A collection of A Course in Miracles Quotes
Quotes on "Temptation"
T1B30L ""Lead us not into temptation" means "guide us out of our own errors.""
T1B40F ""Lead us not into Temptation" means "Do not let us deceive ourselves into believing that we can relate in peace to God or our brothers with ANYTHING external.""
T1B40I "You were right in telling Bill to invite Me to enter anywhere temptation arises."
T4D4 "That was written in that form because it is a good thing to use as a kind of prayer in moments of temptation."
T8G13 "This releases the mind from the temptation to see it in many lights, and gives it over ENTIRELY to the One Light in which it can be really understood at all."
T12G14 "In me, you have ALREADY overcome EVERY temptation that would hold you back."
T16H12 "Let us not wander into temptation, for the temptation of the Son of God is NOT Your Will."
T17F4 "The temptation of the ego becomes extremely intense, with this shift in goals."
T18H7 "When peace comes at last to those who wrestle with temptation, and fight against giving in to sin; when the light comes at last into the mind given to contemplation, or when the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it ALWAYS comes with just ONE happy realization, -- "I need do nothing.""
T18H8 "Believe it for just one instant, and you will accomplish more than is given to a century of contemplation, or of struggle against temptation."
T20B3 "Let him not wander into the temptation of crucifixion, and DELAY him there."
T23A5 "Let us not let littleness lead God's Son into temptation."
T23A5 "Leave him not frightened and alone in his temptation."
T23E6 "When the temptation to attack rises to make your mind darkened and murderous, remember you CAN see the battle from above."
T24G4 "Yet it is GIVEN you to be BEYOND its laws in ALL respects, in EVERY way, and EVERY circumstance; in ALL temptation to perceive what is NOT there, and ALL belief God's Son can suffer pain because he sees himself as he is not."
T25D7 "And he will re-interpret ALL temptation as just another chance to bring him joy."
T25H14 "Remember ALL temptation is but this; a mad belief that God's insanity would make YOU sane, and GIVE you what you want."
T26K4 "Beware of the temptation to perceive yourself unfairly treated."
T30I3 "What is temptation but a wish to make illusions real?"
T30I3 "Temptation, then, is nothing more than this; - a prayer the miracle touch not some dreams, but KEEP their unreality obscure, and GIVE to them reality instead."
T30I6 "Let no temptation to prefer a dream allow uncertainty to enter here."
T31A11 "What is temptation but a wish to make the wrong decision on what you would learn, and have an outcome which you do not want?"
T31C1 "It must become a habit of response so typical of everything you do, that it becomes your FIRST response to all temptation, and to every situation that occurs."
T31G10 "What is temptation but the WISH to stay in hell and misery?"
T31G12 "Whatever form temptation seems to take, it ALWAYS but reflects a wish to be a self that you are not."
T31G14 "Be vigilant against temptation, then, remembering that it is but a wish, insane and meaningless, to make yourself a thing which you are not."
T31G14 "Consider what temptation is, and see the real alternatives you choose between."
T31H1 "Temptation has ONE lesson it would teach, in ALL its forms, WHEREVER it occurs."
T31H4 "Be never fearful of temptation then, but see it as it is; another chance to choose again, and let Christ's strength prevail in every circumstance and every place you raised an image of yourself before."
T31H5 "Learn, then, the happy habit of response to ALL temptation to perceive yourself as weak and miserable with these words: "I am as God created me."
T31H6 "What you behold as sickness and as pain, as weakness and as suffering and loss, is but temptation to perceive YOURSELF defenseless and in hell."
T31H10 "In joyous welcome is my hand outstretched to every brother who would join with me in reaching past temptation, and who looks with fixed determination toward the light that shines beyond in perfect constancy."
W16L3 "There is such a temptation to dismiss fear thoughts as unimportant, trivial, and not worth bothering about that it is essential you recognize them all as equally destructive but equally unreal."
W17L1 "It is always the thought that comes first, despite the temptation to believe that it is really the other way around."
W27L2 "There may be a great temptation to believe that some sort of sacrifice is being asked of you when you say you want to see above all else."
W31L5 "The idea for today is a particularly useful one to use as a response to any form of temptation."
W34L5 "The purpose is to protect yourself from temptation throughout the day."
W34L5 "If a specific form of temptation arises in your awareness, the exercise should take this form: "I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.""
W61L4 "It is the perfect answer to all illusions, and therefore to all temptation."
W64L1 "Today's idea is merely another way of saying, "Let me not wander into temptation.""
W64L1 "It is the temptation to abandon God and His Son, taking on a physical appearance."
W64L2 "Nothing the body's eyes seem to see can be anything but a form of temptation, since this was the purpose of the body itself."
W64L2 "In this perception, the physical appearance of temptation becomes the spiritual recognition of salvation."
W64L3 "The world's salvation awaits your forgiveness because through it does the Son of God escape from all illusions and thus from all temptation."
W70L1 "All temptation is nothing more than some form of the basic temptation not to believe the idea for today."
W71L9 "Be alert to all temptation to hold grievances today, and respond to them with this form of today's idea: "Holding grievances is the opposite of God's plan for salvation."
W74L5 "There may be some temptation to mistake these attempts for withdrawal, but the difference is easily detected."
W76L13 "We will repeat this dedication as often as possible today; at least four or five times an hour, as well as in response to any temptation to experience ourselves as subject to other laws throughout the day."
W78L10 "Temptation falls away when we allow each one we meet to save us, and refuse to hide his light behind our grievances."
W79L4 "The temptation to regard problems as many is the temptation to keep the problem of separation unsolved."
W91L11 "Also, be sure to meet temptation with today's idea."
W94L1 "Today we continue with the one idea which brings complete salvation; the one statement which makes all forms of temptation powerless; the one thought which renders the ego silent and entirely undone."
W95L5 "You often fail to remember the short applications of the idea for the day, and you have not yet formed the habit of using it as an automatic response to temptation."
W95L8 "There may well be a temptation to regard the day as lost because you have already failed to do what is required."
W97L9 "Use them against temptation, and escape its sorry consequences if you yield to the belief that you are something else."
W128L4 "Let nothing which relates to body thoughts delay your progress to salvation, nor permit temptation to believe the world has anything you want to hold you back."
W130L10 "Dismiss temptation easily today whenever it arises, merely by remembering the limits on your choice."
W161L1 "Here is the answer to temptation which can never fail to welcome in the Christ where fear and anger had prevailed before."
W182L4 "No temptation but becomes a nameless and unwanted thing before God's Name."
W193L5 "These are the words with which temptation ends and guilt, abandoned, is revered no more."
W194L6 "As it becomes a thought which rules your mind, a habit in your problem-solving repertoire, a way of quick reaction to temptation, you extend your learning to the world."
W194L9 "And if we are tempted to attack, we will appeal to Him Who guards our rest to make the choice for us that leaves temptation far behind."
W200R66 "When you are tempted, hasten to proclaim your freedom from temptation, as you say: "This thought I do not want."
W272L2 "And if we hear temptation call to us to stay and linger in a dream, we turn aside and ask ourselves if we, the Sons of God, could be content with dreams, when Heaven can be chosen just as easily as hell, and love will happily replace all fear."
M17A9 "The avoidance of magic is the avoidance of temptation."
M17A9 "For all temptation is nothing more than the attempt to substitute another will for God's."
M17A10 "Yet each temptation to accept magic as true must be abandoned through his recognition not that it is fearful, not that it is sinful, not that it is dangerous, but merely that it is meaningless."
M18A2 "There is, however, a temptation to respond to magic in a way that reinforces it."
M24A1 "Even the most advanced of God's teachers will give way to temptation in this world."
M24A2 "Temptation may recur to others, but never to this One."
M26A5 "It may still be strong enough to rally under this new temptation to win back strength by guile."
P4B9 "He has chosen a road on which there is great temptation to misuse his role."
P4B9 "This enables him to pass by many obstacles to peace quite quickly, if he escapes the temptation to assume a function that has not been given him."
Quotes on "Tempted"
T4B34 "I could not understand their importance to YOU if I had not once been tempted to believe them myself."
T5D12 "When you are tempted by the wrong voice, call on me to remind you how to heal by sharing my decision and MAKING IT STRONGER."
T10D6 "When you are tempted to deny Him, remember that there ARE no other Gods that you CAN place before Him, and accept His Will for you in peace."
T11H16 "When you are tempted to yield to the desire for death, remember that I DID NOT DIE."
T11J7 "As you look upon yourselves and judge what you do honestly, as you have been asked to do, you may be tempted to wonder how you can be guiltless."
T12G13 "Whenever you are tempted to undertake a foolish journey that would lead AWAY from light, remember what you REALLY want, and say, "The Holy Spirit leads me unto Christ, and where else would I go?"
T15B10 "Whenever you are tempted to be dispirited by the thought of HOW LONG it would take to change your mind so completely, ask yourself, "How long is an instant?""
T15B11 "Remember, then, when you are tempted to attack a brother, that HIS instant of release is YOURS."
T16A4 "Keep but one thought in mind, and do not lose sight of it, however tempted you may be to judge the situation, and DETERMINE your response BY judging it."
T16B2 "Be tempted not in this and yield not to the ego's triumphant use of empathy, for ITS glory."
T17H4 "Be tempted not by what it offers you."
T18D5 "Be tempted not to snatch away the gift of faith you offered to each other."
T18J4 "YOU are severely tempted to abandon HIM at the outside ring of fear."
T19C9 "Perhaps you would be tempted to AGREE with the ego, that it is far better to be sinful than mistaken."
T19D8 "When you are tempted to believe that sin is real, remember this: If sin is real, both God AND YOU are not."
T30F2 "No-one is tempted by its vain appeal, for suffering and death have been perceived as things NOT wanted, and not striven FOR."
T30I4 "When he is tempted, he DENIES reality."
T30I6 "Be not made guilty and afraid when you are tempted by a dream of what he is."
T31G15 "Can you to whom God says, "Release My Son" be tempted NOT to listen, when you learn that it is YOU for whom He asks release?"
W9L3 "You may be tempted to obscure it."
W21L3 "You will probably be tempted to dwell more on some situations than on others, on the fallacious grounds that they are more "obvious.""
W69L8 " Also, be sure to tell yourself: "If I hold this grievance, the light of the world will be hidden from me," if you are tempted to hold anything against anyone today."
W73L11 "It is most important, however, to apply today's idea in this form immediately you are tempted to hold a grievance of any kind."
W75L8 " Should you be tempted, say to anyone who seems to pull you back to darkness: "The light has come."
W88L5 "I am constantly tempted to make up other laws, and give them power over me."
W93L11 "Should you be tempted to become angry with someone, tell him silently: "Light and joy and peace abide in you."
W99L12 "If you are tempted to believe them true, remember that appearances can not withstand the truth these mighty words contain: "Salvation is my only function here."
W122L14 "Be tempted not to let your gifts slip by, and drift into forgetfulness but hold them firmly in your mind by your attempts to think of them at least a minute as each quarter of an hour passes by."
W132L17 "Throughout the day, increase the freedom sent through your ideas to all the world, and say whenever you are tempted to deny the power of your simple change of mind: "I loose the world from all I thought it was, And choose my own reality instead.""
W134L9 "When you feel that you are tempted to accuse someone of sin in any form, do not allow your mind to dwell on what you think he did, for this is self-deception."
W155L9 "And you may find that you are tempted still to walk ahead of truth, and let illusion be your guide."
W161L12 "Be sure you use it instantly, should you be tempted to attack a brother and perceive in him the symbol of your fear."
W193L6 "Shall we not learn to say these words when we are tempted to believe that pain is real, and death becomes our choice instead of life?"
W220IN23 "Nor will we forget our hourly remembrance, in between calling to God when we have need of Him as we are tempted to forget our goal."
M8A2 "Should he be tempted to doubt this, he should not repeat his previous effort."
G3A5 "Do not be tempted."
Quotes on "Tempting"
W29L4 "Try to avoid the tendency toward self-directed selection, which may be particularly tempting in connection with today's idea because of its wholly alien nature."
M26A4 "There is, however, a particular appeal in unusual abilities which can be curiously tempting."
Quotes on "Tempt"
T21H10 "And you can want to see a sinless world, and let an "enemy" tempt you to use the body's eyes, and CHANGE what you desire."
W84L6 ""Let this not tempt me to attack myself.""
W85L6 "These forms of the idea are suitable for more specific application: "Let this not tempt me to look away from me for my salvation.""
W105L9 "And if a brother seems to tempt you to deny God's gift to him, see it as but another chance to let yourself receive the gifts of God as yours."
W128L8 "And when you think you see some value in an aspect or an image of the world, refuse to lay this chain upon your mind, and tell yourself with quiet certainty: "This will not tempt me to delay myself."
W135L27 "Throughout the day, as foolish little things appear to raise defensiveness in you and tempt you to engage in weaving plans, remind yourself this is a special day for learning, and acknowledge it with this: "This is Easter time."
W163L1 "It may appear as sadness, fear, anxiety or doubt; as anger, faithlessness and lack of trust; concern for bodies, envy, and all forms in which the wish to be as you are not may come to tempt you."
W166L13 "Let sorrow not tempt you to be unfaithful to your trust."
W192L9 "Thus does each one who seems to tempt you to be angry represent your Savior from the prison-house of death."
Quotes on "Temptations"
T4E9 "Watch your minds for the temptations of the ego, and do not be deceived by it."
T6B6 "You are merely asked to follow my example in the face of much less extreme temptations to misperceive, and NOT to accept them falsely as justifications for anger."
T6B12 "I undertook to show this was true in a very extreme case, merely because this would serve as a good teaching aid to those whose temptations to give in to anger and assault would NOT be as extreme."
T6H5 "This step is unequivocal in that it teaches THERE MUST BE NO EXCEPTIONS, but it does NOT deny that the temptations to MAKE exceptions will occur."
T20E5 "It is upheld through ALL temptations to imprison and to BE imprisoned."
W39L10 "If temptations arise, a particularly helpful form of the idea is: "My holiness is my salvation from this.""
W220IN211 "For in this final section we will come to understand that we need only call to God, and all temptations disappear."
M8A4 "One of the more difficult temptations to recognize is that to doubt a healing because of the appearance of continuing symptoms is a mistake in the form of lack of trust."
M17A8 "Yet there will be temptations along the way the teacher of God has yet to travel, and he has need of reminding himself throughout the day of his protection."
Quotes on "Tempts"
T8I1 "When the ego tempts you to sickness, do not ask the Holy Spirit to heal the body."
T16F12 "Whenever ANY form of special relationship tempts you to seek for love in ritual, remember love is CONTENT, and NOT form of ANY kind."
T22C13 "Can YOU reach Heaven while a single sin still tempts you to remain in misery?"
T30F8 "And when an idol tempts you, think of this; there never was a time an idol brought you ANYTHING except the "gift" of guilt."
W33L3 "Specific applications of today's idea should also be made immediately when any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed."
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