This informative article begins a series on which 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 knowledge of dualism takes time to understand and apply. It’s only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that people can achieve this unlearning-learning process. Correction is just in your brain 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 actually 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 all the same, we’re actually competing with everyone all the time until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the idea of competition course in miracles books. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not because the ego’s agenda is that people don’t remember that the purpose given anything is in your brain from choosing with God or the ego. To restore 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 if you are self-created, i.e., the authority problem. Many 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 is a difference between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.
We have no honesty when we use spiritual specialness once we are saying we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is 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 keep this discussion, let’s begin 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 is limitation itself. Perceived lack through projected forms (illusions) leads directly to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the term symbol definition for “miracle” is: “A surprising or welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore regarded as being the task 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 as the “divine agency.” For this reason forms don’t need correction but instead your brain that perceives this silliness is needing correction. Asking the ego god for a miracle event (to replace an application 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’s choosing the ego, competes with God to make himself special to obtain noticed by God. As long as we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner of the world.
A typical mistake for getting noticed here by God is to think that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). According to the ego, if we’ve a good life, we avoid punishment but there are numerous versions (forms) of a good life so that’s full of judgment. Again, changing forms make error real since it applies judgment this one form is better while condemning another.
There is no life outside Heaven. Purpose is in your brain; and our life’s purpose is to understand and practice forgiveness if we are to be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is approximately content and not form. It’s 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 just a shift in perception and not just a shift in form (illusion).
The Course’s Miracle:
In the Course, the term symbol definition for “miracle” is fairly long as a result of what all a miracle accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to fully understand the miracle, spend 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 goal of this brief article, it is sufficient for people to add the next to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction since it has no section 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 term symbol definition for “mind” is: “The section of an individual that permits them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is just a key point which reveals the choice being made out of the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The ability to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the planet real (error real) by making use of judgment this one form is preferable to another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction since it has no section of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How fast intelligence gets used as a weapon through spiritual specialness to contend with God is astounding. We believe we’re following the Holy Spirit’s guidance when it’s actually the ego god. For example, everywhere we use intelligence to control other people’s issues which is a blame projection. There are no “other people’s issues” unless we first rely on separation and differences and wish to see our repressed guilt in another. Everyone and everything is an integral part of our mind. Further, to claim it is our job to control 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 people can perform the Holy Spirit’s job a lot better than Him which takes out a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m a lot better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, the absolute most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect is also to blame behind our need to produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. Quite simply, we are 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 people are unhealed healers attempting to complete what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we want the Voice for God. This is another point to be discussed in the next article. Very, very few are right-minded enough to let the Holy Spirit lead the way because most believe they’re in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does any of this mean that we would not need boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In fact, it is unkind not to own boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control of since it has 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 term symbol definition for “mind” is, “The activating agent of spirit, supplying its creative energy (C-1.1).” This is broken into, “Right-mindedness which describes the Holy Spirit, forgives the planet, 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). These days, the only remaining freedom is the freedom of choice; 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 recognize that prayer is always to ask to discover ways to forgive first to ensure that true prayer is released back to song. Our goal will be miracle-minded with the actual miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that is only through choice. The energy of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of the world You can choose to see right (T-12.VII.9).