Religion lays claim to truth in one of the ways or another. A Course in Miracles is not just a religion and it doesn’t attempt to dole out predictions of truth like a deck of tarot cards. It has as its goal the changing of your respective mind to enable us to identify truth in regards knocking.
From the introduction of ACIM, “The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond exactly what do be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance.”
To one who has been spiritually summoned and is prepared to heed the Call, the Course serves as an Answer. To one who thinks they found the clear answer they want and yet hasn’t found peace of mind, it provides a ‘better way.’
With “I want do nothing”, as one of its fundamental lessons, ACIM is definitely an undoing of the mindset that sees no significance of a set creed, religious doctrine or even a preacher to awaken us to the Peace of Mind eligible for 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 much better way.”
A solemn and humble request for help was found when Helen began to create what she termed as’an internal dictation’from the Voice she claimed informed her that he was “Jesus.” ACIM was caused by this inner dialogue; the higher method for which she’d prayed.
She wasn’t a “devil worshipping Atheist” as much 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 agree 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 very best 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 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’ve accepted as true; in particular, the notions found in the world of psychology and religion which unwittingly affect exactly how we feel daily and exactly how we treat one another.
Its premise is that to obtain the truth in just about any situation, we’ve 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 so just how to do this and find the kind of lasting Faith which is 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 apart from love that there 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 aren’t effective at experiencing the Perfect Peace of God’s Son; we should only accept our weakness and pray for strength from the God outside of our mind and heart.
ACIM is not 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 help us see this ego is a mere ‘belief’and like all beliefs, it can be relinquished. To relinquish would be to ‘release’and is different as saying it needs to be destroyed the Course tells us. To destroy something, it must have been ‘real’in the first place; to release is merely release a oneself from belief in it. When it comes to religious concepts, the ego would be the equivalent of the’devil’and could be the part of our mind that believes it’d die when 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 within 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 find out that we are and always have been Innocent. We shall see no use for a body used by a guilty ego once we are willing to simply accept this truth whole-heartedly. While the Course says, ‘This Course must be believed in its entirety or not all.” It could take many perceived lifetimes of numerous bodies to do this absolute understanding or it will take one moment of true understanding to relinquish belief in ego and use the body for the sole 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 language of Helen. According to the Course, ‘Jesus’lives beyond your realm of time. The reason being he sees just a Forgiven World which is a world without need of time through which to put up the self or others to days gone by or condemn them to the next such as the past. The target of the Course is to create us to the recognition of the forgiven world within 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 the way through which we finally arrive at recognize that our innocence is equally and unequivocally true throughout the board of mankind; when we figure out how to forgive and each one is forgiven, what else but Innocence can there be to see?
In Christianity, it is considered as one person accepting the sins of another without condoning them, thus still seeing themselves in some manner better than the offender to whom they’ve granted forgiveness.
The main reason that the Course is a’better way’is founded in the premise 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 is not eternally Joyful that has found the Voice for God within his Sacred Self?
The ‘miracles’of healing that have been spoken of in the New Testament were a good example of the ability of Jesus (a healed mind) to negate the consequences of a person’s perceived ‘sins’by never having accepted them as real in the initial place! These were ‘fore’given before their effect was viewed as a fact in the physical world. This is considered 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 time in a healed and whole Mind where judgment is impossible. Time is a required element of judgment. His reaching into time with an eternal Spiritual message could be the ‘miracle’of the Course; our listening and actually abiding in his Unconditional Love is another one, no less valued.
With this specific understanding of forgiveness, we observe how we can do as Jesus tells us to complete; to show our brother he’s Innocent by not allowing him to think he’s effective at hurting us. This is exactly what he really meant by his command to “turn another cheek.” We show our brother how he’s helped us see the reality 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 in which we see witness to our personal Inner Spark.
The East and West Meet in ACIM
Hinduism, which is probably the most similar thought system to that particular presented in the Course, names this Inner Spark the ‘seat of the soul’and when reached, the sole emotion expressed or felt, is among 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 the exact same way the Course implies that forgiveness is effective at 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 the 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 measure of our contrite heart or worthiness but because he must be forgiven for people to realize that we are forgiven! In our brother’s realization of his innocence due to our forgiveness of him, are we saved. And within our salvation is the entire world redeemed! It’s redeemed because the entire world we will see could be the Forgiven World outside of the realm of time. None aren’t worthy and each one is contrite of heart who want to forgive and be forgiven; to love and be loved, whatever the past or an imposed threat into the future in the Forgiven World.
It’s highly unlikely we will waken tomorrow Enlightened by our Innocence! But it is not unlikely that we can wake tomorrow attempting to be and we can make an advance in Awakening to our Joyous nature.
Being quite a while Course student and seeker, I will attest to the truth that even this small increment of change is a profoundly better state of mind compared to one preceding it….imagine the Joy of the Enlightened Mind~!