LIFE – THE COURSE IN MIRACLES
There are not different kinds of life, for life is like the truth. It does not have degrees.
It is the one condition in which all that God created share.
Like all His Thoughts, it has no opposite.
In this world there appears to be a state that is life’s opposite. You call it death. Yet we have learned that the idea of death takes many forms.
It is the one idea which underlies all feelings that are not supremely happy.
It is the alarm to which you give response of any kind
that is not perfect joy.
All sorrow, loss, anxiety and suffering and pain, even a little sigh
of weariness, a slight discomfort or the merest
frown, acknowledge death.
And thus deny your life.
What seems to die is but the sign
of mind asleep.
The opposite of life can only be another form of life. As such, it can be reconciled with what created it, because it is not opposite in truth. Its form may change; it may appear to be what it is not.
Yet mind is mind awake or sleeping. It is not its opposite in anything created, nor in what it seems to make when it believes it sleeps.
What seems to be the opposite of life
is merely sleeping.
When the mind elects to be what it is not, and to assume an alien power which it does not have, a foreign state it cannot enter, or a false condition not within its Source, it merely seems to go to sleep a while.
It dreams of time; an interval in which what seems to happen never has occurred, the changes wrought are substance-less, and all events are nowhere.
When the mind awakes, it but continues as it always was.
our life is not as we imagine it.
Who changes life because he shuts his eyes, or makes himself what he is not because he sleeps and sees in dreams an opposite to what he is? We will not ask for death in any form today.
Nor will we let imagined opposites to life abide even
an instant where the Thought of Life Eternal
has been set by God Himself.
He is Lord of what we think today. And in His Thoughts, which have no opposite, we understand there is one life, and that we share with Him, with all creation, with their thoughts as well, whom He created in a Unity of life that cannot separate in death and leave the Source of Life from where it came.
We share life because we have one Source,
a Source from Which perfection comes to us, remaining always
in the holy minds which He created perfect.
– Make this Affirmation:
There is one life, and that I share with God.
There is no death because what God created shares His Life.
There is no death because an opposite to God does not exist.
There is no death because the Father and the Son are One.