This article begins a series 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 experience of dualism takes some time to understand and apply. It’s only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that individuals can achieve this unlearning-learning process. Correction is just in your head 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 truly 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 is in competition with God. Since we’re yet, we’re actually competing with everyone all the time until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the thought of competition course in miracles author. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not because the ego’s agenda is that individuals don’t remember that the purpose given anything is in your head from choosing with God or the ego. To get back our decision making ability is the idea of the Course.
The ego’s voice, which we mistakenly believe may be the Holy Spirit, contains no humility nor dependence on God. Rather, it is the voice if you are self-created, i.e., the authority problem. Many 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 not be in conflict on any level for the right-mind itself is conflict-free. There is a difference between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.
We have no honesty once we use spiritual specialness as we assert we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is a defense against the contrary and i will be discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen may be the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To continue this discussion, let’s start out with some word symbol definitions. We will look at the ego definition and the Course’s definition. Only the ego is fully definable because it is limitation itself. Perceived lack through projected forms (illusions) leads right to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the word symbol definition for “miracle” is: “A surprising or welcome event that’s not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.” This is for “agency” is, “An organization with several parties.”
This is a perfect example wherein two separate parties, the ego god and its version of the vengeful God, compete for forms within the dualistic illusion whilst the “divine agency.” This is the reason forms don’t need correction but instead your head that perceives this silliness is needing correction. Asking the ego god for magic event (to replace an application 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 produce himself special to get noticed by God. So long as we don’t understand this, we remain a prisoner of this world.
A typical 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 an excellent life, we avoid punishment but there are numerous versions (forms) of an excellent life so that’s packed with judgment. Again, changing forms make error real as it applies judgment this 1 form is better while condemning another.
There is no life outside of Heaven. Purpose is in your head; and our life’s purpose is to understand and practice forgiveness if we are to be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is about content and not form. It’s from choosing what’s not of this world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) that will be the true miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is just a shift in perception and not just a shift in form (illusion).
The Course’s Miracle:
In the Course, the word symbol definition for “miracle” is very long as a result of what all magic accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to fully 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 guide called, “The 50 Miracle Principles of A Course in Miracles.” For the goal of this brief article, it is sufficient for all of us to include the next to 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 may be the perception content of miracles. Thus they correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack (T-1.I.41). Miracles arise from the 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 an individual that allows them to keep yourself updated of their world and their experiences, to consider and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is just a key point which reveals the decision being made with the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The capacity to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the entire world real (error real) by applying 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 fast 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’s truly the ego god. Like, everywhere we use intelligence to handle other people’s issues which really is a blame projection. You will find no “other people’s issues” unless we first believe in separation and differences and wish to see our repressed guilt in another. Everyone and everything is a part of our mind. Further, to claim it is our job to handle or correct other’s issues take specialness to a far more arrogant level of being chosen by God. We are literally saying with your ego that individuals can perform the Holy Spirit’s job much better than Him which removes a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m much better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, the absolute most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect can also be the culprit behind our need to produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. In other words, we’re now saying the Course’s curriculum by Jesus is insufficient and we could do better. We do this because we don’t understand the Course’s point that individuals are all unhealed healers attempting to do what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we need the Voice for God. This really is another point to be discussed in the next article. Very, very few are right-minded enough to allow the Holy Spirit lead the way because most believe they’re in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does some of this mean that we might not want boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In fact, it is unkind not to own boundaries when spiritual specialness takes over since it has such massive arrogance of someone believing they’re much better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful due to 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).” This really is broken down into, “Right-mindedness which identifies the Holy Spirit, forgives the entire world, and through Christ’s vision sees real life 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 may be 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 would be to ask to learn how to forgive first in order that true prayer is released back to song. Our goal is to be miracle-minded with the true miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that’s only through choice. The energy of decision is the one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world You are able to choose to see right (T-12.VII.9).