The beauty and simplicity of A TRAINING COURSE in Miracles (ACIM) really shines through among its major principles: The Law of Cause and Effect. This is different from the Law of Attraction, a subject which so much has been written about these last couple of years. ACIM answers not merely why things will be the way they are with the mind, but also how exactly to implement these mind corrections had a need to change your daily life. What it ultimately comes down to is the choice to change beliefs while residing in this world, or the decision to correct the mind and return home.
Affirmations are not part of A TRAINING COURSE in Miracles because they are not necessary and here’s why: You will find a “wrong” ego mind, and a “right” ego mind, both which are still part of the same ego side of the split mind. Within the ego mind (error), the wrong side is all the negative judgments; and the right side is all of the negative judgments trying to convince you how wonderful it is to live within this negative world. Neither is the truth of one’s nature nor what your location is trying to return your mind, according to ACIM.
REGULATIONS of Cause and Effect is this: Based on the mind you use as cause, you will notice the corresponding effect. Ideas do not leave their source: You.
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Let’s use this example:
Someone is feeling the consequences to be “poor,” or lack, in this world and really wants to change their beliefs to now have “rich” (abundance, prosperity, money) show up. Both “poor” and “rich” are judgments of the ego using it as cause which can only produce ego effect. Ego as an unstable thought system, what you choose as “rich” will eventually go and you end up back with “poor.” It’s only a question of “when.”
The ego’s choice system is: (1) one or the other: (2) poor or rich; and, (3) ego or God. It asks one to choose between two things within the ego illusion rather than to choose out of the illusion.
This is as opposed to choosing correction of the mind (forgiveness) where both “poor” and “rich” do not exist. A choice for correction of the mind allows the Holy Spirit Right Mind to be your cause which affects the you in this world; however, it generally does not have the consequences you imagine since the ego cannot relate. It returns a portion of your brain to peace and ends senseless worry over rich and poor. In addition, it produces effects in your life here but you must choose correction to experience them.
Let’s look at how ACIM breaks this all into a simple group of principles predicated on Cause and Effect. It only includes a few components so when understood and used, they can be “mind” correcting!
Remember, according to ACIM, the mind is split by the ego’s judgment that we could be separate, also known as the “tiny mad idea,” or the error that never occurred. This portion of the mind is simply hidden in darkness since it banished itself from Knowledge (Heaven and Oneness) whenever we forgot to laugh off what cannot be true. It didn’t, however, separate.
So in ACIM it isn’t about affirmations or changing beliefs, as the mind never left God and still resides aware of Him. You can find no “belief” judgments in Love, Oneness, Heaven and Knowledge as everything may be the same, all one, and nothing to trust or judge between.
Instead, it is about changing your internal Teacher or rather, who you’re hearing for interpretation of events nowadays. The only change is in the decision between your split mind (error) of the ego or the Holy Spirit Right Mind (correction) as that internal Teacher.
That’s where the simplicity is evident in ACIM because there’s no convincing the ego wrong and right mind of another way of thinking. You simply quit what you no more want. We do it all the time with ego stuff; and today we just take action with the ego beliefs themselves.
This says it all: Forgiveness is correction of the mind. In ACIM, there is nothing to forgive because no error has happened, i.e., no separation happened. What you are doing is simply returning your mind to God, where it never left, and to its natural state of peace. To achieve that is simply a choice of which side of the split mind to listen to for interpretation of events and turning on the judgments so long as desire to the Holy Spirit Right Mind for correction (forgiveness).
The Holy Spirit may be the solution to the separation put into the mind by God and every answer is there looking forward to you. Atonement, forgiveness, salvation and True Perception are other words that are synonymous. You need to be willing 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 brain, via your decision maker, because you no longer want them.
It really is that easy and only confusing due to the belief that the only real choice is between ego judgments of “poor” and “rich,” to utilize the earlier example, and not understanding relating to this third option being available. The choice for True Perception is to choose neither ego judgment and relinquish both for correction of the mind. This is what is takes to return your brain to God.
ACIM is targeted at your choice maker in the mind. The complete point is that you’ve got a choice of which side of the mind to listen to and use for interpretation. That’s all that ever happened in the first place. It was a choice to listen, believe and choose judgments of the ego that separation happened and the ensuing sin, guilt and fear. Judgments could be dismissed as easily as you dismiss anything else you don’t want because they’re not real.
A couple of things stop you from relinquishing judgments: (1) your attachment to them as being true and real; and, (2) not acknowledging the way you feel keeps them hidden which means you don’t realize they are judgments.
You don’t “feel” in Heaven, Knowledge and Oneness. It is an event shared by One.
The decision maker may be the mechanism between your two sides of the split mind. It really is neutral, an observer and is something you must employ to watch your brain and the judgments being made by the ego. Once you realize you have used something from the ego error of the wrong or right mind, you need to be willing to hand them to the perfect solution is, or the correction, of the Holy Spirit Right Mind. It requires care of the rest because the Atonement or solution is already there. No affirmations are essential. You are simply quitting that which you no longer want. It is, and certainly can, be so easy.
Form and Content:
The last component to know from A Course in Miracles is form and content. Form is this world and everything in it. In ACIM, form does not matter and is the main “beliefs” to be turned over. However, you utilize everything in form, combined with the judgments in your mind, as the curriculum of what things to turn over for correction (forgiveness).
What does matter is content and in ACIM, content may be the mind. The mind you are using for interpretation (perception) of people, places, and things, etc., counts for everything. It is possible to only have one master: (1) the Holy Spirit Right Mind (correction); or, (2) the ego wrong mind (error) and which includes both interpretations of the ego mind.
In conclusion, think about the simplicity of ACIM which is a Course in training your brain how exactly to perceive properly. You need to return the mind to peace because the Kingdom of God is peace and you also cannot see the doorway from judgment. You only see peace in peace even though sharing peace with everyone.
All ACIM says is you have the willingness to learn how to do this, study the ideas and then put it into practice. The help you need will arrive; but you, my friend, must do the task of the inward journey back into the mind.
The Law of Cause and Effect is the form, or mind, you’re using for interpretation will undoubtedly be your effect in this world. It will affect you in other ways by returning your brain back to back again to peace where you eventually see the illusion of preference, because no separation occurred, and choose to give it up once and for all.