This informative 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 individuals can make this happen unlearning-learning process. Correction is in your head 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’s in competition with God. Since we’re yet, 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 individuals don’t remember that the point given anything is in your head from choosing with God or the ego. To take back our decision making ability is the purpose of the Course.
The ego’s voice, which we mistakenly believe could 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 writer 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 once we use spiritual specialness once we say we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is a defense against the alternative and we are discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen could be the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To continue this discussion, let’s begin with some word symbol definitions. We will look at 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’s not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the task 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.” This is the reason forms don’t need correction but instead your head that perceives this silliness is in need of correction. Asking the ego god for magic event (to replace a questionnaire with a form) distorts prayer and the Son forgets who He is. The ego becomes the writer 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. As long as we don’t understand this, we remain a prisoner of the world.
A standard mistake for getting noticed here by God is to believe that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). According to the ego, if we have a good life, we avoid punishment but there are numerous versions (forms) of a good life so that’s full of judgment. Again, changing forms make error real as it applies judgment that one form is way better while condemning another.
There’s no life outside of Heaven. Purpose is in your head; and our life’s purpose is to learn and practice forgiveness if we can be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace a course in miracles book, is about content and not form. It is from choosing what’s not of the world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) that is the actual miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is just a shift in perception and not really a shift in form (illusion).
The Course’s Miracle:
In the Course, the phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is very long because of what all magic accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to fully understand the miracle, spending 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 objective of this brief article, it’s sufficient for us to add the next in to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the sole correction as it doesn’t have element of judgment at all (T-2.V.A). Wholeness could 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 phrase symbol definition for “mind” is: “The element of an individual that allows them to keep yourself informed of these world and their experiences, to believe and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is just a key point which reveals the decision 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) through the use of judgment that one form is preferable to another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the sole correction as it doesn’t have element of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How fast intelligence gets used as a tool through spiritual specialness to contend with God is astounding. We believe we’re following a Holy Spirit’s guidance if it is really 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 an integral part of our mind. Further, to claim it’s our job to manage or correct other’s issues take specialness to a much more arrogant level to be chosen by God. We’re literally saying with your ego that individuals 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 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’re now saying the Course’s curriculum by Jesus is insufficient and we could do better. We try this because we do not understand the Course’s point that individuals are all unhealed healers attempting to do what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we need the Voice for God. This is another point to be discussed in a future article. Very, very few are right-minded enough to allow the Holy Spirit lead the way because most believe they are in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does some of this show that we may not require boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. Actually, it’s unkind not to have boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control since it contains such massive arrogance of someone believing they are much better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful due to the total belief in lack.Read More