Religion lays claim to truth in one way 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 has as its goal the changing of one’s mind allow us to acknowledge truth when it comes 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 ready to heed the Call, the Course serves being an Answer. To one who thinks they found the solution they need and yet hasn’t found satisfaction, it supplies a ‘better way.’
With “I need do nothing”, as you of its fundamental lessons, ACIM can be an undoing of the mindset that sees no requirement for a collection creed, religious doctrine or 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 an improved way.”
An earnest and humble request for help was found when Helen began to create what she termed as’an inner dictation’from a Voice she claimed told her that he was “Jesus.” ACIM was the result of this inner dialogue; the better way for which she’d prayed.
She was not a “devil worshipping Atheist” as numerous internet forums or sites suggest. Helen didn’t 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 no easy course to pass and she didn’t consider herself to be the best of students based on Kenneth Wapnick, co editor and friend to Helen. You can read more about her 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 a really viable intellectual and emotional framework for helping us to undo false notions which we have accepted as true; specifically, the notions found in the world 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 obtain the truth in 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 so how to achieve this and find the sort 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 sole emotion besides love that there’s, based on the Course.
HOW PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION
WORK TOGETHER IN ACIM
In the analysis of Psychology, the ego can be an accepted part of the human condition, albeit often in need of healing and correction. In the practice of religion, we learn that people are not effective at experiencing the Perfect Peace of God’s Son; we must only accept our weakness and pray for strength from a God beyond our mind and heart.
ACIM isn’t written in purely psychological jargon nor does it use purely religious concepts but uses both to acknowledge the ego as only section of who we think we are. It uses psychology to simply help us see that this ego is a mere ‘belief’and like all beliefs, it may be relinquished. To relinquish is to ‘release’and is different as saying it needs to be destroyed the Course tells us. To destroy something, it must have been ‘real’to start with; to release is just to produce oneself from belief in it. When it comes to religious concepts, the ego is the exact carbon copy of the’devil’and is the section of our mind that believes it would die if we acknowledge we are 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 are 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 are born guilty. In ACIM, we are led to discover that people are and always have already been Innocent. We shall see no use for a human anatomy used by a guilty ego when we are willing to just accept this truth whole-heartedly. Because the Course says, ‘This Course must be believed in its entirety or not all.” It may take many perceived lifetimes of many bodies to make this happen 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 Connect to God.
The Metaphysics of “A Course in Miracles”
a course in miracles is the corrected message of Jesus expressed through the words of Helen. In line with the Course, ‘Jesus’lives away from realm of time. This is because he sees merely a Forgiven World which is a world without need of time where to put on the self or others to days gone by or condemn them to another 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 specifically, based on Jesus of the Course. In the Course, we learn that forgiveness is the way in which where we finally come to realize that our innocence is equally and unequivocally true over the board of mankind; if we learn how to forgive and each one is forgiven, what else but Innocence can there be to see?
In Christianity, it’s thought of as you person accepting the sins of another without condoning them, thus still seeing themselves in some way better than the offender to whom they’ve granted forgiveness.
The main reason that the Course is really 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 reasons to war together? Who’s not eternally Joyful that has found the Voice for God within his Sacred Self?
The ‘miracles’of healing that were spoken of in the New Testament were a good example of the power of Jesus (a healed mind) to negate the effects of a person’s perceived ‘sins’by never having accepted them as real in the very first place! They certainly were ‘fore’given before their effect was regarded as a fact in the physical world. This is often thought of as a metaphysical (outside the physical) state of mind affecting the physical; physical always being an effectation of Mind. Jesus lived away from realm of amount of time in a healed and whole Mind where judgment is impossible. Time is an essential component of judgment. His reaching into time with an amazing 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 specific understanding of forgiveness, we see how we can do as Jesus tells us to accomplish; to teach our brother he’s Innocent by not allowing him to consider he’s effective at hurting us. This is what he really meant by his command to “turn another cheek.” We show our brother how he has helped us see the facts of our Divine nature by offering him forgiveness always and in all-ways. It’s in his forgiven state of mind reflected back once again to us by which we see witness to our own Inner Spark.
The East and West Meet in ACIM
Hinduism, which is the most similar thought system compared to that presented in the Course, names this Inner Spark the ‘seat of the soul’and when reached, the only real emotion expressed or felt, is 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 exactly the same way the Course suggests that forgiveness is effective at un-doing our actions by thought, to reveal the Sacred Self. In both ideologies, though expressed slightly differently, it’s 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 are held to this standard as a way of measuring our contrite heart or worthiness but while he must be forgiven for people to realize that people are forgiven! Inside our brother’s realization of his innocence due to the forgiveness of him, are we saved. And inside our salvation is the world redeemed! It’s redeemed because the world we will have is the Forgiven World not in the realm of time. None are not worthy and each one 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 into the future in the Forgiven World.
It’s highly unlikely we will waken tomorrow Enlightened by our Innocence! But it’s not unlikely that people can wake tomorrow wanting to be and we can make a step of progress in Awakening to the Joyous nature.
Being quite a while Course student and seeker, I could attest to the fact even this small increment of change is really a profoundly better state of mind than the one preceding it….imagine the Joy of the Enlightened Mind~!