The central teaching of A Course in Miracles is that individuals are house with God at this time, asleep to our true nature and dreaming about life on earth. We are like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, dreaming a horrific nightmare that individuals are lost and can’t find our way home. Like Dorothy, we miss home, also called heaven (or Kansas). Although Dorothy thinks Oz is really a beautiful place, she keeps trying to find her way home. When Dorothy awakens, she finds she should indeed be aware of her loved ones. Moment to moment we get the chance to click our heels and go home, to select between love and fear, between the truth that individuals remain with God or the illusion that individuals have separated from Him. The Course identifies this as the decision involving the ego’s means of thinking and the Holy Spirit’s view of the world.
This world, since it’s filled with fear, is an illusion, as God creates only love. All problems arise from error, the mistaken belief that individuals are separated and alone and that God has abandoned us. This false belief generally seems to cut us off from our Source, much just like a kink in a water hose prevents the foundation of water from flowing to its destination a course in miracles audio. We cannot receive God’s love when there are kinks inside our thinking. Forgiveness is the principal tool that opens us to the flow of love and peace. Forgiveness is stressed over and over in ACIM as the key way we find our in the past home.
A Course in Miracles states that God is pure Love, and as Love would never create hell or punish his beloved children. Since this earth is a desire, and dream occurrences aren’t real, no you have ever sinned. However, in the illusion we see ourselves as flawed individuals, guilty of several sins. We think ugly thoughts and do ugly things. But that comes from our false self, the ego, and so it will be not real. The greatest the fact is that only God and Love, which are the same, exist. Love is really another term for God.
We are taught in the Bible that man’s sin keeps him from God, so God had to send Jesus to die in atonement. However, ACIM says that Jesus did not die as a sacrificial atonement for man’s sins, because God was never angry with us to begin with. Since we have never separated from God, there is no sin to be atoned for. It’s all our bad dream. Jesus willingly chose to be crucified to teach us that your body and death are not real. He did not suffer on the cross because He knew He wasn’t his body, and his mind was solely identified with God.
This short article was excerpted from my book Breaking Free: How Forgiveness and A Course in Miracles Can Set You Free.