This informative article begins a set 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 knowledge of dualism takes some time to understand and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that individuals 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 really the ego, forgiveness-to-destroy and spiritual specialness. The ego speaks first and the loudest. Love is quiet; and love is expressed nowadays 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 thought of competition. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not since the ego’s agenda is that individuals 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 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. Most 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’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 even as we assert we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is a defense against the opposite and we 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 start out with some word symbol definitions. We shall 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 directly to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is: “An astonishing or welcome event that’s not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore regarded as 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 whilst the “divine agency.” This is why forms don’t need correction but instead your brain 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 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. So long as we don’t understand this, we remain a prisoner of the world.
A typical 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 an excellent life, we avoid punishment but there are many versions (forms) of an excellent life so that’s full of judgment. Again, changing forms make error real since it applies judgment that certain form is way better while condemning another.
There is no life beyond Heaven. Purpose is in your brain; and our life’s purpose is to understand 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 the world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) which can be the true 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 phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is very long because of what all magic 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 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 incorporate the following to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction since it does not have any component 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 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 phrase symbol definition for “mind” is: “The component of a person that permits them to be aware of their world and their experiences, to consider and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is just a key point which reveals the decision being made with 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 that certain form is better than another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction since it does not have any component of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How quickly 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 really the ego god. For instance, everywhere we use intelligence to control other people’s issues which is really a blame projection acim author. There are 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 control or correct other’s issues take specialness to an even more arrogant level of being chosen by God. We are literally saying with this ego that individuals 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 most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect can be at fault behind our need to produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. Quite 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 individuals are unhealed healers attempting to complete what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we need the Voice for God. This really is another point to be discussed in the next article. Very, very few 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 any one of this mean that we might not need boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In reality, it is unkind not to have boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control since it includes such massive arrogance of someone believing they are a lot better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful due to 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).” This really is broken into, “Right-mindedness which describes 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 only real remaining freedom could be the freedom of preference; always between two choices or two voices (C-1.7).”
As Kenneth Wapnick once said, “Love is quiet and need not make assertions.” The miracle-minded recognize that prayer would be to ask to discover ways to forgive first in order that true prayer is released back in song. Our goal will be miracle-minded with the true miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that’s only through choice. The ability of decision can be your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of the world You are able to choose to see right (T-12.VII.9).