Religion lays claim to truth in one way or another. A Course in Miracles is not just a religion and it doesn’t attempt to dole out predictions of truth such as for instance a deck of tarot cards. It’s as its goal the changing of one’s mind to enable us to identify truth when it comes knocking.
From the introduction of ACIM, “The course doesn’t aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that’s beyond 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 ready to heed the Call, the Course serves as an Answer. To one who thinks they found the solution they want and yet has not found satisfaction, it provides a ‘better way.’
With “I need do nothing”, together of its fundamental lessons, ACIM is an undoing of the mindset that sees no requirement for a set creed, religious doctrine or even a preacher to awaken us to the Peace of Mind eligible 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 publish what she termed as’an internal dictation’from a Voice she claimed informed her that he was “Jesus.” ACIM was caused by this inner dialogue; the better way 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 following 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 very best of students according to 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’ve accepted as true; specifically, 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 get the truth in virtually 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 for instance religion asks us to do. The ‘author’of the Course offers insight and instruction into just how to achieve this and find the sort 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 only emotion irrespective of love that there’s, according to the Course.
HOW PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION
WORK TOGETHER IN ACIM
In the research of Psychology, the ego is an accepted part of the human condition, albeit often needing healing and correction. In the practice of religion, we learn that we are not effective at experiencing the Perfect Peace of God’s Son; we ought to 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 identify the ego as only part of who we think we are. It uses psychology to greatly help us see that this ego is only ‘belief’and like all beliefs, it could be relinquished. To relinquish is always to ‘release’and is not similar as saying it must be destroyed the Course tells us. To destroy something, it will need to have been ‘real’to begin with; to release is just to release oneself from belief in it. With regards to religious concepts, the ego is the equivalent of the’devil’and could be the part of our mind that believes it would die if we acknowledge we’re part 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, 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 discover that we are and always have already been Innocent. We shall see no use for a human body employed by a guilty ego once we are willing to accept this truth whole-heartedly. Because the Course says, ‘This Course must certanly be believed in its entirety or not all.” It may take many perceived lifetimes of several bodies to achieve this absolute understanding or normally it takes one moment of true understanding to relinquish belief in ego and utilize the body for the only real intent behind expressing the message of the Holy Spirit; our Connect 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. Based on the Course, ‘Jesus’lives beyond your realm of time. The reason being he sees merely a Forgiven World which is really a world without need of time by which to put on the self or others to yesteryear or condemn them to another just 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 specifically, according to Jesus of the Course. In the Course, we learn that forgiveness is just how by which we finally come to recognize that our innocence is equally and unequivocally true throughout the board of mankind; if we learn to forgive and each one is forgiven, what else but Innocence will there be to see?
In Christianity, it’s considered together person accepting the sins of one other without condoning them, thus still seeing themselves in some manner more advanced than the offender to whom they have 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, much less reasons to war together? 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 a good example of the capability of Jesus (a healed mind) to negate the consequences of a person’s perceived ‘sins’by never having accepted them as real in the very first place! They were ‘fore’given before their effect was regarded as a reality in the physical world. This is often considered as a metaphysical (outside the physical) state of mind affecting the physical; physical always being an effect of Mind. Jesus lived beyond your realm of amount of time in a healed and whole Mind where judgment is impossible. Time is a necessary element of judgment. His reaching into time with a timeless 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 particular knowledge of forgiveness, we observe we could do as Jesus tells us to do; to instruct our brother he is Innocent by not allowing him to think he is effective at hurting us. It’s this that he really meant by his command to “turn one 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 once again to us in which we see witness to our own Inner Spark.
The East and West Meet in ACIM
Hinduism, which will be the absolute most similar thought system compared to that presented in the Course, names this Inner Spark the ‘seat of the soul’and when reached, the sole 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 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 must 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 certanly be forgiven for people to appreciate that we are forgiven! Within our brother’s realization of his innocence due to our forgiveness of him, are we saved. And within our salvation is the planet redeemed! It is redeemed because the planet we will have could be the Forgiven World not in the realm of time. None are not worthy and each one is contrite of heart who wish to forgive and be forgiven; to love and be loved, regardless of past or an imposed threat into the future in the Forgiven World.
It is highly unlikely we shall waken tomorrow Enlightened by our Innocence! But it’s not unlikely that we can wake tomorrow wanting to be and we could make an advance in Awakening to our Joyous nature.
Being quite a while Course student and seeker, I could attest to the truth that even this small increment of change is really a profoundly better state of mind compared to the one preceding it….imagine the Joy of the Enlightened Mind~!