This 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 does take time to understand and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that individuals can make this happen unlearning-learning process. Correction is only 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 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 all the time until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the notion of competition a course in miracles author. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not as the ego’s agenda is that individuals don’t remember that the purpose given anything is in the mind 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 may 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 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’s a difference between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.
We have no honesty when we use spiritual specialness as we are saying we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is a defense against the contrary 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 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 right to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the term symbol definition for “miracle” is: “A surprising or welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore regarded as being the work of a divine agency.” The meaning 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 whilst the “divine agency.” For this reason forms don’t need correction but rather the mind that perceives this silliness is in need of correction. Asking the ego god for a miracle event (to replace a questionnaire 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 is choosing the ego, competes with God to make himself special to get noticed by God. Provided that we don’t understand this, we remain a prisoner of the world.
A common mistake to get noticed here by God is to think that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). In line with the ego, if we’ve a great life, we avoid punishment but you’ll find so many versions (forms) of a great life so that’s filled with judgment. Again, changing forms make error real as it applies judgment this 1 form is much better while condemning another.
There’s no life beyond 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 all about content and not form. It is from choosing what’s not of the world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) that will be 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 term symbol definition for “miracle” is quite long as a result of what all a miracle accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to fully understand the miracle, spend 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 all of us to incorporate these into the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction as it doesn’t have component 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 term symbol definition for “mind” is: “The component of an individual that permits them to keep yourself updated of these world and their experiences, to consider and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is a key point which reveals the option being made with the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The capacity to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the planet real (error real) by making use of judgment this 1 form surpasses another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction as it doesn’t have component of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How fast intelligence gets used as a weapon through spiritual specialness to compete with God is astounding. We believe we’re following a Holy Spirit’s guidance when it is really the ego god. As an example, everywhere we use intelligence to manage other people’s issues which is really a blame projection. You can find no “other people’s issues” unless we first rely on 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 is our job to manage or correct other’s issues take specialness to a far more arrogant level of being chosen by God. We are literally saying with this ego that individuals may do the Holy Spirit’s job much better than Him which takes out a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m much better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, the absolute most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect is also to blame behind our need to develop a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. Put simply, we are 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 all unhealed healers attempting to accomplish what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we need the Voice for God. That is another point out be discussed in a future 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 any one of this signify we would not want boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. Actually, it is unkind not to have boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control of since it contains such massive arrogance of someone believing they’re much better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful due to 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).” That is broken down 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). In this world, the only 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 recognize that prayer would be to ask to learn to forgive first so that true prayer is released back to song. Our goal is usually to be miracle-minded with the true miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that is only through choice. The power of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of the world You can choose to see right (T-12.VII.9).