Most think it is very unsettling to consider the idea that choice is really an illusion, or the illusion of choice, as mentioned in A Course in Miracles (ACIM). You make choices everyday, so the thought of choice not being real seems highly illogical and to state minimal, improbable, given its consistent daily use. Although choice is important while you are here, it ultimately remains a part of the illusion and isn’t an integral part of God. Choice is unsettling because you imagine it to be necessary, not since it is an illusion.”
It stands to reason that you’re in that which you consider as this world because you’ve determined, or choice, with this world to be real. In the event that you keep on making that same choice, it keeps on becoming more and more real. ACIM clearly points out that ideas do not leave their source. Who then would be the source? What choices have you been really making?
Choice, Perception and Judgment:
You think this world is real because you made the choice to think the ego’s version of reality from the original separation. Those initial perceptions are accompanied by the following choice which will be to judge the results, thereby producing further consequences which reinforce the belief in this world. It’s a vicious, no-win cycle. As you perceive you’ll judge; and as you judge you’ll perceive. Error is manufactured real by this simple twisted deception. Withdraw your option to think in the results and the error could be corrected.
Choice and Source:
Can you not then be the foundation since you are usually the one making the choice to think? You never understand that original separation; however, you’re making choices now, and you’re doing so most of the time acim. Every moment you’re choosing between thoughts, feelings and ideas, etc. When it isn’t you, then who do you want to claim is responsible? Be mindful, because claiming another is responsible is really blame and you’ve no power to change as long as you believe another is in charge. You are simply making yourself a victim. Both these are ego tricks.
Accepting responsibility for everything, including choice and its consequences may be the fastest method to change. This lets you choose again because you can see the results and recognize that you’ll want chosen in error. It is your thoughts and beliefs combined with the decision, or choice, to create them true that becomes the effect of that which you see in your world. The Law of Cause and Effect really is easy: In line with the mind you pick from, as cause, you will dsicover the corresponding effect.
So long as as you’ve a separate mind, you’re constantly choosing between the incorrect mind of the ego (error) and the Right Mind of the Holy Spirit (correction). You will dsicover the consequence with respect to the choice of mind you use as cause. You cannot have two masters. In the ego world, it is obviously one or the other. Choosing the correction of the Holy Spirit undoes the error of the ego and returns the mind to the peace of God. This technique can also be called forgiveness.
Selection for Correction:
Forgiveness is only your mind being returned, or corrected, back once again to the Truth because you select for it to be that way. Handing within the ego’s judgments corrects the mind and correction is what? Forgiveness. A different cause results in a different effect.
Choice is, therefore, necessary in this illusion while there is something to select between. However, the best utilization of choice is served by knowing both the error and correction sides of the split mind, or that which you are choosing between. Then, simply remember that the goal is to come back the mind to True Perception and choose again! It will also help to keep in mind the coinciding terms for True Perception: Correction, forgiveness, salvation, atonement, truth, Holy Spirit and God. There’s no difference.
With each gentle correction, which is really a choice for the Right Mind, a percentage of the mind is returned to peace, its rightful and natural place with God. This is a place from where it never left. It may not be returned to peace were this not the natural state. Ideas do not leave their source and you, my friend, will be the source. What’s promising is that there is your heavenly side as well. Please consider choosing again.
In Part 2 on the Illusion of Choice, i will be discussing further what it methods to choose and ultimately why there is no choice. To end the necessity of choice, rendering it so unsettling, is to end the illusion of choice and return to your natural state of peace. Our goal is the exact same and A Course in Miracles is a set of guidelines for choosing until it is no more necessary. This really is an inward path with many forks and each of them lead home.