This short article begins a string on what A Course in Miracles (ACIM) means when it speaks of the “miracle” and the “mind.” Some students can cite definitions from the Course, understanding the non-dualistic meaning within the knowledge of dualism takes some time to master and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that individuals can attempt unlearning-learning process. Correction is just in the mind of the perceiver and not through forms as true choice is between listening two voices: God or the ego. Claims to be of a “miracle mind” is really the ego, forgiveness-to-destroy and spiritual specialness. The ego speaks first and the loudest. Love is quiet; and love is expressed in this world through right-minded forgiveness.
Spiritual specialness is from the unconscious arrogance of the ego wrong mind which believes it’s in competition with God. Since we’re the same, we’re actually competing with everyone constantly until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the notion of competition. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not because the ego’s agenda is that individuals don’t understand that the point given anything is in the mind from choosing with God or the ego. To take back our decision making ability is the purpose of the Course.
The ego’s voice, which we mistakenly believe is the Holy Spirit, contains no humility nor dependence on God. Rather, it’s the voice if you are self-created, i.e., the authority problem. Most of us have confusion regarding the writer of our existence (ego or God) and the difference between form (illusion) and content (mind where correction take place). To be miracle-minded, we can’t be in conflict on any level for the right-mind itself is conflict-free. There’s a difference between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.
We’ve no honesty once we use spiritual specialness as we say we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This can be a defense against the opposite and i will be discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen is the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To carry on this discussion, let’s start with some word symbol definitions. We shall look at both the ego definition and the Course’s definition. Only the ego is fully definable because it’s limitation itself. Perceived lack through projected forms (illusions) leads directly to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the word symbol definition for “miracle” is: “An astonishing or welcome event that’s not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore regarded as being the job of a divine agency.” The meaning for “agency” is, “An organization with several parties.”
This can be a perfect example wherein two separate parties, the ego god and its version of the vengeful God, compete for forms within the dualistic illusion as the “divine agency.” For this reason forms don’t need correction but alternatively the mind that perceives this silliness is needing correction. Asking the ego god for magic event (to replace a questionnaire with a form) distorts prayer and the Son forgets who He is. The ego becomes the writer of the Son’s existence and spiritual specialness takes root wherein the Son who’s choosing the ego, competes with God to create himself special to get noticed by God. So long as we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner of the world.
A standard mistake to get noticed here by God is to think that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). Based on the ego, if we’ve a great life, we avoid punishment but there are many versions (forms) of a great life so that’s saturated in judgment. Again, changing forms make error real as it applies judgment this 1 form is much better while condemning another.
There’s no life outside of Heaven. Purpose is in the mind; and our life’s purpose is to master and practice forgiveness if we should be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is approximately content and not form. It is from choosing what’s not of the world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) which can be the actual miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is really a shift in perception and not really a shift in form (illusion).
The Course’s Miracle:
In the Course, the word symbol definition for “miracle” is quite long because of what all magic accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to totally understand the miracle, spending some time and willingness to unlearn the ego version and learn the ACIM version by beginning with Chapter 1: The Meaning of Miracles. Additionally, Kenneth Wapnick has written a book called, “The 50 Miracle Principles of A Course in Miracles.” For the objective of this brief article, it’s sufficient for us to incorporate the following into the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the sole correction as it has no component of judgment at all (T-2.V.A). Wholeness is the perception content of miracles. Thus they correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack (T-1.I.41). Miracles arise from a miraculous state of mind, or state of miracle readiness (T-1.I.43). Miracles are an expression of inner awareness of Christ and acceptance of His Atonement (T-1.I.44).”
The Ego’s Mind:
In the dictionary, the word symbol definition for “mind” is: “The component of a person that allows them to keep yourself informed of these world and their experiences, to consider and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is really a key point which reveals the option being made with the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The capability to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the world real (error real) through the use of judgment this 1 form is preferable to another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the sole correction as it has no component of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How quickly intelligence gets used as a weapon through spiritual specialness to compete with God is astounding. We believe we’re following a Holy Spirit’s guidance when it is really the ego god. For instance, everywhere we use intelligence to control other people’s issues which really is a blame projection. You will find no “other people’s issues” unless we first rely on separation and differences and want to see our repressed guilt in another. Everyone and everything is part of our mind mystical mind training. Further, to claim it’s our job to control or correct other’s issues take specialness to a much more arrogant level of being chosen by God. We are literally saying with your ego that individuals can do the Holy Spirit’s job much better than Him which takes out a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m much better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, probably the most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect is also at fault behind our need to develop a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. Put simply, we’re now saying the Course’s curriculum by Jesus is insufficient and we are able to do better. We try this because we don’t understand the Course’s point that individuals are all unhealed healers attempting to accomplish what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we need the Voice for God. That is another indicate be discussed in another article. Very, very few are right-minded enough to let the Holy Spirit lead the way because most believe they are in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does any one of this imply that we would not want boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In reality, it’s unkind not to own boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control of since it contains such massive arrogance of someone believing they are much better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful because of the total belief in lack.
The Course’s Mind:
In the Course, the word symbol definition for “mind” is, “The activating agent of spirit, supplying its creative energy (C-1.1).” That is broken into, “Right-mindedness which refers to the Holy Spirit, forgives the world, and through Christ’s vision sees actuality in its place (C-1.5); and wrong-mindedness which listens to the ego and makes illusions (C-1.6). Nowadays, the sole remaining freedom is the freedom of preference; always between two choices or two voices (C-1.7).”
As Kenneth Wapnick once said, “Love is quiet and need not make assertions.” The miracle-minded realize that prayer is always to ask to discover ways to forgive first so that true prayer is released back in song. Our goal is usually to be miracle-minded with the actual miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that’s only through choice. The ability of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of the world You are able to choose to see right (T-12.VII.9).