In line with the Course in Miracles
Have you ever heard the expression “it really is what it is”? What does that expression mean exactly?
Before I understood the deeper meaning of this expression, I envisioned an emaciated yogi guru in the lotus position floating above the bottom imperiously imparting wisdom that would take scholars multiple lifetimes to interpret. Seeing as how this is my last life on the planet and the lotus position would put me in traction, I knew that consulting the Course In Miracles would help me clarify its meaning.
What’s the IT that people are writing about here? In line with the Course in Miracles, IT is truth, specifically God’s truth. Exactly why is it important to emphasize that it is God’s truth? Because God’s truth is not available to interpretations whereas a human’s facts are. Multiple versions of human truth have lead to a myriad of religions. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia defines religion as a “system of thought, feeling, and action that is shared by a group and that provides the members an object of devotion.”
Who devised the machine of thought? On whose feelings are these thoughts based? Are actions really necessary? According to the Course In Miracles, God just is and our ultimate goal would be to return to a perfect state of being. There is no thought or action in the state of being, you just are. What must not be forgotten is the underlying thread of all religions: God is creator, God is love and we all have been perfect and infinite children of God.
Most think it is very unsettling to consider the idea that choice is in fact an illusion, or the illusion of preference, as stated in A Course in Miracles (ACIM). You make choices everyday, so the idea of choice not being real seems highly illogical also to say the least, improbable, given its consistent daily use. Although choice is necessary while you are here, it ultimately remains part of the illusion and isn’t an integral part of God. Choice is unsettling as you believe it to be necessary, not because it is an illusion.”
It stands to reason that you are in what you think about as this world as you have made a decision, or choice, for this world to be real. In the event that you keep on making that same choice, it keeps on becoming more and more real. ACIM clearly points out that ideas usually do not leave their source. Who then will be the source? What choices are you currently really making?
Choice, Perception and Judgment:
You think this world is real because you made the choice to trust the ego’s version of reality from the initial separation. Those initial perceptions are followed by the next choice which is to judge the outcomes, thereby producing further consequences which reinforce the belief in this world. It’s a vicious, no-win cycle. As you perceive you will judge; so when you judge you will perceive. Error is manufactured real by this simple twisted deception. Withdraw your choice to believe in the outcomes and the error could be corrected.
Choice and Source:
Can you not then be the source since you will be the one making the choice to believe? You do not remember that original separation; however, you are making choices now, and you are doing so all the time. Every moment you are choosing between thoughts, feelings and ideas, etc. If it is not you, then who do you want to claim is responsible? Be careful, because claiming another is responsible is really blame and you have no power to change if you think another is in control. un curso de milagros en espanol You’re simply making yourself a victim. Both these are ego tricks.
Accepting responsibility for everything, including choice and its consequences is the fastest way to change. This allows one to choose again because you can see the outcomes and realize that you must have chosen in error. It is your thoughts and beliefs combined with decision, or choice, to create them true that becomes the effect of what you see in your world. The Law of Cause and Effect is very simple: In line with the mind you pick from, as cause, you will see the corresponding effect.
As long as as you’ve got a split mind, you are constantly choosing between your wrong mind of the ego (error) and the proper Mind of the Holy Spirit (correction). You will notice the effect according to the choice of actually use as cause. You cannot have two masters. In the ego world, it will always be one or another. Choosing the correction of the Holy Spirit undoes the error of the ego and returns your brain to the peace of God. This technique is also referred to as forgiveness.
Choice for Correction:
Forgiveness is only your mind being returned, or corrected, back again to the Truth because you decide for it to be this way. Handing over the ego’s judgments corrects the mind and correction is what? Forgiveness. A different cause results in another effect.
Choice is, therefore, necessary in this illusion since there is something to select between. However, the best use of choice is served by knowing both error and correction sides of the split mind, or what you are choosing between. Then, simply remember that your goal would be to return the mind to True Perception and choose again! It will help to keep at heart the coinciding terms for True Perception: Correction, forgiveness, salvation, atonement, truth, Holy Spirit and God. There is no difference.