This short article begins a string on what A Course in Miracles (ACIM) means when it speaks of the “miracle” and the “mind.” Many students can cite definitions from the Course, understanding the non-dualistic meaning within the knowledge of dualism does take time to learn and apply. It’s only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can make this happen unlearning-learning process. Correction is in the mind of the perceiver and not through forms as true choice is between listening two voices: God or the ego. Claims to be of a “miracle mind” is really the ego, forgiveness-to-destroy and spiritual specialness. The ego speaks first and the loudest. Love is quiet; and love is expressed in this world through right-minded forgiveness.
Spiritual specialness is from the unconscious arrogance of the ego wrong mind which believes it’s in competition with God. Since we’re the same, we’re actually competing with everyone all the time until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the thought of competition. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not as the ego’s agenda is that we don’t remember that the reason given anything is in the mind from choosing with God or the ego. To get back our decision making ability is the point of the Course.
The ego’s voice, which we mistakenly believe could be the Holy Spirit, contains no humility nor dependence on God. Rather, it’s the voice to be self-created, i.e., the authority problem. Most of us have confusion regarding the author of our existence (ego or God) and the difference between form (illusion) and content (mind where correction take place). To be miracle-minded, we cannot be in conflict on any level for the right-mind itself is conflict-free. There is a difference between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.
We have no honesty once we use spiritual specialness even as we are saying we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This can be a defense against the opposite and we are discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen could be the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To continue this discussion, let’s start out with some word symbol definitions. We will look at both the ego definition and the Course’s definition. Only the ego is fully definable because it’s limitation itself. Perceived lack through projected forms (illusions) leads directly to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is: “An astonishing or welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore regarded as being the task of a divine agency.” The definition for “agency” is, “An organization with two or more parties.”
This can be a perfect example wherein two separate parties, the ego god and its version of the vengeful God, compete for forms within the dualistic illusion because the “divine agency.” This is the reason forms don’t need correction but rather the mind that perceives this silliness is in need of correction. Asking the ego god for magic event (to replace a form with a form) distorts prayer and the Son forgets who He is. The ego becomes the author of the Son’s existence and spiritual specialness takes root wherein the Son who is choosing the ego, competes with God to make himself special to have noticed by God. Provided that we don’t understand this, we remain a prisoner of this world.
A standard mistake to get noticed here by God is to think that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). Based on the ego, if we have a great life, we avoid punishment but you’ll find so many versions (forms) of a great life so that’s full of judgment. Again, changing forms make error real as it applies judgment this one form is way better while condemning another.
There is no life beyond Heaven. Purpose is in the mind; and our life’s purpose is to learn and practice forgiveness if we are to be miracle-minded a course in miracles youtube channel. Peace, or inner peace, is approximately content and not form. It’s from choosing what is not of this world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) which can be the true miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is really a shift in perception and not a shift in form (illusion).
The Course’s Miracle:
In the Course, the phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is quite long due to what all magic accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to totally understand the miracle, spend some time and willingness to unlearn the ego version and learn the ACIM version by starting with Chapter 1: The Meaning of Miracles. Additionally, Kenneth Wapnick has written a guide called, “The 50 Miracle Principles of A Course in Miracles.” For the purpose of this brief article, it’s sufficient for us to include the following in to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction as it does not have any element of judgment at all (T-2.V.A). Wholeness could be the perception content of miracles. Thus they correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack (T-1.I.41). Miracles arise from a miraculous state of mind, or state of miracle readiness (T-1.I.43). Miracles are an expression of inner awareness of Christ and acceptance of His Atonement (T-1.I.44).”
The Ego’s Mind:
In the dictionary, the phrase symbol definition for “mind” is: “The element of an individual that allows them to be aware of their world and their experiences, to think and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is really a key point which reveals the choice being created using the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The capability to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the world real (error real) by making use of judgment this one form is preferable to another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction as it does not have any element of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How fast intelligence gets used as a system through spiritual specialness to contend with God is astounding. We believe we’re following the Holy Spirit’s guidance if it is really the ego god. Like, everywhere we use intelligence to manage other people’s issues which is a blame projection. You will find no “other people’s issues” unless we first believe in separation and differences and wish to see our repressed guilt in another. Everyone and everything is a part of our mind. Further, to claim it’s our job to manage or correct other’s issues take specialness to a far more arrogant level of being chosen by God. We are literally saying with your ego that we can perform the Holy Spirit’s job much better than Him which removes a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m much better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, the most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect can be to blame behind our need to produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. Put simply, we’re now saying the Course’s curriculum by Jesus is insufficient and we could do better. We do this because we don’t understand the Course’s point that we are all unhealed healers attempting to do what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we truly need the Voice for God. That is another point out be discussed in the next article. Very, very few are right-minded enough to allow Holy Spirit lead the way because most believe they are in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does any one of this show that we may not want boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In fact, it’s unkind not to have boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control of since it has such massive arrogance of someone believing they are much better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful because of the total belief in lack.
The Course’s Mind:
In the Course, the phrase symbol definition for “mind” is, “The activating agent of spirit, supplying its creative energy (C-1.1).” That is broken into, “Right-mindedness which identifies the Holy Spirit, forgives the world, and through Christ’s vision sees actuality in its place (C-1.5); and wrong-mindedness which listens to the ego and makes illusions (C-1.6). Nowadays, the only remaining freedom could be the freedom of preference; always between two choices or two voices (C-1.7).”
As Kenneth Wapnick once said, “Love is quiet and will not need to make assertions.” The miracle-minded realize that prayer is to ask to learn to forgive first so that true prayer is released back to song. Our goal will be miracle-minded with the true miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that is only through choice. The power of decision is the one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world You are able to opt to see right (T-12.VII.9).