Religion lays claim to truth in one of the ways or another. A Course in Miracles is not really a religion and it doesn’t try 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 the meaning of love, for that’s beyond exactly what do be taught. It will aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which will be your natural inheritance.”
To at least one who has been spiritually summoned and is ready to heed the Call, the Course serves being an Answer. To at least one who thinks they found the clear answer they need and yet has not found peace of mind, it offers a ‘better way.’
With “I want do nothing”, as you of its fundamental lessons, ACIM can be an undoing of the mindset that sees no need for a set creed, religious doctrine or even 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 should be a much better way.”
An earnest and humble request for help was found when Helen began to publish what she termed as’an inner dictation’from a Voice she claimed informed her he was “Jesus.” ACIM was the consequence of this inner dialogue; the greater means for which she’d prayed.
She was not a “devil worshipping Atheist” as numerous internet forums or sites suggest. Helen did not claim enlightenment nor did she ever seek credit for scribing of the Course which had already caught on well upon her death shortly after its publication in 1975.
Helen would concur that the Course, though very direct and simple in its message, is not an easy course to pass and she did not consider herself to be the best of students according to Kenneth Wapnick, co editor and friend to Helen. You can read more about her very own struggles and triumphs in her attempts at accepting the message she delivered in “The Absence of Felicity” which Wapnick authored.
Today, ACIM is regarded as a really viable intellectual and emotional framework for helping us to undo false notions which we have accepted as true; in particular, the notions found on earth 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 have to discard the untrue; sifting through our beliefs with honesty using Reason and Open Mindedness as opposed to accepting notions with blind faith such as religion asks us to do. The ‘author’of the Course offers insight and instruction into exactly how to get this done and find the sort 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 only real emotion regardless of love that there is, according to the Course.
HOW PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION
WORK TOGETHER IN ACIM
In the analysis of Psychology, the ego can be an accepted facet of the human condition, albeit often in need of 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 ought to only accept our weakness and pray for strength from a God outside 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 only ‘belief’and like all beliefs, it can be relinquished. To relinquish is always to ‘let go’and is not similar as saying it needs to be destroyed the Course tells us. To destroy something, it must have been ‘real’in the first place; to let go is just to produce oneself from belief in it. In terms of religious concepts, the ego would be the equivalent of the’devil’and is the part of our mind that believes it would die if we acknowledge we’re part of God, being antithetical to God Himself.
Sin and death are major beliefs of the ego to keep us loyal to its’religion’of separation from God. The belief we’re bodies bound to die, as opposed to Spirit eternally safe, keeps us guilty and fearful, both that 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’re born guilty. In ACIM, we’re led to discover that we are and always have been Innocent. We shall see no use for a human body used by a guilty ego when we are willing to just accept this truth whole-heartedly. As the Course says, ‘This Course should be believed in its entirety or not all.” It may take many perceived lifetimes of several 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 sole intent behind expressing the message of the Holy Spirit; our Link to God.
The Metaphysics of “A Course in Miracles”
a course in miracles is the corrected message of Jesus expressed through the language of Helen. In line with the Course, ‘Jesus’lives away from realm of time. This is because he sees only a Forgiven World which is a world without need of time by which to put on the self or others to days gone by or condemn them to the next such as the past. The goal of the Course is to bring 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, according to Jesus of the Course. In the Course, we learn that forgiveness is the way in which by which we finally arrived at realize that our innocence is equally and unequivocally true throughout the board of mankind; if we learn how to forgive and each is forgiven, what else but Innocence can there be to see?
In Christianity, it is considered as you person accepting the sins of the other without condoning them, thus still seeing themselves for some reason more advanced than the offender to whom they’ve granted forgiveness.
The main reason that the Course is 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 with each other? 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 a good example of the power of Jesus (a healed mind) to negate the results of a person’s perceived ‘sins’by never having accepted them as real in the very first place! These were ‘fore’given before their effect was viewed as a reality in the physical world. This is often considered as a metaphysical (outside the physical) state of mind affecting the physical; physical always being an aftereffect of Mind. Jesus lived away from realm of amount of time in a healed and whole Mind where judgment is impossible. Time is a required element of judgment. His reaching into time with a classic Spiritual message is the ‘miracle’of the Course; our listening and actually abiding in his Unconditional Love is a different one, no less valued.
With this knowledge of forgiveness, we see how we could do as Jesus tells us to do; to show 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 the other cheek.” We show our brother how he has helped us see the truth of our Divine nature by offering him forgiveness always and in all-ways. It’s in his forgiven state of mind reflected back again to us by which we see witness to our personal Inner Spark.
The East and West Meet in ACIM
Hinduism, which will be probably the most similar thought system to that presented in the Course, names this Inner Spark the ‘seat of the soul’and when reached, really the only emotion expressed or felt, is certainly one of pure Joy. This seat of the soul are at the core of the Self and is unveiled by the removal of karmic scars by our corrected actions in exactly the 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 is our shared Purpose to awaken the memory of this Spark through forgiveness.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOUR SELF
We ought to love our neighbor as our self, not because we’re held to the standard as a way of measuring our contrite heart or worthiness but when he should be forgiven for us to appreciate that we are forgiven! In our brother’s realization of his innocence due to the forgiveness of him, are we saved. And inside our salvation is the planet redeemed! It’s redeemed because the planet we will see is the Forgiven World outside of the realm of time. None are not worthy and each is contrite of heart who would like to forgive and be forgiven; to love and be loved, regardless of the past or an imposed threat of the future in the Forgiven World.
It’s highly unlikely we shall waken tomorrow Enlightened by our Innocence! But it is not unlikely that we can wake tomorrow planning to be and we could make a step forward in Awakening to the Joyous nature.
Being quite a while Course student and seeker, I can attest to the fact even this small increment of change is a profoundly better state of mind than the one preceding it….imagine the Joy of the Enlightened Mind~!