This short article begins a set on which 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 does take time to learn and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that people can accomplish this unlearning-learning process. Correction is just 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 truly 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’s in competition with God. Since we’re the same, we’re actually competing with everyone constantly until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the thought of competition. 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 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’s the voice if you are 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 not 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 whenever we use spiritual specialness even as we assert we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is a defense against the opposite and we will be discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen may 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 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 phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is: “An astonishing or welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the job of a divine agency.” This is 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 alternatively your brain 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 is choosing the ego, competes with God to create himself special to have noticed by God. Provided that we don’t understand this, we remain a prisoner of the 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.). Based on the ego, if we have a good life, we avoid punishment but there are many versions (forms) of a good life so that’s saturated in judgment. Again, changing forms make error real since 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 if we should be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is approximately content and not form. It is from choosing what’s not of the world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) which can be the actual 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 phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is fairly long as a result of what all magic accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to completely understand the miracle, spend 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’s sufficient for people to add the following to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction since it has no 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 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 phrase symbol definition for “mind” is: “The section of an individual that permits them to be aware of their 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 with the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The capacity to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the entire world real (error real) by applying judgment that certain form surpasses another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction since it has no section of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How quickly intelligence gets used as a system through spiritual specialness to compete with God is astounding. We believe we’re following the Holy Spirit’s guidance if it is truly the ego god. For example, everywhere we use intelligence to manage other people’s issues which really is a blame projection. You can 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 a part of our mind. Further acim apple podcast, to claim it’s our job to manage or correct other’s issues take specialness to a much more arrogant level of being chosen by God. We are literally saying with your ego that people can perform 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 most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect is also at fault behind our need to produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. In other words, we’re now saying the Course’s curriculum by Jesus is insufficient and we can do better. We do this because we do not understand the Course’s point that people are unhealed healers attempting to do what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we want the Voice for God. This really is another point to be discussed in the next article. Very, not many are right-minded enough to allow the Holy Spirit lead the way because most believe they’re in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does some of this imply that we might not need boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In reality, it’s unkind not to possess boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control since it has 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 phrase symbol definition for “mind” is, “The activating agent of spirit, supplying its creative energy (C-1.1).” This really is broken into, “Right-mindedness which describes the Holy Spirit, forgives the entire world, and through Christ’s vision sees real life 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 may be the freedom of choice; always between two choices or two voices (C-1.7).”
As Kenneth Wapnick once said, “Love is quiet and will not need to make assertions.” The miracle-minded recognize that prayer would be to ask to learn how to forgive first to ensure that true prayer is released back in song. Our goal is usually to be miracle-minded with the actual miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that is only through choice. The ability of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of the world You can opt to see right (T-12.VII.9).