To be a student of A Course in Miracles is to choose to see the world differently, period. That is the entire Course in a nutshell. It is a choice we make because every other way of seeing the world that we have tried has left us feeling powerless, or victimized, or both; states which none of us can tolerate for long because somewhere deep inside of us we know it isn't true.
We students of the Course have chosen to see ourselves as cause rather than effect. We are not God but we are that which God is. We have been given – by God – the free will to choose to imagine a world in which God does not exist, or in which God is cruel, and this is the total extent of what we have done: we have imagined it. Because we are God's creation we possess the power to create; a power that God knows can never result in something in which He is not but which we have – in an instant of wayward thought – considered possible. From that tiny "mad idea" an entire universe seemed to spring into existence; a universe in which we imagined ourselves separate, and special, and in which we could be God. And in that instant, fear – a condition totally unknown and unknowable to God – was born.
You do not realize the magnitude of that one error. It was so vast and so completely incredible that from it a world of total unreality had to emerge. What else could come of it? Its fragmented aspects are fearful enough, as you begin to look at them. But nothing you have seen begins to show you the enormity of the original error, which seemed to cast you out of Heaven, to shatter knowledge into meaningless bits of disunited perceptions, and to force you to make further substitutions. (A Course in Miracles, T-18.I.5.)
God cannot know fear. However we seem to have created an entire universe in which fear is the dominant force. We say "seem to have created" because nothing which God does not know can truly exist, and God doesn't know this. To know this would make God insane and God is not insane.
There are those who say that God does not exist. This is a reasonable conclusion within this realm of ours. There are also those who say that God is in control here – another reasonable point of view. But consider the ramifications of each of these choices:
A universe in which God does not exist is a universe without meaning. Traces of meaning may be found in tiny, separate, but ultimately inconsequential events experienced by each of us, or by groups of us, but always within the confines of a universe doomed – as our best scientific minds demonstrate over and over again – to eventual annihilation. Nothing that we do here will last and therefore nothing that we do has any meaning in the long run. We are powerless to change that reality within this space and time.
A universe like ours in which God is in control has meaning but it's a terrifying one. It is a world in which God is no longer a loving creator but a fearsome avenger. It is a world in which we find ourselves unworthy of our Father's love unless we please Him. It is a world in which our seemingly consistent failure to do so renders us unlovable, except by a Father who sees us as guilty of an impossibility and chooses to overlook it – as long as we apologize for what we did not do. Otherwise we are eternally damned by the one who claims to love us. In such a world we are victims and we are victimizers.
As students of A Course in Miracles we recognize an element of truth within each of these belief systems but we also see the circular nature of them; there is no way out. God is either absent or God is a monster; there is no other possibility within the worlds these thought systems envision.
We choose to see things differently. We choose to acknowledge that God is, that only God is, and that anywhere God appears not to be cannot exist outside of a dream. We choose to acknowledge God as the ultimate perfection and that within ultimate perfection fear cannot exist; therefore anywhere in which fear seems to exist must also be a dream. This is what the Voice for God meant when It taught us:
We choose to know that we are God's creation and that the creation of ultimate perfection cannot be less than perfect or it would render the Creator imperfect. We choose to acknowledge what our own science teaches us: that all "matter" within our universe is merely one form of energy or another and that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only change form within the confines of time and space. We see a glimpse of the ultimate truth within the energy rather than within the form it takes and recognize the form for what it is: a temporary manifestation of that which is real, not reality itself.
Having listened to the Voice for God we see our way out of this madness that we have mistaken for our reality: a way that does not involve fear but rather an acknowledgement of our power to create and, in this case, miscreate. We can undo what we seem to have done and in doing so find that we never actually did anything. The guilt that seemed to give rise to this universe of fear could never have been real because guilt cannot exist within perfection. It is our realization of that truth, and the forgiveness of ourselves for ever believing that anything else was possible, that shows us the way out of the endless, repetitious thought processes that seem to trap us here.
I give thanks to the Voice for God for sharing this truth with me and I share it with you knowing that somewhere within you lies the tiny spark of recognition that will ultimately lead you home as well. Our Father is there, waiting for His one and only child to awaken from this nightmare of pain, gently holding us in His arms and comforting us while respecting us enough to know that we must awaken in our own way, in our own time. When we do, He will be there to welcome us back to a home we never actually left but only dreamed that we did, and all will be as it always was: perfect.