This short article begins a string on what A Course in Miracles (ACIM) means when it speaks of the “miracle” and the “mind.” Many students can cite definitions from the Course, understanding the non-dualistic meaning within the experience of dualism takes some time to learn and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that people can make this happen 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 really the ego, forgiveness-to-destroy and spiritual specialness. The ego speaks first and the loudest. Love is quiet; and love is expressed these days 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 notion of competition a course in miracles. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not because the ego’s agenda is that people don’t remember that the point given anything is in your head from choosing with God or the ego. To take back our decision making ability is the idea of the Course.
The ego’s voice, which we mistakenly believe is the Holy Spirit, contains no humility nor dependence on God. Rather, it is the voice for being self-created, i.e., the authority problem. All of us have confusion regarding mcdougal 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’s a distinction between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.
We have no honesty when we use spiritual specialness once we say we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is a defense against the alternative and we are discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen is the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To keep this discussion, let’s begin 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 directly to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is: “An astonishing or welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore regarded as the work of a divine agency.” The meaning 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 because the “divine agency.” This is the reason forms don’t need correction but alternatively your head that perceives this silliness is in need of correction. Asking the ego god for a miracle event (to replace a form with a form) distorts prayer and the Son forgets who He is. The ego becomes mcdougal of the Son’s existence and spiritual specialness takes root wherein the Son who is choosing the ego, competes with God to make himself special to have noticed by God. Provided that we don’t understand this, we remain a prisoner of the world.
A common mistake for getting noticed here by God is to believe that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). Based on the ego, if we have a great life, we avoid punishment but there are many versions (forms) of a great life so that’s filled with judgment. Again, changing forms make error real since it applies judgment any particular one form is much better while condemning another.
There’s no life beyond Heaven. Purpose is in your head; and our life’s purpose is to learn and practice forgiveness if we are to 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 will be the real miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is a shift in perception and not just a shift in form (illusion).
The Course’s Miracle:
In the Course, the phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is very long because of what all a miracle 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 book called, “The 50 Miracle Principles of A Course in Miracles.” For the purpose of this brief article, it is sufficient for all of us to include these in to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the sole correction since it doesn’t have 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 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 phrase 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 a key point which reveals the decision being made out of the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The capability to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the planet real (error real) by making use of judgment any particular one form is better than another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the sole correction since it doesn’t have 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 the Holy Spirit’s guidance if it is really the ego god. For example, everywhere we use intelligence to handle other people’s issues which is really 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 a part of our mind. Further, to claim it is our job to handle or correct other’s issues take specialness to a much more arrogant level to be chosen by God. We’re literally saying with our ego that people can do the Holy Spirit’s job a lot better than Him which removes a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m a lot better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, the most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect can also be to blame 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 can do better. We try this because we don’t understand the Course’s point that people are typical unhealed healers attempting to complete what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we truly need the Voice for God. That is another indicate be discussed in another article. Very, hardly any are right-minded enough to allow the Holy Spirit lead the way in which because most believe they’re 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 is unkind not to possess boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control of since it includes such massive arrogance of someone believing they’re a lot better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful because of the total belief in lack.
The Course’s Mind:
In the Course, the phrase symbol definition for “mind” is, “The activating agent of spirit, supplying its creative energy (C-1.1).” That is broken down into, “Right-mindedness which refers to the Holy Spirit, forgives the planet, and through Christ’s vision sees the real world in its place (C-1.5); and wrong-mindedness which listens to the ego and makes illusions (C-1.6). In this world, 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 will not need to make assertions.” The miracle-minded realize that prayer would be to ask to learn to forgive first in order that true prayer is released back to song. Our goal is usually to be miracle-minded with the real miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that is only through choice. The power 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).