This informative article begins a string on what A Course in Miracles (ACIM) means when it speaks of the “miracle” and the “mind.” While most students can cite definitions from the Course, understanding the non-dualistic meaning within the experience of dualism takes some time to learn and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can accomplish this unlearning-learning process. Correction is in your head 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 constantly until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the notion of competition. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not because the ego’s agenda is that we don’t understand that the reason given anything is in your head from choosing with God or the ego. To get back our decision making ability is the idea 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 if you are self-created, i.e., the authority problem. All 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’s a distinction between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.
We’ve no honesty whenever we use spiritual specialness even as we are saying we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is a defense against the opposite and we will be discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen could be the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To carry on this discussion, let’s start with some word symbol definitions. We shall look at both 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 right to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the term symbol definition for “miracle” is: “A surprising or welcome event that’s not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore regarded as being the work of a divine agency.” The definition for “agency” is, “An organization with several parties.”
This is a perfect example wherein two separate parties, the ego god and its version of the vengeful God, compete for forms within the dualistic illusion whilst the “divine agency.” For this reason forms don’t need correction but instead your head that perceives this silliness is needing correction a course in miracles teacher. Asking the ego god for a miracle event (to replace a questionnaire 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 obtain noticed by God. As long as we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner of this world.
A typical mistake for getting noticed here by God is to think that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). In line with the ego, if we have an excellent life, we avoid punishment but you’ll find so many versions (forms) of an excellent life so that’s full of judgment. Again, changing forms make error real as it applies judgment this one form is much better while condemning another.
There’s no life beyond Heaven. Purpose is in your head; and our life’s purpose is to learn and practice forgiveness if we are to be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is about content and not form. It is from choosing what’s not of this world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) which is the actual miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is a shift in perception and not a shift in form (illusion).
The Course’s Miracle:
In the Course, the term symbol definition for “miracle” is quite long as a result of what all a miracle 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 beginning 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 goal of this brief article, it’s sufficient for us to incorporate these into the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction as it has no 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 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 term symbol definition for “mind” is: “The element of an individual that permits them to keep yourself updated of these world and their experiences, to think and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is a key point which reveals the choice being made out of the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The ability to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the world real (error real) through the use of judgment this 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 as it has no element of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How fast intelligence gets used as a tool through spiritual specialness to compete with God is astounding. We believe we’re after the Holy Spirit’s guidance when it is really the ego god. For instance, everywhere we use intelligence to manage other people’s issues which is really a blame projection. There are 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’s our job to manage or correct other’s issues take specialness to a far more arrogant level to be 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 most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect is also to blame behind our need to produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. In other words, we are now saying the Course’s curriculum by Jesus is insufficient and we are able to do better. We do this because we don’t understand the Course’s point that we are unhealed healers attempting to accomplish what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we want the Voice for God. That is another point to be discussed in a future 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 of this show that we might not require boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. Actually, it’s unkind not to possess boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control since it includes such massive arrogance of someone believing they are much better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful due to the total belief in lack.
The Course’s Mind:
In the Course, the term symbol definition for “mind” is, “The activating agent of spirit, supplying its creative energy (C-1.1).” That is broken into, “Right-mindedness which describes the Holy Spirit, forgives the world, 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). These days, the only real 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 need not make assertions.” The miracle-minded realize that prayer would be to ask to learn how to forgive first so that true prayer is released back in song. Our goal is usually to be miracle-minded with the actual miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that’s only through choice. The energy of decision can be your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world You are able to choose to see right (T-12.VII.9).