The beauty and simplicity of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) really shines through among its major principles: The Law of Cause and Effect. That is different from the Law of Attraction, an interest on which so much has been discussed these last few years. ACIM answers not only why things are the way they are with your head, but additionally how to implement these mind corrections needed to alter your life. What it ultimately comes down to is the option to alter beliefs while staying in this world, or the option to improve your head and return home.
Affirmations are not element of A Course in Miracles as they are not necessary and here’s why: There is a “wrong” ego mind, and a “right” ego mind, both that continue to be area of the same ego side of the split mind. Within the ego mind (error), the incorrect side is most of the negative judgments; and the best side is most of the negative judgments trying to convince you how wonderful it’s to live in this negative world. Neither is the facts of your nature nor where you are trying to return the mind, according to ACIM.
The Law of Cause and Effect is this: Based on the actually use as cause, you might find the corresponding effect. Ideas do not leave their source: You.
Let’s use this example:
Someone is feeling the consequences to be “poor,” or lack, in this world and wants to alter their beliefs to now have “rich” (abundance, prosperity, money) show up. Both “poor” and “rich” are judgments of the ego deploying it as cause which could only produce ego effect. Ego becoming an unstable thought system, what you choose as “rich” will eventually go and you wind up back with “poor.” It’s merely a question of “when.”
The ego’s choice system is: (1) one or one other: (2) poor or rich; and, (3) ego or God. It asks you to decide on between a few things within the ego illusion and not to decide on out of the illusion.
That is in comparison to choosing correction of your head (forgiveness) where both “poor” and “rich” do not exist. A selection for correction of your head allows the Holy Spirit Right Mind to be your cause which affects the you in this world; however, it does not have the consequences you imagine considering that the ego cannot relate. It returns a percentage of your head to peace and ends senseless worry over rich and poor. Additionally, it produces effects in your lifetime here but you’ll have to decide on correction to have them.
Let’s look at how ACIM breaks this all on to a simple group of principles centered on Cause and Effect. It only features a few components and when understood and used, they could be “mind” correcting!
Remember, according to ACIM, your head is split by the ego’s judgment that we might be separate, also referred to as the “tiny mad idea,” or the error that never occurred. This percentage of your head is just hidden in darkness as it banished itself from Knowledge (Heaven and Oneness) when we forgot to laugh off what couldn’t be true. It did not, however, separate.
So in ACIM it’s not about affirmations or changing beliefs, because your head never left God and still resides aware of Him. You can find no “belief” judgments in Love, Oneness, Heaven and Knowledge as everything is the same, all one, and nothing to believe or judge between.
Instead, it is about changing your internal Teacher or rather, who you’re hearing for interpretation of events in this world. The only change is in the option between the split mind (error) of the ego or the Holy Spirit Right Mind (correction) as that internal Teacher.
That is where in actuality the simplicity of use is evident in ACIM because there’s no convincing the ego wrong and right mind of another means of thinking. You only give up what you will no longer want. We do it constantly with ego stuff; and now we only do it with the ego beliefs themselves.
This says everything: Forgiveness is correction of the mind. In ACIM, there’s nothing to forgive because no error has happened, i.e., no separation happened. What you are doing is just returning the mind to God, where it never left, and to its natural state of peace. To do that is just an option that side of the split mind to be controlled by for interpretation of events and turning over the judgments you will no longer want to the Holy Spirit Right Mind for correction (forgiveness).
The Holy Spirit is the solution to the separation put into your head by God and every answer can there be looking forward to you. Atonement, forgiveness, salvation and True Perception are other words which are synonymous. You have to be ready to utilize the Holy Spirit Right Mind for interpretation of events and do the specific work of giving judgments (beliefs) to the side of your head, via your decision maker, because you will no longer want them.
It is actually that simple and only confusing due to the belief that the only choice is between ego judgments of “poor” and “rich,” to make use of the earlier example, and not understanding concerning this third option being available. The decision for True Perception is to decide on neither ego judgment and relinquish both for correction of the mind. This is what is takes to return your head to God.
ACIM is directed at the decision maker in the mind. The entire point is that you’ve an option that side of your head to be controlled by and use for interpretation a course in miracles. That’s all that ever happened to start with. It was an option to listen, believe and choose judgments of the ego that separation happened and the ensuing sin, guilt and fear. Judgments may be dismissed as easily as you dismiss anything else you do not want because they’re not real.
A few things prevent you from relinquishing judgments: (1) your attachment for them as being true and real; and, (2) not acknowledging how you’re feeling keeps them hidden so you do not realize they are judgments.
You do not “feel” in Heaven, Knowledge and Oneness. It’s an experience shared by One.
The decision maker may be the mechanism between the 2 sides of the split mind. It’s neutral, an observer and is something you’ve to employ to view your head and the judgments being created by the ego. Whenever you realize you’ve used something from the ego error of the incorrect or right mind, you need to be ready to hand them to the solution, or the correction, of the Holy Spirit Right Mind. It protects the remainder since the Atonement or solution is already there. No affirmations are necessary. You are simply stopping whatever you will no longer want. It’s, and certainly can, be that easy.
Form and Content:
The final component to understand from A Course in Miracles is form and content. Form is this world and everything in it. In ACIM, form doesn’t matter and is area of the “beliefs” to be turned over. However, you use everything in form, along with the judgments in your head, since the curriculum of what to turn over for correction (forgiveness).
What does matter is content and in ACIM, content may be the mind. The actually are utilizing for interpretation (perception) of men and women, places, and things, etc., counts for everything. You are able to just have one master: (1) the Holy Spirit Right Mind (correction); or, (2) the ego wrong mind (error) and that features both interpretations of the ego mind.
In conclusion, think about the simplicity of ACIM which is really a Course in training the mind how to perceive properly. You should return your head to peace because the Kingdom of God is peace and you can’t start to see the doorway from judgment. You simply see peace in peace and while sharing peace with everyone.
All ACIM says is you’ve the willingness to learn to try this, study the ideas and then put it into practice. The help you need will appear; nevertheless you, my friend, must do the job with this inward journey back into the mind.
The Law of Cause and Effect is the proper execution, or mind, you’re using for interpretation is going to be your effect in this world. It will affect you in other ways by returning the mind back again to back to peace where you eventually start to see the illusion of choice, because no separation occurred, and choose to give it up once and for all.