This article begins a set 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 takes time to understand and apply. It is 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 nowadays through right-minded forgiveness.
Spiritual specialness is from the unconscious arrogance of the ego wrong mind which believes it is in competition with God. Since we’re yet, we’re actually competing with everyone constantly until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the idea of competition. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not since 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 take back our decision making ability is the point of the Course.
The ego’s voice, which we mistakenly believe may be the Holy Spirit, contains no humility nor dependence on God. Rather, it is the voice if you are self-created, i.e., the authority problem. Many of us have confusion regarding the writer 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’ve no honesty once we use spiritual specialness once we are saying we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This can be a defense against the contrary and i will be discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen may be the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To carry on this discussion, let’s start with some word symbol definitions. We will look at both ego definition and the Course’s definition. Only the ego is fully definable because it is limitation itself. Perceived lack through projected forms (illusions) leads right to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is: “An astonishing or welcome event that’s not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore regarded as the work of a divine agency.” The meaning for “agency” is, “An organization with several 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 as the “divine agency.” This is why forms don’t need correction but alternatively the mind that perceives this silliness is needing correction. Asking the ego god for a miracle event (to replace an application with a form) distorts prayer and the Son forgets who He is. The ego becomes the writer of the Son’s existence and spiritual specialness takes root wherein the Son who is choosing the ego, competes with God to produce himself special to have noticed by God. Provided that we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner of this world.
A standard mistake for getting noticed here by God is to trust that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). Based on the ego, if we’ve a great life, we avoid punishment but there are numerous versions (forms) of a great life so that’s filled with judgment. Again, changing forms make error real because it applies judgment that one form is much better while condemning another.
There is no life outside of Heaven. Purpose is in the mind; and our life’s purpose is to understand and practice forgiveness if we can be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is all about content and not form. It is from choosing what’s not of this world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) that is the true miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is just a shift in perception and not just a shift in form (illusion).
The Course’s Miracle:
In the Course, the phrase symbol definition for “miracle” is quite long because of what all a miracle accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to completely understand the miracle, spending 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 book called, “The 50 Miracle Principles of A Course in Miracles.” For the goal of this brief article, it is sufficient for people to include the following in to the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction because it does not have any component of judgment at all (T-2.V.A). Wholeness may be the perception content of miracles. Thus they correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack (T-1.I.41). Miracles arise from the 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 component of an individual that permits them to keep yourself updated of these world and their experiences, to consider and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is just 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 planet real (error real) through the use of judgment that one form is better than another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction because it does not have any component of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How quickly intelligence gets used as a system through spiritual specialness to compete with God is astounding. We believe we’re following the Holy Spirit’s guidance if it is really the ego god. For instance, everywhere we use intelligence to manage other people’s issues which is a blame projection author of a course in miracles. You can find no “other people’s issues” unless we first rely on separation and differences and want to see our repressed guilt in another. Everyone and everything is a part of our mind. Further, to claim it is our job to manage or correct other’s issues take specialness to an even more arrogant level of being chosen by God. We are literally saying with our ego that we can do the Holy Spirit’s job much better than Him which takes out a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m much better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, the absolute most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect is also the culprit behind our need to produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. In other words, 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 typical unhealed healers attempting to complete what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we want the Voice for God. That is another point to be discussed in the next article. Very, very few are right-minded enough to let the Holy Spirit lead just how because most believe they are in competition with God and others.
Nowhere does some of this show that we would not want boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In fact, it is unkind not to possess 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 on to, “Right-mindedness which refers to the Holy Spirit, forgives the planet, and through Christ’s vision sees the real world in its place (C-1.5); and wrong-mindedness which listens to the ego and makes illusions (C-1.6). Nowadays, the only real remaining freedom may be the freedom of preference; always between two choices or two voices (C-1.7).”
As Kenneth Wapnick once said, “Love is quiet and do not need to make assertions.” The miracle-minded realize that prayer is to ask to learn how 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’s only through choice. The ability of decision is the one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world You are able to choose to see right (T-12.VII.9).