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Chapter 9
The Acceptance Of The Atonement

IV. The Holy Spirit's Plan of Forgiveness


T-9.IV.1. Atonement is for all, because it is the way to undo the belief that anything is for you alone. 2 To forgive is to overlook. 3 Look, then, beyond error and do not let your perception rest upon it, for you will believe what your perception holds. 4 Accept as true only what your brother is, if you would know yourself. 5 Perceive what he is not and you cannot know what you are, because you see him falsely. 6 Remember always that your Identity is shared, and that Its sharing is Its reality.

T-9.IV.2. You have a part to play in the Atonement, but the plan of the Atonement is beyond you. 2 You do not understand how to overlook errors, or you would not make them. 3 It would merely be further error to believe either that you do not make them, or that you can correct them without a Guide to correction. 4 And if you do not follow this Guide, your errors will not be corrected. 5 The plan is not yours because of your limited ideas about what you are. 6 This sense of limitation is where all errors arise. 7 The way to undo them, therefore, is not of you but for you.

T-9.IV.3. The Atonement is a lesson in sharing, which is given you because you have forgotten how to do it. 2 The Holy Spirit merely reminds you of the natural use of your abilities. 3 By reinterpreting the ability to attack into the ability to share, He translates what you have made into what God created. 4 If you would accomplish this through Him you cannot look on your abilities through the eyes of the ego, or you will judge them as it does. 5 All their harmfulness lies in the ego's judgment. 6 All their helpfulness lies in the judgment of the Holy Spirit.

T-9.IV.4. The ego, too, has a plan of forgiveness because you are asking for one, though not of the right teacher. 2 The ego's plan, of course, makes no sense and will not work. 3 By following its plan you will merely place yourself in an impossible situation, to which the ego always leads you. 4 The ego's plan is to have you see error clearly first, and then overlook it. 5 Yet how can you overlook what you have made real? 6 By seeing it clearly, you have made it real and cannot overlook it. 7 This is where the ego is forced to appeal to "mysteries," insisting that you must accept the meaningless to save yourself. 8 Many have tried to do this in my name, forgetting that my words make perfect sense because they come from God. 9 They are as sensible now as they ever were, because they speak of ideas that are eternal.

T-9.IV.5. Forgiveness that is learned of me does not use fear to undo fear. 2 Nor does it make real the unreal and then destroy it. 3 Forgiveness through the Holy Spirit lies simply in looking beyond error from the beginning, and thus keeping it unreal for you. 4 Do not let any belief in its realness enter your mind, or you will also believe that you must undo what you have made in order to be forgiven. 5 What has no effect does not exist, and to the Holy Spirit the effects of error are nonexistent. 6 By steadily and consistently cancelling out all its effects, everywhere and in all respects, He teaches that the ego does not exist and proves it.

T-9.IV.6. Follow the Holy Spirit's teaching in forgiveness, then, because forgiveness is His function and He knows how to fulfill it perfectly. 2 That is what I meant when I said that miracles are natural, and when they do not occur something has gone wrong. 3 Miracles are merely the sign of your willingness to follow the Holy Spirit's plan of salvation, recognizing that you do not understand what it is. 4 His work is not your function, and unless you accept this you cannot learn what your function is.

T-9.IV.7. The confusion of functions is so typical of the ego that you should be quite familiar with it by now. 2 The ego believes that all functions belong to it, even though it has no idea what they are. 3 This is more than mere confusion. 4 It is a particularly dangerous combination of grandiosity and confusion that makes the ego likely to attack anyone and anything for no reason at all. 5 This is exactly what the ego does. 6 It is unpredictable in its responses, because it has no idea of what it perceives.

T-9.IV.8. If you have no idea what is happening, how appropriately can you expect to react? 2 You might ask yourself, regardless of how you may account for the reaction, whether its unpredictability places the ego in a sound position as your guide. 3 Let me repeat that the ego's qualifications as a guide are singularly unfortunate, and that it is a remarkably poor choice as a teacher of salvation. 4 Anyone who elects a totally insane guide must be totally insane himself. 5 Nor is it true that you do not realize the guide is insane. 6 You realize it because I realize it, and you have judged it by the same standard I have.

T-9.IV.9. The ego literally lives on borrowed time, and its days are numbered. 2 Do not fear the Last Judgment, but welcome it and do not wait, for the ego's time is "borrowed" from your eternity. 3 This is the Second Coming that was made for you as the First was created. 4 The Second Coming is merely the return of sense. 5 Can this possibly be fearful?

T-9.IV.10. What can be fearful but fantasy, and who turns to fantasy unless he despairs of finding satisfaction in reality? 2 Yet it is certain that you will never find satisfaction in fantasy, so that your only hope is to change your mind about reality. 3 Only if the decision that reality is fearful is wrong can God be right. 4 And I assure you that God is right. 5 Be glad, then, that you have been wrong, but this was only because you did not know who you were. 6 Had you known, you could no more have been wrong than God can.

T-9.IV.11. The impossible can happen only in fantasy. 2 When you search for reality in fantasies you will not find it. 3 The symbols of fantasy are of the ego, and of these you will find many. 4 But do not look for meaning in them. 5 They have no more meaning than the fantasies into which they are woven. 6 Fairy tales can be pleasant or fearful, but no one calls them true. 7 Children may believe them, and so, for a while, the tales are true for them. 8 Yet when reality dawns, the fantasies are gone. 9 Reality has not gone in the meanwhile. 10 The Second Coming is the awareness of reality, not its return.

T-9.IV.12. Behold, my child, reality is here. 2 It belongs to you and me and God, and is perfectly satisfying to all of Us. 3 Only this awareness heals, because it is the awareness of truth.

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