The sweetness and simplicity of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) really shines through certainly one of its major principles: The Law of Cause and Effect. This is different from the Law of Attraction, a topic where so much has been discussing these last few years. ACIM answers not merely why things are the way they are with the mind, but in addition just how to implement these mind corrections needed to alter your life. What it ultimately comes down seriously to is the choice to alter beliefs while staying in this world, or the choice to correct the mind and return home.
Affirmations aren’t part of A Course in Miracles since they are not necessary and here’s why: There is a “wrong” ego mind, and a “right” ego mind, both which remain area of the same ego side of the split mind. Within the ego mind (error), the wrong side is all the negative judgments; and the best side is all the negative judgments attempting to convince you how wonderful it’s to call home here in this negative world. Neither is the truth of your nature nor where you are trying to come back your brain, in accordance with ACIM.
The Law of Cause and Effect is this: Based on the mind you use as cause, you might find the corresponding effect. Ideas do not leave their source: You.
Let’s utilize this example:
Someone is feeling the effects of being “poor,” or lack, in this world and wants to alter their beliefs to now have “rich” (abundance, prosperity, money) show up. Both “poor” and “rich” are judgments of the ego deploying it as cause which can only produce ego effect. Ego as an unstable thought system, everything you choose as “rich” will eventually go and you end up back with “poor.” It’s only a question of “when.”
The ego’s choice system is: (1) one or one other: (2) poor or rich; and, (3) ego or God. It asks you to decide on between two things within the ego illusion and not to decide on from the illusion.
This is in comparison to choosing correction of the mind (forgiveness) where both “poor” and “rich” do not exist. A choice for correction of the mind allows the Holy Spirit Right Mind to be your cause which affects the you in this world; however Acim, it doesn’t have the effects you imagine since the ego cannot relate. It returns a portion of the mind to peace and ends senseless worry over rich and poor. Additionally, it produces effects in your life here but you’ll have to decide on correction to have them.
Let’s look at how ACIM breaks this all on to an easy group of principles predicated on Cause and Effect. It only features a few components and when understood and used, they may be “mind” correcting!
Remember, in accordance with ACIM, the mind is split by the ego’s judgment that people could be separate, also referred to as the “tiny mad idea,” or the error that never occurred. This portion of the mind is just hidden in darkness as it banished itself from Knowledge (Heaven and Oneness) once we forgot to laugh off what couldn’t be true. It didn’t, however, separate.
So in ACIM it’s not about affirmations or changing beliefs, because the mind never left God and still resides at home with Him. You can find no “belief” judgments in Love, Oneness, Heaven and Knowledge as everything is the same, all one, and nothing to believe or judge between.
Instead, it is about changing your internal Teacher or rather, who you are hearing for interpretation of events in this world. The sole change is in the choice between the split mind (error) of the ego or the Holy Spirit Right Mind (correction) as that internal Teacher.
This is where in fact the simplicity is evident in ACIM because there’s no convincing the ego wrong and right mind of another way of thinking. You simply stop trying what you will no longer want. We get it done all the time with ego stuff; and now we just get it done with the ego beliefs themselves.
This says it all: Forgiveness is correction of the mind. In ACIM, there’s nothing to forgive because no error has happened, i.e., no separation happened. What you are doing is just returning your brain to God, where it never left, and to its natural state of peace. To do that is just a choice which side of the split mind to hear for interpretation of events and turning within the judgments you will no longer want to the Holy Spirit Right Mind for correction (forgiveness).
The Holy Spirit is the answer to the separation placed in the mind by God and every answer can there be awaiting you. Atonement, forgiveness, salvation and True Perception are other words which are synonymous. You have to be willing to use the Holy Spirit Right Mind for interpretation of events and do the actual work of giving judgments (beliefs) to the side of the mind, via your choice maker, because you will no longer want them.
It really is that simple and only confusing because of the belief that the only real choice is between ego judgments of “poor” and “rich,” to utilize the earlier example, and not understanding about that third option being available. The decision for True Perception is to decide on neither ego judgment and relinquish both for correction of the mind. It’s this that is takes to come back the mind to God.
ACIM is targeted at your decision maker in the mind. The whole point is that you’ve a choice which side of the mind to hear and use for interpretation. That’s all that ever happened to begin with. It had been a choice to listen, believe and choose judgments of the ego that separation happened and the ensuing sin, guilt and fear. Judgments may be dismissed as easily as you dismiss anything else you do not want since they are not real.
Two things prevent you from relinquishing judgments: (1) your attachment for them to be true and real; and, (2) not acknowledging how you’re feeling keeps them hidden which means you don’t realize they are judgments.
You don’t “feel” in Heaven, Knowledge and Oneness. It is an event shared by One.
The decision maker is the mechanism between the 2 sides of the split mind. It is neutral, an observer and is something you’ve to employ to watch the mind and the judgments being created by the ego. When you realize you’ve used something from the ego error of the wrong or right mind, just be willing to hand them to the answer, or the correction, of the Holy Spirit Right Mind. It takes care of the others because the Atonement or solution is already there. No affirmations are necessary. You’re simply quitting that which you will no longer want. It is, and certainly can, be that easy.
Form and Content:
The past component to understand from A Course in Miracles is form and content. Form is this world and everything in it. In ACIM, form does not matter and is area of the “beliefs” to be turned over. However, you use everything in form, combined with judgments in your mind, because the curriculum of what to show over for correction (forgiveness).
What does matter is content and in ACIM, content is the mind. The mind you are utilizing for interpretation (perception) of men and women, places, and things, etc., counts for everything. You are able to only have one master: (1) the Holy Spirit Right Mind (correction); or, (2) the ego wrong mind (error) and that features both interpretations of the ego mind.
To conclude, think about the simplicity of ACIM which is a Course in training your brain just how to perceive properly. You should return the mind to peace because the Kingdom of God is peace and you can’t start to see the doorway from judgment. You simply see peace in peace and while sharing peace with everyone.
All ACIM says is you’ve the willingness to discover ways to try this, study the ideas and then use it into practice. The help you need will show up; but you, my friend, must do the task of this inward journey back to the mind.
The Law of Cause and Effect is the form, or mind, you are using for interpretation will soon be your effect in this world. It’ll affect you in alternative methods by returning your brain back to back to peace where you eventually start to see the illusion of preference, because no separation occurred, and choose to give it down once and for all.