A course in miracles dating
What Jesus is talking about here is the special relationship, which is the substitute for the real relationship or the holy relationship. IV.3:3–4:3) Every special relationship you have made has, as its fundamental purpose, the aim of occupying your mind so completely that you will not hear the call of truth.
In a sense, the special relationship was the ego's answer to the creation of the Holy Spirit, Who was God's Answer to the separation.
Yet, the threat to its existence is not the Holy Spirit.
The threat is the Son of God choosing the ego, realizing he made a mistake, correcting that mistake, and choosing the Holy Spirit.
We chose the ego instead of the Holy Spirit's Atonement principle because that Atonement principle would mean that the separation never happened, which would mean that this individual self that we cherish and worship is an illusion.
Once we made that choice, the ego became aware of threat.
So at this point the ego needs a defense against the mind.
Again, it is really not so much a defense against the Holy Spirit, which the ego does not understand or recognize. The ego does not understand what we will choose, but it does understand that we can choose against it; and when we choose against the ego, the ego must disappear, because it is upheld only by our belief in it.
These are the two shields or levels of defense that the ego uses to keep from us the awareness that we have a mind that can choose.
I went through the versions that I had edited with Helen and I could not find it.
I finally realized that it was not Jesus who said it; I was the one who said it.
It makes very clear how the special relationship is a defense.
It is from Chapter 17 in the text, the section called "The Two Pictures": (T-17.
But it is so terrible a fact, and so overwhelming an experience of self-hatred because of the sin against God and the destruction of His Love and Heaven that the ego says we deserve to be punished for this.