What’s A Course in Miracles?
September 8, 2020 Business
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 try to dole out predictions of truth just like a deck of tarot cards. It has as its goal the changing of one’s mind allow us to acknowledge truth as it pertains knocking.
From the introduction of ACIM, “The course doesn’t aim at teaching this is of love, for that’s beyond exactly what do be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which can be your natural inheritance.”
To at least one who has been spiritually summoned and is prepared to heed the Call, the Course serves being an Answer. To at least one who thinks they found the clear answer they want and yet has not found peace of mind, it supplies a ‘better way.’
With “I need do nothing”, as one of its fundamental lessons, ACIM is 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 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 must be an improved way.”
An earnest and humble request for help was found when Helen began to publish what she termed as’an inner dictation’from a Voice she claimed informed her he was “Jesus.” ACIM was the consequence of this inner dialogue; the higher means for which she had prayed.
She wasn’t a “devil worshipping Atheist” as numerous 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 no easy course to pass and she did not consider herself to be the best of students in accordance with 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 Absence 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; specifically, the notions found on earth of psychology and religion which unwittingly affect exactly how we feel each day and exactly how we treat one another.
Its premise is that to obtain the truth in 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 get this done and find the sort of lasting Faith which can 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 real emotion apart from love that there’s, in line with the Course.
HOW PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION
WORK TOGETHER IN ACIM
In the analysis of Psychology, the ego is an accepted facet of the human condition, albeit often needing 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 ought to only accept our weakness and pray for strength from a God outside 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 ego is a mere ‘belief’and like all beliefs, it could be relinquished. To relinquish is always to ‘let it go’and is not the same as saying it needs to be destroyed the Course tells us. To destroy something, it should have been ‘real’in the first place; to let it go is just to release oneself from belief in it. When it comes to religious concepts, the ego would be the exact carbon copy of the’devil’and is 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 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 inside 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 learn that we are and always have now been Innocent. We shall see no use for a body employed by a guilty ego when we are willing to accept this truth whole-heartedly. As the Course says, ‘This Course should be believed in its entirety or not all.” It might take many perceived lifetimes of several bodies to achieve this absolute understanding or it will take one moment of true understanding to relinquish belief in ego and utilize the body for the only 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 what of Helen. In line with the Course, ‘Jesus’lives beyond your realm of time. This is because he sees only 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 a future just like 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 specifically, in accordance with Jesus of the Course. In the Course, we learn that forgiveness is just how through which we finally arrive at understand that our innocence is equally and unequivocally true across the board of mankind; if we learn how to forgive and all are forgiven, what else but Innocence can there be to see?
In Christianity, it’s looked at as one person accepting the sins of another whilst not condoning them, thus still seeing themselves in some manner superior to the offender to whom they have granted forgiveness.
The main reason that the Course is a’better way’is founded in the premise that if 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 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 typical example of the capability of Jesus (a healed mind) to negate the results of a person’s perceived ‘sins’by never having accepted them as real in the initial place! They certainly were ‘fore’given before their effect was regarded 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 being an effectation of Mind. Jesus lived beyond your 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 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 observe how we could do as Jesus tells us to complete; to instruct our brother he is Innocent by not allowing him to think he is capable of 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 facts of our Divine nature by offering him forgiveness always and in all-ways. It’s in his forgiven state of mind reflected back to us where we see witness to our own Inner Spark.
The East and West Meet in ACIM
Hinduism, which can be 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 only real emotion expressed or felt, is one of pure Joy. This seat of the soul reaches 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 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 with this Spark through forgiveness.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOUR SELF
We must love our neighbor as our self, not because we’re held to this standard as a way of measuring our contrite heart or worthiness but because he should be forgiven for all of us to understand that we are forgiven! In our brother’s realization of his innocence due to the forgiveness of him, are we saved. And inside our salvation is the entire world redeemed! It’s redeemed because the entire world we will have is the Forgiven World not in the realm of time. None aren’t worthy and all are contrite of heart who would like to forgive and be forgiven; to love and be loved, whatever the past or an imposed threat of the future in the Forgiven World.
It’s highly unlikely we will 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 the Joyous nature.
Being quite a while Course student and seeker, I could attest to the fact 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~!