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 just like a deck of tarot cards. It’s as its goal the changing of one’s mind allow us to identify truth in regards knocking.
From the introduction of ACIM, “The course doesn’t aim at teaching this is of love, for that’s beyond so what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which will be your natural inheritance.”
To one who has been spiritually summoned and is ready to heed the Call, the Course serves being an Answer. To one who thinks they found the clear answer they need and yet has not found reassurance, it provides a ‘better way.’
With “I want do nothing”, together 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 has to be a much better way.”
A serious and humble request for help was found when Helen began to create what she termed as’an internal dictation’from the Voice she claimed told her he was “Jesus.” ACIM was caused by this inner dialogue; the better means for which she had 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 as a result of its publication in 1975.
Helen would agree totally 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 learn more about her very own struggles and triumphs in her attempts at accepting the message she delivered in “The Lack of Felicity” which Wapnick authored.
Today, ACIM is regarded as an extremely viable intellectual and emotional framework for helping us to undo false notions which we’ve accepted as true; in particular, the notions found on the planet of psychology and religion which unwittingly affect how exactly we feel each day and how exactly we treat one another.
Its premise is that to get the truth in virtually any situation, we’ve to discard the untrue; sifting through our beliefs with honesty using Reason and Open Mindedness rather than accepting notions with blind faith such as for instance religion asks us to do. The ‘author’of the Course offers insight and instruction into exactly how to do this and find the kind 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 sole emotion regardless of love that there’s, in line with 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 needing healing and correction. In the practice of religion, we learn that people aren’t capable of experiencing the Perfect Peace of God’s Son; we ought to only accept our weakness and pray for strength from the God outside 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 section of who we think we are. It uses psychology to simply help us see that ego is merely a ‘belief’and like all beliefs, it could be relinquished. To relinquish is to ‘let it go’and is different as saying it must be destroyed the Course tells us. To destroy something, it must have been ‘real’in the first place; to let it go is simply to produce oneself from belief in it. With regards to religious concepts, the ego would be the equivalent of the’devil’and may be the section of our mind that believes it would die if we acknowledge we’re section of God, being antithetical to God Himself.
Sin and death are major beliefs of the ego to help keep us loyal to its’religion’of separation from God. The belief we’re bodies bound to die, rather than 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.
Rely on Innocence Entirely….or Not at All
Christianity teaches us we’re born guilty. In ACIM, we’re led to discover that people are and always have already been Innocent. We shall see no use for a human anatomy employed by a guilty ego when we are willing to simply accept this truth whole-heartedly. Whilst the Course says, ‘This Course should be believed in its entirety or not all.” It might take many perceived lifetimes of many bodies to do this absolute understanding or normally it takes one moment of true understanding to relinquish belief in ego and use the body for the only purpose of expressing the message of the Holy Spirit; our Connect to God.
The Metaphysics of “A Course in Miracles”
a course in miracles may be the corrected message of Jesus expressed through the words of Helen. In line with the Course, ‘Jesus’lives outside the realm of time. The reason being he sees merely a Forgiven World which is really a world without need of time where to keep the self or others to yesteryear or condemn them to another such as the past. The goal of the Course is to create 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 just how where we finally arrived at understand that our innocence is equally and unequivocally true across the board of mankind; if we learn how to forgive and each one is forgiven, what else but Innocence will there be to see?
In Christianity, it is looked at together person accepting the sins of another whilst not condoning them, thus still seeing themselves in some way better than the offender to whom they have 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, much less reasons to war with one another? Who’s not eternally Joyful that’s 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 effects 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 can be looked at as a metaphysical (outside the physical) state of mind affecting the physical; physical always as an aftereffect of Mind. Jesus lived outside the realm of time in a healed and whole Mind where judgment is impossible. Time is an essential part of judgment. His reaching into time with a timeless Spiritual message may be the ‘miracle’of the Course; our listening and actually abiding in his Unconditional Love is another one, no less valued.
With this specific comprehension of forgiveness, we observe we are able to do as Jesus tells us to do; to instruct our brother he is Innocent by not allowing him to think he is capable of hurting us. It’s this that 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 is in his forgiven state of mind reflected back again to us by which we see witness to our own Inner Spark.
The East and West Meet in ACIM
Hinduism, which will be 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 removing karmic scars by our corrected actions in the same way the Course suggests 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 with this Spark through forgiveness.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOUR SELF
We should love our neighbor as our self, not because we’re held to the standard as a measure of our contrite heart or worthiness but when he should be forgiven for us to realize that people are forgiven! Inside our brother’s realization of his innocence due to your forgiveness of him, are we saved. And inside our salvation is the world redeemed! It is redeemed because the world we will have may be the Forgiven World outside of the realm of time. None aren’t worthy and each one is contrite of heart who wish to forgive and be forgiven; to love and be loved, regardless of the past or an imposed threat for the future in the Forgiven World.
It is highly unlikely we shall waken tomorrow Enlightened by our Innocence! But it is not unlikely that people can wake tomorrow wanting to be and we are able to make a step forward in Awakening to your Joyous nature.
Being quite a while Course student and seeker, I can attest to the truth that even this small increment of change is a profoundly better state of mind compared to the one preceding it….imagine the Joy of the Enlightened Mind~!