This article begins a set on which 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 ability of dualism does take time to learn and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can achieve this unlearning-learning process. Correction is only in your brain 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 actually 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’s in competition with God. Since we’re all the same, we’re actually competing with everyone all the time until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the thought of competition. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not because the ego’s agenda is that we don’t remember that the point given anything is in your brain from choosing with God or the ego. To restore 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’s the voice for being 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 message of a course in miracles, we cannot be in conflict on any level for the right-mind itself is conflict-free. There is a distinction between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.
We’ve no honesty when we use spiritual specialness once we are saying we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This is a defense against the contrary and we will be discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen may be the antithesis of the Course’s message.
To keep this discussion, let’s start out with some word symbol definitions. We will look at both the 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 directly to spiritual specialness.
The Ego’s Miracle:
In the dictionary, the term symbol definition for “miracle” is: “An astonishing or welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.” The meaning 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.” This is why forms don’t need correction but alternatively your brain 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 make himself special to get noticed by God. As long as we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner with this world.
A typical mistake to get noticed here by God is to believe that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). Based on the ego, if we have a good life, we avoid punishment but you’ll find so many versions (forms) of a good life so that’s high in judgment. Again, changing forms make error real because it applies judgment any particular one form is better while condemning another.
There is no life outside of Heaven. Purpose is in your brain; and our life’s purpose is to learn 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 is not with 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 very long as a result of what all a miracle accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to fully understand the miracle, spend 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 book called, “The 50 Miracle Principles of A Course in Miracles.” For the goal of this brief article, it’s sufficient for all of us to incorporate these into the discussion:
“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction because it has no section 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 a 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 section of a person that enables them to be aware of their world and their experiences, to think and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is a key point which reveals the decision being made with the ego wrong mind.
Intelligence is defined as, “The capability to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the entire world real (error real) by making use of judgment any particular one form is better than another. When we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only correction because it has no section of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).
How quickly intelligence gets used as a weapon through spiritual specialness to contend with God is astounding. We believe we’re following the Holy Spirit’s guidance when it’s actually the ego god. Like, everywhere we use intelligence to handle other people’s issues which is really a blame projection. You can find no “other people’s issues” unless we first rely on separation and differences and desire to see our repressed guilt in another. Everyone and everything is a part of our mind. Further, to claim it’s our job to handle or correct other’s issues take specialness to an even more arrogant level of being chosen by God. We are literally saying with this ego that we may do the Holy Spirit’s job better than Him which takes out a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, the most massive in separation between God and our brothers.
The intellect is also at fault 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 truly need the Voice for God. This really is another indicate be discussed in a future 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 any of this mean that we may not require boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In fact, it’s unkind not to possess boundaries when spiritual specialness gets control since it has such massive arrogance of someone believing they are better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful due to the total belief in lack.