This short 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 experience of dualism takes time to learn and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that people can attempt unlearning-learning process. Correction is only 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 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 constantly until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the thought 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 understand that the point given anything is in your brain from choosing with God or the ego. To take back our decision-making ability is the point 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. 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’t be in conflict on any level for the right-mind itself is conflict-free. There’s a difference between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.
We have no honesty once we use spiritual specialness even as we are saying we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This can be 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 carry on this discussion, let’s start out 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 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 regarded as the job of a divine agency.” The definition for “agency” is, “An organization with several parties.”
This can be a perfect example wherein two separate parties, the ego god and its version of the vengeful God, compete for forms within the dualistic illusion while the “divine agency.” This is the reason forms don’t need correction but rather your brain 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. As long as we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner of the world.
A common mistake for getting noticed here by God is to trust that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). According to the ego, if we have a great life, we avoid punishment but there are many versions (forms) of a great life so that’s saturated in judgment. Again, changing forms make error real because it applies judgment that certain form is better while condemning another.
There’s no life outside of Heaven. Purpose is in your brain; and our life’s purpose is to learn and practice forgiveness when we are to be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is approximately content and not form. It is from choosing what is not of the world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) that is the true miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is a shift in perception and not really a shift in form (illusion).
The Course’s Miracle:
In the Course, the word symbol definition for “miracle” is fairly long due to what all a miracle 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 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 people to include the following to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction because it doesn’t have part 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 word symbol definition for “mind” is: “The part of a person 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 a key point which reveals the choice being created using 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) through the use of judgment that certain form is better than another. If we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction because it doesn’t have part of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How quickly intelligence gets used as a weapon through spiritual specialness to compete with God is astounding. We believe we’re after the Holy Spirit’s guidance if it is really the ego god. For instance, everywhere we use intelligence to handle other people’s issues which really is a blame projection. You will find no “other people’s issues” unless we first believe in separation and differences and want to see our repressed guilt in another. Everyone and everything is part of our mind. Further, to claim it is our job to handle 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 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 absolute most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect is also at fault behind our need to develop 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 can 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, hardly any are right-minded enough to allow Holy Spirit lead just how because most believe they’re in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does some of this imply that we would not need boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In fact, it is unkind not to possess boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control of since it has such massive arrogance of someone believing they’re better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful due to 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 is broken on to, “Right-mindedness which identifies 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). Nowadays, the only 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 do not need to make assertions.” The miracle-minded recognize that prayer is to ask to discover ways to forgive first so that true prayer is released back to song. Our goal will be miracle-minded with the true miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that is only through choice. The ability of decision is the one remaining freedom as a prisoner of the world You are able to opt to see right (T-12.VII.9).