Religion lays claim to truth in one way or another. A Course in Miracles is not 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 recognize 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 so what can be taught. It will 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 prepared to heed the Call, the Course serves as an Answer. To one who thinks they found the clear answer they need and yet has not found satisfaction, 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 importance 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 has to be a better way.”
An earnest and humble request for help was found when Helen began to write what she termed as’an inner dictation’from a Voice she claimed shared with her that he was “Jesus.” ACIM was caused by this inner dialogue; the higher way for which she’d prayed.
She wasn’t a “devil worshipping Atheist” as many 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 no 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 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; particularly, the notions found in the world of psychology and religion which unwittingly affect how we feel daily and how we treat one another.
Its premise is that to find the truth in virtually any situation, we have to discard the untrue; sifting through our beliefs with honesty using Reason and Open Mindedness rather than 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 get this done and find the type 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 irrespective of love that there is, 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 in need of healing and correction. In the practice of religion, we learn that we aren’t capable of 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 is not written in purely psychological jargon nor does it use purely religious concepts but uses both to recognize the ego as only section of who we think we are. It uses psychology to simply help us see that ego is only ‘belief’and like all beliefs, it can be relinquished. To relinquish would be to ‘let it go’and is not the same as saying it needs to be destroyed the Course tells us. To destroy something, it must have been ‘real’to start with; to let it go is just to release oneself from belief in it. In terms of religious concepts, the ego will be the equivalent of the’devil’and is the section of our mind that believes it would die when we acknowledge we’re section 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, rather than Spirit eternally safe, keeps us guilty and fearful, both which obscure our awareness of Love’s presence within 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 we are and always have now been Innocent. We shall see no use for a body used by a guilty ego once 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 numerous bodies to do this absolute understanding or normally it takes one moment of true understanding to relinquish belief in ego and utilize the body for the only purpose of 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 what of Helen. According to the Course, ‘Jesus’lives away from realm of time. This is because he sees just a Forgiven World which is really a world without need of time by which to put on the self or others to days gone by or condemn them to another like the past. The goal of the Course is to bring 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 particularly, in accordance with Jesus of the Course. In the Course, we learn that forgiveness is just how by which we finally arrived at recognize that our innocence is equally and unequivocally true across the board of mankind; when we learn to forgive and each is forgiven, what else but Innocence will there be to see?
In Christianity, it’s looked at together person accepting the sins of the other without condoning them, thus still seeing themselves in some way more advanced 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, not as a reason to war with each other? Who’s not eternally Joyful that’s found the Voice for God within his Sacred Self?
The ‘miracles’of healing which were spoken of in the New Testament were an 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 first place! These were ‘fore’given before their effect was seen as a reality in the physical world. This is often looked at as a metaphysical (outside the physical) state of mind affecting the physical; physical always becoming 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 a required part 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 another one, no less valued.
With this knowledge of forgiveness, we see how we can do as Jesus tells us to accomplish; to show our brother he is Innocent by not allowing him to believe he is capable of hurting us. This is exactly what he really meant by his command to “turn the other cheek.” We show our brother how he’s helped us see the facts of our Divine nature by offering him forgiveness always and in all-ways. It is in his forgiven state of mind reflected back to us where we see witness to our personal 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, the only real emotion expressed or felt, is certainly one of pure Joy. This seat of the soul is 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 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’s 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 way of measuring our contrite heart or worthiness but because he should be forgiven for us to understand that we are forgiven! In our brother’s realization of his innocence due to your forgiveness of him, are we saved. And within our salvation is the entire world redeemed! It is redeemed because the entire world we will have is the Forgiven World outside the realm of time. None aren’t 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 for the future in the Forgiven World.
It is highly unlikely we will waken tomorrow Enlightened by our Innocence! But it’s not unlikely that we can wake tomorrow attempting to be and we can make a step of progress in Awakening to your Joyous nature.
Being quite a long time Course student and seeker, I will attest to the fact 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~!