The following are excerpts from A Course in Miracles.
“Peace is inevitable to those who offer peace. Peace is an attribute in you. The mind that wants peace must join with other minds, for that is how peace is obtained. The only way to have peace is to teach peace.”
“Everything you see is the result of your thoughts. Every thought you have brings either peace or war; love or fear.
From insane wishes comes an insane world. From judgment comes a world condemned. And from forgiving thoughts a gentle world comes forth.
Truth does not struggle against ignorance, and love does not attack fear. Love can have no enemy. Perfect love casts out fear. If fear exists, then there is not perfect love.
Would you not go through fear to love? For such the journey seems to be. It is a journey without distance, to a goal that has never changed.
You dwell not here, but in eternity. You travel in dreams, while safe at home. There is no journey, but only an awakening.
Faith in the eternal is always justified, for the eternal is forever kind, infinite in its patience and wholly loving. It will accept you wholly and give you peace. Yet it can only unite with what is already at peace in you.
The choice to judge rather than to know is the cause of the loss of peace. You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgment.
Love does not seek for power but for relationships. When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him (or her) you will see yourself. When you see your brothers as yourself you will be released.
Fail not in your function of loving in a loveless place made out of darkness and deceit, for thus are darkness and deceit undone. Love cannot be far behind a grateful heart and thankful mind.
When you are afraid of anything, you are acknowledging its power to hurt you. Remember that where your heart is, there is your treasure also.
You believe in what you value. If you are afraid, you are valuing wrongly.
Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way. As this recognition becomes more firmly established, it becomes a turning point.
All healing is essentially the release from fear.
It is essential to remember that only the mind can create, and that correction begins at the thought level. Spirit is already perfect and therefore does not require correction.
Questioning illusions is the first step in undoing them. The body does not exist except as a learning device for the mind.
You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think.
The truth is that you are responsible for what you think because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.
Few appreciate the real power of the mind, and no one remains fully aware of it all the time. However, if you hope to spare yourself from fear there are some things you must realize, and realize fully.
The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating.
Confidence cannot develop fully until mastery has been accomplished. Readiness is only the beginning of confidence.
Nothing and everything cannot coexist. To believe in one is to deny the other. Fear is really nothing and love is everything.
Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished.
Innocence is not a partial attribute. It is not real until it is total. The partly innocent are apt to be quite foolish at times. It is not until their innocence become a viewpoint with universal application that it becomes wisdom.
Healing only strengthens. Magic always tries to weaken. Healing perceives nothing in the healer that everyone else does not share with him.
Magic always sees something “special” in the healer which he believes he can offer as a gift to someone who does not have it.
If you attack error in another, you will hurt yourself. You cannot know your brother (or sister) when you attack him (or her). Attack is always made upon a stranger.
You are making them a stranger by misperceiving them, and so you cannot know them. It is because you have made them stranger that you are afraid of him. There are no strangers in God’s creation.”