The beauty and simplicity of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) really shines through among its major principles: The Law of Cause and Effect. That is distinctive from the Law of Attraction, an interest on which so much has been discussing these last few years. ACIM answers not only why things are the way they are with the mind, but also how exactly to implement these mind corrections needed to improve your life. What it ultimately comes down seriously to is the option to improve beliefs while staying in this world, or the option to fix 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 a course in miracles lessons, and a “right” ego mind, both which continue to be 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 wanting to convince you how wonderful it is to live within this negative world. Neither is the facts of your nature nor where you are trying to return the mind, based on ACIM.
The Law of Cause and Effect is this: Based on the actually use as cause, you will dsicover the corresponding effect. Ideas do not leave their source: You.
Let’s make use of this example:
Someone is feeling the results of being “poor,” or lack, in this world and wants to improve their beliefs to will have “rich” (abundance, prosperity, money) show up. Both “poor” and “rich” are judgments of the ego utilizing it as cause which can only produce ego effect. Ego as an unstable thought system, that which you choose as “rich” will eventually go and you wind up back with “poor.” It’s just a question of “when.”
The ego’s choice system is: (1) one or another: (2) poor or rich; and, (3) ego or God. It asks you to decide on between a few things within the ego illusion and not to decide on out from the illusion.
That is in contrast to choosing correction of the mind (forgiveness) where both “poor” and “rich” do not exist. An option for correction of the mind allows the Holy Spirit Right Mind to be your cause which affects the you in this world; however, it doesn’t have the results you imagine because the ego cannot relate. It returns a part of the mind to peace and ends senseless worry over rich and poor. Additionally, it produces effects in your lifetime here but you will have to decide on correction to experience them.
Let’s look at how ACIM breaks this all on to a simple group of principles centered on Cause and Effect. It only features a few components and when understood and used, they may be “mind” correcting!
Remember, based on ACIM, the mind is split by the ego’s judgment that we could possibly be separate, also referred to as the “tiny mad idea,” or the error that never occurred. This part of the mind is just hidden in darkness as it banished itself from Knowledge (Heaven and Oneness) when we forgot to laugh off what couldn’t be true. It didn’t, however, separate.
So in ACIM it is not about affirmations or changing beliefs, because the mind never left God and still resides aware of 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 all about changing your internal Teacher or rather, who you’re listening to for interpretation of events in this world. The only change is in the option involving the split mind (error) of the ego or the Holy Spirit Right Mind (correction) as that internal Teacher.
That is where in fact the simplicity of use is evident in ACIM because there’s no convincing the ego wrong and right mind of another way of thinking. You simply quit what you will no longer want. We do it all the time with ego stuff; and now we only do it 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 the mind to God, where it never left, and to its natural state of peace. To achieve 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 put into the mind by God and every answer will there be awaiting you. Atonement, forgiveness, salvation and True Perception are other words that are synonymous. You have to be prepared 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 due to the belief that the only real choice is between ego judgments of “poor” and “rich,” to utilize the sooner example, and not understanding about any of it third option being available. The choice 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 return the mind to God.
ACIM is directed at your decision maker in the mind. The whole point is that you have 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 whatever else you do not want because they’re not real.
Two things prevent you from relinquishing judgments: (1) your attachment in their mind to be true and real; and, (2) not acknowledging how you’re feeling keeps them hidden so you don’t realize they are judgments.
You don’t “feel” in Heaven, Knowledge and Oneness. It’s an event shared by One.
The decision maker may be the mechanism between both sides of the split mind. It’s neutral, an observer and is something you have to employ to watch the mind and the judgments being produced by the ego. Once you realize you have used something from the ego error of the wrong or right mind, just be prepared to hand them to the answer, or the correction, of the Holy Spirit Right Mind. It manages the remainder because the Atonement or solution is there. No affirmations are necessary. You’re simply quitting whatever you will no longer want. It’s, and certainly can, be that easy.
Form and Content:
The past component to know 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 employ everything in form, combined with judgments in your thoughts, because the curriculum of what to turn over for correction (forgiveness).
What does matter is content and in ACIM, content may be the mind. The actually are employing for interpretation (perception) of individuals, places, and things, etc., counts for everything. You can only have one master: (1) the Holy Spirit Right Mind (correction); or, (2) the ego wrong mind (error) and which includes both interpretations of the ego mind.
In conclusion, think about the simplicity of ACIM which really is a Course in training the mind how exactly to perceive properly. You need to return the mind to peace as the Kingdom of God is peace and you can’t see the doorway from judgment. You simply see peace in peace and while sharing peace with everyone.
All ACIM says is you have the willingness to discover ways to try this, study the ideas and then put it into practice. The help you need will appear; nevertheless, you, my friend, need to do the work of this inward journey back into the mind.
The Law of Cause and Effect is the proper execution, or mind, you’re using for interpretation will undoubtedly be your effect in this world. It’ll affect you in different ways by returning the mind back to back to peace where you eventually see the illusion of preference, because no separation occurred, and choose to give it up once and for all.