after all, but I sure got the message.

I think the most important lesson I learned from Absence from felicity is that I should be much more “vigilant for God and His Kingdom only” (T-6.V.C), that is, make it a sticking habit to much more often choose the “right mind”, by turning attention inward, and then asking sincerely how I could see this situation or person differently (or ‘properly’), and then wait for the answer. Only through such a ‘holy instant’ can I seek and find the inner peace that true intuition always places in the heart or hara (lower belly) area. Embracing that peace then translates to a thought that will clarify the one action that will turn out best for everyone. I cannot find spiritual enlightenment and the peace of God all on my own; nor should I try to. A most important lesson, mentioned several times by Ken in this book, is: “Trust not your good intentions. They are not enough. But trust implicitly your willingness [to be guided], whatever else may enter. Concentrate only on this and be not disturbed that shadows surround it. That is why you came. If you could come without them, you would not need the holy instant.” (T-18.IV.2:1). Making effective plans, mastering fear, and embracing people instead of dissociating them, will never succeed through ego power. It is, however, a routine job for Jesus and the Holy Spirit, who will assist gladly whenever they are sincerely invited in silence.

See also “Miracles or Murder: a guide to concepts of A Course in Miracles“. This guidebook, endorsed by Gary and Cindy Renard, was published in March 2016 by Outskirts Press and is available at


The motivation for change

In A Course in Miracles, Jesus oftentimes pleads with us to not condemn others. A few examples: “If you would know your prayers are answered, never doubt a Son of God. Do not question him and do not confound him” (T-9.II.4:1).  “I trust my brothers who are one with me” (W-pI.181.6:5; W-pI.rIV.201.1:1). However, each time we watch the world news, it gets rather hard to keep that up. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we all form an opinion about obviously dishonest politicians; about the next horrific killing of innocent people by terrorists. To stop judging such wrongs seems meek and weak, and certainly not an effectively solution to create a better world. So what does Jesus mean?

Jesus wants us to learn peace by teaching it. In “The lessons of Love” (Chapter 6), Jesus tells us about how motivation for learning in general works. “[…] Everyone identifies himself with his thought system, and every thought system centers on what you believe you are. […] All good teachers realize that only fundamental change will last, but they do not begin at that level. Strengthening motivation for change is their first and foremost goal. It is also their last and final one. Increasing motivation for change in the learner is all that a teacher need do to guarantee change [of mind].” (T-6.V.B.1:9) So how does Jesus motivate his students, in the face of the oftentimes depressing world news?

The key lies in the answer to the fundamental question: “What am I?” As long as you and I still believe we are a body in which we experience the world, our thought system is inevitably focused on bodies; or, more generally, on time, space, and perception. To believe I am a body is a sure sign I’ve chosen the ego’s thought system of sin, guilt and fear. These dynamics indeed seem to reign supreme in the world of bodies. The evening news constantly shows us that this world is a very fearful place, filled with people that are guilty of a wide range of sins that ought to be brought to justice. In short: as long as we keep chanting: “I am a body, I am a body”, we will not learn the lessons of love, since we won’t be motivated to believe Jesus when he asks us not to question or confound a brother.

A large part of A Course in Miracles, therefore, is devoted to making us realize that the right answer to the question “What am I?” is that you and I are pure spirit, the one Son of God, who seemingly fell asleep and is now dreaming a nightmarish dream of what it would be like to be separated from God. Recall, for example, lesson 139: “There is no conflict that does not entail the single, simple question, “What am I?” Yet who could ask this question except one who has refused to recognize himself? Only refusal to accept yourself could make the question seem to be sincere. The only thing that can be surely known by any living thing is what it is. And yet you doubt it. […] It is for this denial that you need Atonement. Your denial made no change in what you are. But you have split your mind into what knows and does not know the truth.” (W-pI.139-5.2) The lesson of Atonement is: “I am as God created me”, that is, an extension of Love, as pure spirit with solely the function of  extending that same Love, in Heaven as well as on this illusory earth. In this world, nothing lasts except genuine love. There is not a single soul who has not in one way or another experienced this truth, however vaguely.

The Holy Spirit is the Voice for Love that arose simultaneously in the mind when the Son of God seemed to fall asleep in the ego-dream. Jesus tries to motivate us to choose the voice of the Holy Spirit ever more often. Despite our perception, this voice will never advocate judgment.  In lesson 151 we read: “He will not tell you that your brother should be judged by what your eyes behold in him, nor what his body’s mouth says to your ears, nor what your fingers’ touch reports of him. He passes by such idle witnesses, which merely bear false witness to God’s Son. He recognizes only what God loves, and in the holy light of what He sees do all the ego’s dreams of what you are vanish before the splendor He beholds. Let Him be Judge of what you are, for He has certainty in which there is no doubt, because it rests on Certainty so great that doubt is meaningless before Its face. Christ cannot doubt Himself. The Voice for God can only honor Him, rejoicing in His perfect, everlasting sinlessness. Whom He has judged can only laugh at guilt, unwilling now to play with toys of sin; unheeding of the body’s witnesses before the rapture of Christ’s holy face. And thus He judges you. Accept His Word for what you are, for He bears witness to your beautiful creation, and the Mind Whose Thought created your reality. What can the body mean to Him Who knows the glory of the Father and the Son? What whispers of the ego can He hear? What could convince Him that your sins are real? Let Him be Judge as well of everything that seems to happen to you in this world. His lessons will enable you to bridge the gap between illusions and the truth.” (W-pI.151.7:2)

The next time we are tempted to judge politicians and terrorists (or our spouse or neighbor, our condemnation of which is really the same type of thought), we could realize that we are judging form. We have therefore erroneously answered the question “What am I?” with “I am a body”. In form, it’s no use denying that dreadful things are happening, which ought to brought to justice. But seen from the perspective of content, our perceptions are always wrong, for they are born of projection of guilt we refuse to see in ourselves. To find peace, we need remember that the right answer to the question “What am I?” is that you and I and everyone around us is the same innocent Son of God. Recall chapter 9, the correction of error: “He [any brother] is still right, because he is a Son of God. His ego is always wrong, no matter what it says or does. If you point out the errors of your brother’s ego you must be seeing through yours, because the Holy Spirit does not perceive his errors.” (T-9.III.2).

The real motivation for change is that as long as I judge others for what I perceive to be their sins (thereby feeding guilt), I am merely keeping myself in pain, since I project out the illusion of my own perceived sin. I could also calmly look at that with Jesus, and realize that nothing happened — “not a single note of Heaven’s song was missed” (T-26.V.5:4). What’s more, the Holy Spirit can turn each perceived ‘dark spot of sin’ into a lesson of forgiveness. It’s great practicing if you think about it. Next time you see a politician acting in a stupid way, or you see the havoc wreaked by terrorists, ask the Holy Spirit (or Jesus) for help in answering the question: “What am I?”

This is not to say that criminals should not be brought to justice, but that’s within the dream world of form. In content, they are but a part of the seemingly split mind of the Son of God. You and I and all politicians, criminals and terrorists are still holographic extensions of God’s Love, our perception to the contrary. Learn that all this judgmental perception need not be and that we “could see peace instead of this” (W-pI.34). “To find peace, teach peace to learn it.” (T-6.V.B) So Jesus motivates us to change our thinking: as I judge any brother, so I secretly judge my self. Condemning anyone around us is a sure way to keep pain inside alive, and no-one in his right mind wants pain. Thus Jesus concludes: “Teach only love, for that is what you are.” (T-6.I.13:1)

Also see my seven “guidelines for living in an illusory world” in “Miracles or Murder: a guide to concepts of A Course in Miracles“. This guidebook, endorsed by Gary and Cindy Renard, was published in March 2016 by Outskirts Press and is available at


Shouting about spirituality

Spirituality is hot. Fueled by the widespread desire of people to find some real meaning in life, websites that sell spirituality pop up like mushrooms. Sadly, in more than a few cases the primary motivator of such websites is not to teach forgiveness and/or shared interests. It’s more about making money, or to display the bloated ego of someone who seeks to be worshiped by as many spiritual seekers as possible. On the other hand, there are also many websites with true, heartfelt intentions that honestly seek to kindly invite people to consider a better choice, for example by providing inspiring ways to focus on love instead of anger and fear. However, in both cases Jesus would say this is not primarily what his course on attaining inner peace is about.

“The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself”, Jesus tells us no less than three times in A Course in Miracles (T-2.V.5:1, T-5.V.7:8, M-7.3:2). Any time you feel the urge to teach spirituality to others, you should pause and ask: ‘How can anyone heal another’s mind if there is still so much healing work to be done in his own mind? And is my own mind healed already?’ Jesus reminds us: “You are still convinced that your understanding is a powerful contribution to the truth, and makes it what it is. Yet we have emphasized that you need understand nothing. Salvation is easy just because it asks nothing you cannot give right now.” (T-18.IV.7:5)

What we give is unconditional forgiveness. This we do in our own mind. It is equally powerful when applied, in the mind, to someone at the other end of the world whom you haven’t seen in a decade, as it is with your spouse or parents nearby, for example. You don’t need workshops or conferences to heal someone’s mind. In fact, regarding healing of others, Jesus states: “If the patient must change his mind in order to be healed, what does the teacher of God do? Can he change the patient’s mind for him? Certainly not.” (M-5.III.1:1) So don’t try to convince people of their need for spiritual insight, especially because there’s still so much work to do to accept the Atonement for yourself.

Perhaps one of the greatest pitfalls of spiritual websites, courses, training programs, workshops, you name it, is that they tend to focus exclusively on light and happiness. This focus is not wrong in and of itself, but in A Course in Miracles Jesus repeatedly stresses that in order to find light, we need to learn to calmly and honestly look at the darkness in the mind, and make sure we truly see it for what it is. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers  within yourself that you have built against it. It is not necessary to seek for what is true, but it is necessary to seek for what is false.” (T-16.IV.6:1) “No one can escape from illusions unless he looks at them, for not looking is the way they are protected.” (T-11.V.1:1) This looking we cannot do successfully all on our own. But together with Jesus (or the Holy Spirit) we hold the lamp that will dispel the ego, just as darkness disappears when the light is switched on. So much for workshops teaching only affirmations of love.

Now, all this certainly doesn’t mean that you should lock yourself up and not demonstrate or communicate about spirituality. After all, Jesus emphasizes that the world needs happy learners and teachers of God, being “very old and worn and without hope” (M-1.4:4-5). And why wouldn’t it be you? “A teacher of God is anyone who chooses to be one” (M-1.1:1). The way to be an effective teacher of God is to live a normal life and radiate Jesus’ inner peace while doing so. In the manual, Jesus explains how this is the way to heal even the minds of those who are not open to healing at all: “…Patients [who] have chosen sickness. They believe that sickness has chosen them. Nor are they open-minded on this point. […] To them the separation is quite real. To them God’s teachers come, to represent another choice which they had forgotten. The simple presence of a teacher of God is a reminder. His thoughts ask for the right to question what the patient has accepted as true. […] With god’s Word in their minds they come in benediction, not to heal the sick but to remind them of the remedy that God has given them. […] Very gently they call to their brothers to turn away from death: “Behold, you Son of God, what life can offer you. Would you choose sickness in place of this?”” (M-5.III.2-11). They generally do not do this verbally. They do this by demonstrating the inner peace within them, merely by a peaceful demeanor; by not judging anything or anyone; by showing true empathy. And by seeking out the remaining dark spots in their own mind!

Again, the way to teach the Atonement is to accept it within yourself and then simply demonstrate this in an everyday, normal life. If you feel called by the Holy Spirit to organize workshops or study groups or conferences, or even devote your entire life to A Course in Miracles, then this is fine. Just be sure there is no ego drive underneath to focus on externals because of an unseen fear to look within, lest your own ego be dispelled by the lamp you hold with Jesus. The mind is healed “…not by the will of another, but by the union of the one Will with itself. And this is the function of God’s teachers: to see no will as separate from their own, nor theirs as separate from God’s.” (M-5.III.3:8). Seek therefore the Voice of the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and actions. “The Voice of the Holy Spirit does not command, because it is incapable of arrogance. It does not demand, because it does not seek control. It does not overcome, because it does not attack. It merely reminds.” (T-5.II.7:1). A true spiritual life is an ongoing practice to mirror and demonstrate Jesus’ inner peace in your own daily life in the illusory dream, while at the same time keeping up the searching of your own mind to barriers against love, guided by Jesus’ inner flashlight, until there is no single dark spot left to hide the Face of Christ. What could be more desirable?

Also see my seven “guidelines for living in an illusory world” in “Miracles or Murder: a guide to concepts of A Course in Miracles“. This guidebook, endorsed by Gary and Cindy Renard, was published in March 2016 by Outskirts Press and is available at


The immense popularity of violence

How many of us still read books these days? Well, one thing is for sure: the genre of horror and crime is blooming like never before. It sells by the millions. Movies are no different. Movie makers are perfecting the art of presenting us with the most bloody, horrible, gruesome scenes imaginable — and we all love it. The gaming industry cashes many millions of dollars annually on extremely violent games such as Call of duty, Thrill kill, Doom, and Mortal combat, to name but a few. Why this addiction to violence, murder and attack, while usually we profess to be kind and loving? What’s the source of this insatiable need for violence, while at the same time we all want to be remembered afterwards as a ‘good human being’?

A Course in Miracles provides a crystal clear answer to this seeming paradox, or conflict in the mind. It all goes back to the ontological instant (outside time and space, the metaphysical foundation of A Course in Miracles) wherein the tiny, mad idea (T-27.VIII.6:2) of separation from God seemed to be taken seriously in the mind of the Son of God. In reality this never happened at all (M.2.2:8), since in reality there is no time. But the mere seeming consideration of the idea of “ego”, which is the idea of separation from oneness, set in motion the nightmarish dream of the Big Bang, the cosmos, and the world, with time and space progressing seemingly forever. In this dualistic dream, the now seemingly fragmented sleeping Son of God becomes aware of something not itself. Wow, the separation from God apparently succeeded. I attacked oneness and I won. I’m on my own! I exist!

To conclude this ludicrous tale which is nonetheless the basis for everything we hold dear and proclaim als real in our dream world of time and space: thanks to my rejection, attack and murder of God I exist. My attack on Heaven is how I, as the god in my own personal kingdom, came into existence. I therefore constantly need to experience rejection, attack and murder to keep proving my existence. Why do I need to constantly re-confirm this belief? Because somewhere deep inside I know it’s not true. How could I possibly have murdered God, the Creator of all? Sure, I exist, but God is bound to find me out and punish me for this horrendous sin of rejecting Him. Unconsciously, I project my attack energy away to God. I then become convinced that God (that is, the ego’s version of god) is out to attack and murder me, which, to be honest, is fully understandable and justified. And so we turn to the ego for counsel. Help!

“Relax,” the ego soothes us. “Look at the world around you. Did you cause all the misery you see? Of course not. Others are responsible for attack and murder. God will obviously recognize your face of innocence and punish the evil-doers in the world. Just pretend to be kind and loving, and you’ll be fine (well, at least for a few decades, heh heh).” So how does this relate to all the violence in books, movies, and games? These media provide me with an excellent finger-pointing opportunity. Attack and murder are not in me; they are out there! am innocent, for the violence is obviously outside of me. So to recap: we are addicted to violence because (1) this affirms the undeniable reality of the ontological separation from God, proving that I exist; and (2) it demonstrates that the violence inherent in the separation belongs to others, not to me. Just imagine what could change if heads of state would become aware of this thought mechanism in their mind!

In A Course in Miracles, Jesus presents us with a gentle way out of this nightmare. What’s more, this way is guaranteed to work, since we cannot obliterate the presence of the Holy Spirit (the voice for Love/oneness/God) entirely, although we try to bury it deeply. Since every external attack on me (physically or verbally) unconsciously reminds me of my own sinfulness, eventually the pain reaches a level at which I cry out that there must be a better way. Jesus gladly responds by inviting me to look above the battleground (T-23.IV) at what is really going on. From that position, that is, not being drawn in, but objectively watching the movie of the split mind, I come to realize that what I thought to be gospel truth is not so! The bloated, roaring ego turns out to be nothing — a lie to keep up the illusion that the separation from oneness did actually happen. By looking with Jesus at this dream, I come to realize that the peace of Heaven was never shattered, that God knows nothing of separation whatsoever, and that He still loves His Son. I am still safe at Home with the Father.

However, realizing this truth is obviously not enough to discard the ego nightmare as if by a finger snap. I chose the ego, and I obviously still choose it most of the time. Why? As we saw in previous posts, the consequence of accepting the truth of Jesus’ message is that I will lose my precious individual personality. However illusory my little separated self may be, in my gut I still believe it’s all I got. We all focus a lot on the body, the embodiment of the ego. It takes a while (probably several lifetimes) to unlearn the ego and to gladly accept that giving up individuality brings me, as holographic part of the Son of God, eternal peace and never-ending, changeless Love. That’s why the study and practice of A Course in Miracles is a slow process that requires trust and patience. So how to go about it? You guessed it: forgiveness. That is, not forgiveness in the sense that I am more spiritually advanced than other wretched souls, but the recognition that we are all equally worthy of God, and that we all share the same interest of joining eachother in our journey-without-distance back to God. It’s the mindshift from the ego’s “one or the other” to the Holy Spirit’s “together, or not at all” (T-19.IV-D.12:8).

Forgiveness means: choosing the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of what we seem to perceive around us. It means bringing our mind’s focus to the now, instead of on the sinful past and the fearful future. If I choose to see a forgiven world (because of the silliness of the ego illusion; nothing happened) I allow my own mind to be healed by the Holy Spirit’s correction. And what happens then to my consciousness? “Nothing around you but is part of you. Look on it lovingly, and see the light of Heaven in it. So will you come to understand all that is given you. In kind forgiveness will the world sparkle and shine, and everything you once thought sinful now will be reinterpreted as part of Heaven. How beautiful it is to walk, clean and redeemed and happy, through a world in bitter need of the redemption that your innocence bestows on it!” ( Thus we unlearn the lessons of the ego.

One final point: the next time you see your spouse or kids watching horrific movies or playing violent games, and you now fully realize what is going on, stop yourself from trying to change them. Whenever you feel that urge, realize that you’re falling in the trap of perceiving something externally that is wrong, and that it is up to you to do something about it. This is what Kenneth Wapnick refers to as “Making the error real”. Trying to convert people is much like rejecting and attacking them, which will numb the voice of the Holy Spirit in your own mind. All you need do is to accept the Atonement for yourself (T-2.V.5:1, T-5.V.7:8, M-7.3:2). Just try to be kind and loving to them. This is the best way to remind them of the kindness and love in their own mind. Thus you leave it up to the Holy Spirit to correct the conflict in their mind. When they are ready for that is not up to you, and time does not really exist anyway. Just keep practicing unconditional forgiveness, that is, keep expressing love unconditionally. This brings and extends the peace of God that you and I really yearn for.

Also see my seven “guidelines for living in an illusory world” in “Miracles or Murder: a guide to concepts of A Course in Miracles“. This guidebook, endorsed by Gary and Cindy Renard, was published in March 2016 by Outskirts Press and is available at