Religion lays claim to truth in one way or another. A Course in Miracles is not a religion and it doesn’t attempt to dole out predictions of truth like a deck of tarot cards. It’s 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 doesn’t 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 at least one who has been spiritually summoned and is willing to heed the Call, the Course serves being an Answer. To at least one who thinks they found the answer they want and yet hasn’t found reassurance, 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 requirement for a group 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 must be an improved way.”
A serious and humble request for help was found when Helen began to write what she termed as’an internal dictation’from the Voice she claimed shared with her that he was “Jesus.” ACIM was the consequence of this inner dialogue; the greater method for which she had prayed.
She wasn’t a “devil worshipping Atheist” as much 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 agree 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 on the planet 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 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 for example religion asks us to do. The ‘author’of the Course offers insight and instruction into precisely how to achieve this and find the kind 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 only real emotion irrespective of love that there’s, based on the Course.
HOW PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION
WORK TOGETHER IN ACIM
In the study 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 people are not capable of experiencing the Perfect Peace of God’s Son; we must only accept our weakness and pray for strength from the 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 element of who we think we are. It uses psychology to greatly 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 not similar as saying it must be destroyed the Course tells us. To destroy something, it must have been ‘real’in the first place; to release is simply to produce oneself from belief in it. With regards to religious concepts, the ego is the equivalent of the’devil’and could be the element of our mind that believes it would die when we acknowledge we’re element 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 which obscure our awareness of Love’s presence in 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 people are and always have been Innocent. We shall see no use for a body utilized by a guilty ego when we are willing to simply accept this truth whole-heartedly. Because the Course says, ‘This Course should be believed in its entirety or not all.” It could take many perceived lifetimes of many 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 intent behind expressing the message of the Holy Spirit; our Link 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. According to the Course, ‘Jesus’lives beyond your realm of time. The reason being he sees just a Forgiven World which is really a world without need of time through which to put on the self or others to days gone by or condemn them to the next like the past. The goal of the Course is to bring us to the recognition of the forgiven world in 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 through which we finally arrived at recognize that our innocence is equally and unequivocally true over the board of mankind; when we learn how to forgive and each one is forgiven, what else but Innocence is there to see?
In Christianity, it is considered as one person accepting the sins of one other whilst not condoning them, thus still seeing themselves in some manner more advanced than the offender to whom they’ve granted forgiveness.
The main reason that the Course is just 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, not as a reason to war with one another? Who’s not eternally Joyful that’s found the Voice for God within his Sacred Self?
The ‘miracles’of healing that have been 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 very first place! They certainly were ‘fore’given before their effect was regarded as a reality in the physical world. This can be considered as a metaphysical (outside the physical) state of mind affecting the physical; physical always becoming an effectation of Mind. Jesus lived beyond your realm of time in a healed and whole Mind where judgment is impossible. Time is a required part of judgment. His reaching into time with an eternal Spiritual message could be the ‘miracle’of the Course; our listening and actually abiding in his Unconditional Love is a different one, no less valued.
With this knowledge of forgiveness, we observe how we could do as Jesus tells us to accomplish; to instruct our brother he is Innocent by not allowing him to consider he is capable of hurting us. This is exactly what he really meant by his command to “turn one other cheek.” We show our brother how he’s helped us see the reality of our Divine nature by offering him forgiveness always and in all-ways. It’s in his forgiven state of mind reflected back again to us where we see witness to our own Inner Spark.
The East and West Meet in ACIM
Hinduism, which is 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, really the only emotion expressed or felt, is among pure Joy. This seat of the soul is at the core of the Self and is unveiled by removing karmic scars by our corrected actions in the exact 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 is 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 way of measuring our contrite heart or worthiness but while he should be forgiven for all of us to appreciate that people are forgiven! Within our brother’s realization of his innocence due to the forgiveness of him, are we saved. And in our salvation is the entire world redeemed! It’s redeemed because the entire world 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 would like to forgive and be forgiven; to love and be loved, whatever the past or an imposed threat for the future in the Forgiven World.
It’s highly unlikely we shall waken tomorrow Enlightened by our Innocence! But it is not unlikely that people can wake tomorrow planning to be and we could make an advance in Awakening to the Joyous nature.
Being a long time Course student and seeker, I will attest to the fact even this small increment of change is just a profoundly better state of mind than the one preceding it….imagine the Joy of the Enlightened Mind~!