This article begins a series about what A Course in Miracles (ACIM) means when it speaks of the “miracle” and the “mind.” Some students can cite definitions from the Course, understanding the non-dualistic meaning within the knowledge of dualism takes time to learn and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can accomplish this unlearning-learning process. Correction is 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 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 yet, we’re actually competing with everyone all the time until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the notion of competition course in miracles author. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not as the ego’s agenda is that we don’t understand that the reason 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 if you are self-created, i.e., the authority problem. Many of us have confusion regarding the author of our existence (ego or God) and the difference between form (illusion) and content (mind where correction take place). To be miracle-minded, we cannot 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’ve no honesty whenever we use spiritual specialness as we assert 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 could be the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To continue this discussion, let’s begin with some word symbol definitions. We will look at both 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 right to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the word symbol definition for “miracle” is: “A surprising or welcome event that’s not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be 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 since the “divine agency.” This is why forms don’t need correction but instead your head that perceives this silliness is needing correction. Asking the ego god for magic event (to replace a questionnaire with a form) distorts prayer and the Son forgets who He is. The ego becomes the author of the Son’s existence and spiritual specialness takes root wherein the Son who is choosing the ego, competes with God to produce himself special to obtain noticed by God. So long as we don’t understand this, we remain a prisoner of this world.
A common mistake so you can get noticed here by God is to believe that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). In line with the ego, if we’ve a great life, we avoid punishment but there are numerous versions (forms) of a great life so that’s packed 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 when we can be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is approximately content and not form. It is from choosing what’s not of this world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) which will be the true 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 word symbol definition for “miracle” is fairly long because of 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 objective of this brief article, it is sufficient for us to include these into the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction since it doesn’t have section 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 section of a person that allows them to keep yourself informed of their world and their experiences, to believe and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is a key point which reveals the decision being made with the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The capability to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the entire world real (error real) by applying judgment any particular one form is preferable to another. If we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction since it doesn’t have section of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How fast intelligence gets used as a system through spiritual specialness to contend with God is astounding. We believe we’re after the Holy Spirit’s guidance when it’s really the ego god. For example, everywhere we use intelligence to manage other people’s issues which is really a blame projection. You can find no “other people’s issues” unless we first rely on separation and differences and desire 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 manage or correct other’s issues take specialness to a far more arrogant level to be chosen by God. We’re literally saying with this ego that we can perform the Holy Spirit’s job much better than Him which removes a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m much better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, probably the most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect can also be the culprit behind our need to produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. In other words, we’re now saying the Course’s curriculum by Jesus is insufficient and we are able to do better. We do this because we do not understand the Course’s point that we are all unhealed healers attempting to accomplish what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we need the Voice for God. This really is another indicate be discussed in a future article. Very, very few are right-minded enough to allow the Holy Spirit lead the way because most believe they’re in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does some of this show that we might not need boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In reality, it is unkind not to own boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control of since it includes such massive arrogance of someone believing they’re much 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 real life 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 real 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 will not need to make assertions.” The miracle-minded understand that prayer would be to ask to discover ways to forgive first in order that true prayer is released back to song. Our goal is to be miracle-minded with the true miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that’s only through choice. The power of decision is the one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world You are able to opt to see right (T-12.VII.9).