A course in Miracles (ACIM) is a non-dualistic spirituality which contains a set of guidelines regarding the psychotherapy of the split mind acim. Understanding these metaphysical aspects assists in the practical application of the principles contained in ACIM when making choices. Without actual application, these principles are just ideas; but with application they become an experience, and experience changes everything. The metaphysical portion is a great identifier of the ego’s judgmental thought system as well as a heavenly reminder of what is true about ourselves.
The Un-Healed Mind – the super-unconscious mind is where the “tiny mad idea” of separation began. It is accessible via the conscious awareness of what is going on in your life. The ego doesn’t want you to remember that the idea was just a choice; but the mind remembers where it came from. It naturally returns to peace when you choose the Holy Spirit Right Mind.
The Split Mind – the unconscious mind contains sin, fear and guilt from that original separation idea. This is the basis of the ego’s thought system of judgment as it divides out. Remember the ego’s judgment above: Separation is a sin punishable by death. For having separated, it now places guilt in the mind; and says you must be fearful of the now vengeful God who wants to kill you for what you’ve done. The kill or be killed (one or the other) ego judgments as seen in the sub-conscious and conscious behaviors begin to make sense considering their origin in the mind.
The Right-Mind – the split mind and the two conflicting thought systems is very evident. Compare the two sides to know what you are choosing in any given moment. These very clearly illustrate the psychotherapy of the mind and having lists makes it readily apparent why one system of thinking hurts and the other heals. You can only choose one thought system, or interpretation, at a time because it is always one or the other. You still retain the decision maker. Which one will you choose?
The ego wrong mind is based on judgment and separation from others going back to the original separation idea. That separation sin now punishable by death which also contains the beginning of guilt and fear. When you choose the judgmental ego as cause, your effect is:
The Holy Right Mind is based on sharing and oneness and returning your mind back to the peace of God and out of the illusion of choice. This says that the error never occurred and you are still as God created you. There is nothing else. When you choose the Holy Spirit as cause, your effect is:
I invite you to further study the metaphysical aspects associated with a Course in Miracles. Understanding their ideas and principles helps in applying them to your life as you choose your way out of the illusion. They are a set of guidelines straight from a Course in Miracles that show you what each aspect is all about. More than that, you can consider the origin of both aspects and their respective intentions. When combined with how you truly feel, the ego’s motivations are obvious when compared against the Holy Spirit’s truth.
Knowing what to choose goes a long way but always remember that you are the one who must travel this inner path into the mind. You have to do the actual application of the principles contains in a Course in Miracles and do the work of choosing. It’s as simple as that. ACIM is a Course in mind training!
Resource: Delilah Jaemes at [http://spiritualguidancecoach.com]. Spiritual guidance coaching and counseling using the metaphysical and psychotherapy principles of a Course in Miracles. My goal is to point you in the right direction for a change of internal Teacher. Delilah is available via email, Skype and phone; and she conducts spiritual retreats in both Hawaii and Italy. With each gentle correction, which is really a choice for the Right Mind, a portion of the mind is returned to peace, its rightful and natural place with God. This is a place from where it never left. It could not be returned to peace were this not the natural state. Ideas do not leave their source and you, my friend, are the source. The good news is that there is your heavenly side as well. Please consider choosing again.
In part 2 on the Illusion of choice, we will be discussing further what it means to choose and ultimately why there is no choice. To end the necessity of choice, which makes it so unsettling, is to end the illusion of choice and return to your natural state of peace. Our goal is the same and a Course in Miracles is a set of guidelines for choosing until it is no longer necessary. This is an inward path with many forks and they all lead home.