This informative article begins a series on 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 experience of dualism takes time to understand and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that people can accomplish this unlearning-learning process. Correction is in the mind 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’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 notion of competition. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not because the ego’s agenda is that people don’t understand that the reason given anything is in the mind from choosing with God or the ego. To restore our decision making ability is the idea of the Course.
The ego’s voice, which we mistakenly believe may 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 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 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 have no honesty whenever we use spiritual specialness even as we say we’re more holy, more chosen by God than author of a course in miracles. This can be a defense against the alternative and i will be discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen may be the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To keep this discussion, let’s start out with some word symbol definitions. We will look at both 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 word symbol definition for “miracle” is: “An astonishing or welcome event that’s not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the task of a divine agency.” This is for “agency” is, “An organization with two or more 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.” For this reason forms don’t need correction but alternatively the mind that perceives this silliness is needing 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 author of the Son’s existence and spiritual specialness takes root wherein the Son who’s choosing the ego, competes with God to make himself special to get noticed by God. As long as we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner with this world.
A standard 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 good life, we avoid punishment but there are numerous versions (forms) of a good life so that’s filled with judgment. Again, changing forms make error real since it applies judgment any particular one form is way better while condemning another.
There is no life outside Heaven. Purpose is in the mind; and our life’s purpose is to understand and practice forgiveness if we should be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is about content and not form. It is from choosing what’s not with this world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) that is the true miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is really 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 very long as a result 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 purpose of this brief article, it’s sufficient for all of us to add these in to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the sole correction since it does not have any section of judgment at all (T-2.V.A). Wholeness may 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 enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is really a key point which reveals the choice being made out of the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The ability 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 sole correction since it does not have any 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 if it is really the ego god. Like, everywhere we use intelligence to control other people’s issues which is really a blame projection. There are no “other people’s issues” unless we first believe in 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’s 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 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 absolute most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect can be at fault 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 could do better. We do this because we don’t 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 is another point to be discussed in another article. Very, very few are right-minded enough to allow Holy Spirit lead just how because most believe they are in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does any of this mean that we may not want boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In fact, it’s unkind not to have boundaries when spiritual specialness takes over 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 word 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 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 sole remaining freedom may 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 understand that prayer is to ask to learn how to forgive first so that true prayer is released back into 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 your one remaining freedom as a prisoner with this world You can opt to see right (T-12.VII.9).Business