This short article begins a series about 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 all the same, we’re actually competing with everyone constantly until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the thought of competition acim teacher. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not because the ego’s agenda is that people don’t understand that the purpose given anything is in your head from choosing with God or the ego. To restore our decision making ability is the purpose of the Course.
The ego’s voice, which we mistakenly believe could be the Holy Spirit, contains no humility nor dependence on God. Rather, it is the voice to be self-created, i.e., the authority problem. Most 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’t 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’ve no honesty whenever we use spiritual specialness once we are saying 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 could be the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To continue this discussion, let’s start 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 word symbol definition for “miracle” is: “A surprising or welcome event that is 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 as 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 magic event (to replace a form 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 have noticed by God. Provided that we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner of the world.
A common 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 a good life, we avoid punishment but you’ll find so many versions (forms) of a good life so that’s full of judgment. Again, changing forms make error real as it applies judgment that certain 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 learn and practice forgiveness if we are to be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is about content and not form. It is from choosing what’s not of the world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) which is the real miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is really 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 quite long due to what all magic accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to totally understand the miracle, spending some time and willingness to unlearn the ego version and learn the ACIM version by starting 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 purpose of this brief article, it is sufficient for us to incorporate the following in to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction as it has no element of judgment at all (T-2.V.A). Wholeness could 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 element 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 really a key point which reveals the option being made out of 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) through the use of judgment that certain form is preferable to another. If we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction as it has no element 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 after the Holy Spirit’s guidance when it is really the ego god. For instance, everywhere we use intelligence to control other people’s issues which really 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 a part of our mind. Further, to claim it is our job to control or correct other’s issues take specialness to an even more arrogant level of being chosen by God. We’re literally saying with our ego that people can perform the Holy Spirit’s job better than Him which removes a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, the most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect can also be the culprit 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 are able to do better. We try this because we do not 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. This really is another point out be discussed in another article. Very, hardly any are right-minded enough to let the Holy Spirit lead just how because most believe they are in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does some of this show that we would not need boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In reality, it is unkind not to possess boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control since it contains such massive arrogance of someone believing they are better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful because of 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 describes the Holy Spirit, forgives the entire world, 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). In this world, the only remaining freedom could be the freedom of choice; always between two choices or two voices (C-1.7).”
As Kenneth Wapnick once said, “Love is quiet and do not need to make assertions.” The miracle-minded realize that prayer is to ask to learn to forgive first to ensure that true prayer is released back in song. Our goal will 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 decide to see right (T-12.VII.9).