Religion lays claim to truth in one way or another. A Course in Miracles is not just a religion and it doesn’t attempt to dole out predictions of truth such as a deck of tarot cards. It’s as its goal the changing of one’s mind allow us to identify truth as it pertains knocking.
From the introduction of ACIM, “The course does not aim at teaching this is of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It will aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which will be your natural inheritance.”
To 1 who has been spiritually summoned and is ready to heed the Call, the Course serves being an Answer. To 1 who thinks they found the solution they want and yet has not found peace of mind, it provides a ‘better way.’
With “I want do nothing”, as you of its fundamental lessons, ACIM is definitely an undoing of the mindset that sees no importance of a set creed, religious doctrine or perhaps a preacher to awaken us to the Peace of Mind entitled to God’s beloved Son ~ You.
WHO WROTE A COURSE IN MIRACLES?
The scribing of ACIM began the 1960’s when Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford, both Psychologists and colleagues at Columbia University in New York, shrugged their shoulders in resignation at their often stormy relationship and agreed, “There must be a better way.”
A serious and humble request for help was found when Helen began to write what she termed as’an interior dictation’from the Voice she claimed shared with her that he was “Jesus.” ACIM was the result of this inner dialogue; the higher method for which she had prayed.
She was not a “devil worshipping Atheist” as many internet forums or sites suggest. Helen didn’t claim enlightenment nor did she ever seek credit for scribing of the Course which had already caught on well upon her death shortly as a result of its publication in 1975.
Helen would agree that the Course, though very direct and simple in its message, is no easy course to pass and she didn’t consider herself to be the most effective of students in accordance with Kenneth Wapnick, co editor and friend to Helen. You are able to learn more about her own struggles and triumphs in her attempts at accepting the message she delivered in “The Lack of Felicity” which Wapnick authored.
Today, ACIM is regarded as an extremely viable intellectual and emotional framework for helping us to undo false notions which we’ve accepted as true; in particular, the notions found on the planet of psychology and religion which unwittingly affect how we feel every day and how we treat one another.
Its premise is that to obtain the truth in virtually any situation, we’ve to discard the untrue; sifting through our beliefs with honesty using Reason and Open Mindedness rather than accepting notions with blind faith such as for instance religion asks us to do. The ‘author’of the Course offers insight and instruction into so how to get this done and find the type of lasting Faith which will be impervious to the perceived belief or non belief of an undisciplined mind, easily blown about by the whims of emotion; namely fear, the sole emotion apart from love that there surely is, according to the Course.
HOW PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION
WORK TOGETHER IN ACIM
In the analysis of Psychology, the ego is definitely an accepted facet of the human condition, albeit often needing healing and correction. In the practice of religion, we learn that we are not capable of experiencing the Perfect Peace of God’s Son; we must only accept our weakness and pray for strength from the God beyond our mind and heart.
ACIM isn’t written in purely psychological jargon nor does it use purely religious concepts but uses both to identify the ego as only part of who we think we are. It uses psychology to greatly help us see that this ego is a mere ‘belief’and like all beliefs, it can be relinquished. To relinquish is always to ‘let it go’and is not the same as saying it needs to be destroyed the Course tells us. To destroy something, it will need to have been ‘real’in the first place; to let it go is merely release a oneself from belief in it. When it comes to religious concepts, the ego will be the equivalent of the’devil’and could be the part of our mind that believes it’d die if we acknowledge we are part of God, being antithetical to God Himself.
Sin and death are major beliefs of the ego to help keep us loyal to its’religion’of separation from God. The belief we are bodies bound to die, rather than Spirit eternally safe, keeps us guilty and fearful, both which obscure our awareness of Love’s presence inside our mind which when remembered would obliterate all fear.
Believe in Innocence Entirely….or Not at All
Christianity teaches us we are born guilty. In ACIM, we are led to discover that we are and always have now been Innocent. We shall see no use for a human body utilized by a guilty ego when we are willing to simply accept this truth whole-heartedly. Since the Course says, ‘This Course must certanly be believed in its entirety or not all.” It might take many perceived lifetimes of numerous bodies to achieve this absolute understanding or normally it takes one moment of true understanding to relinquish belief in ego and utilize the body for the only purpose of expressing the message of the Holy Spirit; our Link to God.
The Metaphysics of “A Course in Miracles”
a course in miracles could be the corrected message of Jesus expressed through the words of Helen. In line with the Course, ‘Jesus’lives beyond your realm of time. This is because he sees merely a Forgiven World which is really a world without need of time where to put on the self or others to the past or condemn them to another such as the past. The goal of the Course is to create us to the recognition of the forgiven world inside our mind, in the Present Moment, changing our view of life NOW.
Forgiveness, the’way’of Jesus has been sorely misunderstood and misused by the Christian religion in particular, in accordance with Jesus of the Course. In the Course, we learn that forgiveness is just how where we finally arrived at understand that our innocence is equally and unequivocally true throughout the board of mankind; if we learn how to forgive and all are forgiven, what else but Innocence is there to see?
In Christianity, it’s thought of as you person accepting the sins of one other whilst not condoning them, thus still seeing themselves in some way superior to the offender to whom they have granted forgiveness.
The reason that the Course is just a’better way’is founded in the premise that when the Course’s forgiveness is practiced by all, the undoing of the ego’s mindset would miraculously stop all conflict in a healed and Whole mind; a Mind then at Peace with itself and therefore with the world. What reason could the innocent and peaceful children of God find to justify anger, not as grounds to war together? Who’s not eternally Joyful that has found the Voice for God within his Sacred Self?
The ‘miracles’of healing which were spoken of in the New Testament were an example of the capability of Jesus (a healed mind) to negate the results of a person’s perceived ‘sins’by never having accepted them as real in the initial place! They were ‘fore’given before their effect was regarded as a fact in the physical world. This is often thought of as a metaphysical (outside the physical) state of mind affecting the physical; physical always becoming an aftereffect of Mind. Jesus lived beyond your realm of amount of time in a healed and whole Mind where judgment is impossible. Time is an essential part of judgment. His reaching into time with a timeless Spiritual message could be the ‘miracle’of the Course; our listening and actually abiding in his Unconditional Love is another, no less valued.
With this specific knowledge of forgiveness, we see how we could do as Jesus tells us to complete; to instruct our brother he’s Innocent by not allowing him to consider he’s capable of hurting us. This is what he really meant by his command to “turn one other cheek.” We show our brother how he has helped us see the reality of our Divine nature by offering him forgiveness always and in all-ways. It is in his forgiven state of mind reflected back again to us by which we see witness to our own Inner Spark.
The East and West Meet in ACIM
Hinduism, which will be the most similar thought system compared to that presented in the Course, names this Inner Spark the ‘seat of the soul’and when reached, the sole emotion expressed or felt, is certainly one of pure Joy. This seat of the soul is at the core of the Self and is unveiled by the removal of karmic scars by our corrected actions in the exact same way the Course implies that forgiveness is capable of un-doing our actions by thought, to reveal the Sacred Self. In both ideologies, though expressed slightly differently, it’s our shared Purpose to awaken the memory with this Spark through forgiveness.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOUR SELF
We must love our neighbor as our self, not because we are held to this standard as a measure of our contrite heart or worthiness but while he must certanly be forgiven for people to realize that we are forgiven! In our brother’s realization of his innocence due to your forgiveness of him, are we saved. And inside our salvation is the world redeemed! It is redeemed because the world we will see could be the Forgiven World outside of the realm of time. None are not worthy and all are contrite of heart who wish to forgive and be forgiven; to love and be loved, whatever the past or an imposed threat for the future in the Forgiven World.
It is highly unlikely we shall waken tomorrow Enlightened by our Innocence! But it’s not unlikely that we can wake tomorrow planning to be and we could make a step forward in Awakening to your Joyous nature.
Being a long time Course student and seeker, I will attest to the fact even this small increment of change is just a profoundly better state of mind compared to the one preceding it….imagine the Joy of the Enlightened Mind~!