This short article begins a series 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 time to learn and apply. It’s only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can achieve this 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 truly 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’s in competition with God. Since we’re 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 we don’t remember that the point given anything is in your head from choosing with God or the ego. To take back 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’s the voice for being 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 cannot 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 assert we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is a defense against the contrary 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 keep this discussion, let’s begin 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’s limitation itself. Perceived lack through projected forms (illusions) leads right to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the term symbol definition for “miracle” is: “A surprising or welcome event that’s not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore regarded as being the job of a divine agency.” The definition for “agency” is, “An organization with two or more 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 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 is choosing the ego, competes with God to produce himself special to have noticed by God. As long as we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner with this world.
A standard mistake to get noticed here by God is to trust that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). Based on the ego, if we’ve an excellent life, we avoid punishment but there are many versions (forms) of an excellent life so that’s high in judgment. Again, changing forms make error real as it applies judgment this 1 form is much better while condemning another.
There’s no life outside 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 about content and not form. It’s from choosing what’s not with this world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) which is the true 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 term symbol definition for “miracle” is quite long as a result of what all a miracle accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to completely 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 guide called, “The 50 Miracle Principles of A Course in Miracles.” For the purpose of this brief article, it’s sufficient for us to include the following in to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction as 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 term symbol definition for “mind” is: “The part of a person that enables them to keep yourself updated of these world and their experiences, to believe and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is really a key point which reveals the option 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 applying judgment this 1 form is better than another. If we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction as it doesn’t have part of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How quickly 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 if it is truly the ego god. Like, everywhere we use intelligence to manage other people’s issues which really is a blame projection. You will find 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 part of our mind. Further, to claim it’s our job to manage or correct other’s issues take specialness to an even more arrogant level to be chosen by God. We’re literally saying with this ego that we can perform the Holy Spirit’s job better than Him which takes out 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 produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. In other words, we are now saying the Course’s curriculum by Jesus is insufficient and we are able to do better. We do this because we don’t understand the Course’s point that we are typical unhealed healers attempting to do what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we want the Voice for God. This is another point to be discussed in another article. Very, not many 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 signify we may not need boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In fact, it’s unkind not to own boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control of since it contains such massive arrogance of someone believing they’re 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 identifies 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 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 do not need to make assertions.” The miracle-minded understand that prayer is always to ask to learn how 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’s only through choice. The ability of decision can be your one remaining freedom as a prisoner with this world You are able to opt to see right (T-12.VII.9).