A Course in Miracles
My mind holds only what I think with God.
(135) If I defend myself I am attacked.
(136) Sickness is a defense against the truth.
A Course in Miracles© 3rd Edition, published in 2007 by the Foundation for Inner Peace
Experience Lesson 148
Reflections of Light
Defenses are a less obvious way to make illusions real, at least to yourself. You then attempt to handle illusions as if they were real. When you make plans for the future, you reinforce fears that you need protection from an inherently dangerous world. Each defense increases fear, which it attempts to handle by controlling everything and not allowing change.
Defenses take fragments of the whole and piece them together without regard for the truth and build a case to support whatever illusion you are trying to maintain. This illusion is only your own decision of what should be real. This is reality making, but in truth you but deceive yourself.
Defenses seem to be unconscious because of the lightening speed with which you evaluate a threat, set up defenses to handle it, and then forget you set it up. The forgetting of the part you played keeps the belief that what is happening is coming from the outside in place. The “you” that you are concerned with here is the body. Sickness proves the body is real.
The body is in need of no defense. Every need it has was assigned to it by your own mind.
The “self” that needs protection isn’t real. Your pain comes from your mind that thinks it is limited and fragile, alone and afraid. It is these type of thoughts that need healing.
A healed mind does not plan because its life demonstrates trust. It listens and follows a Voice that is not its own. Following a plan it does not make, frees it to be a means of helping in a plan that exceeds its own tiny protection.
Notice how heavily defended you are and let defenses go. Your mind is healed each morning, evening, and hour that you are still, receive, and accept what is given. These answers may not answer problems as you imagine them, but they answer another kind of question and answer for all eternity. In this Answer are all small answers contained.
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You are Love’s Light
There is another way of looking at the world. A way in which holiness envelopes everything you see and giving and receiving are one. You are this holiness. Love created you like itself and there is nothing you can do to change this. You merely had a dream you were separate. You have chosen now to awaken from your sleep. You have chosen to remember who you are. You are Love’s Light.