A Course In Miracles teaches that everyone is God's holy child. We are all equal. Even Jesus is our equal. ACIM teaches that the physical world we appear to be in was not created by God, but is an illusion of our own making. It is a manifestation of our false belief in separation. It is literally a dream we are dreaming. Our job, while here in physical reality, is to accept this and learn how to prepare ourselves to wake up to our Reality which is the Christ.A Course In Miracles teaches us that there is a Voice for God in our minds that is always talking to us, telling us that we are: unlimited, one with all life, eternal, and literally invulnerable. That Voice is the Holy Spirit. There is another voice in our minds that we made up that lies to us and tells us we are: limited, separate, mortal, and vulnerable. That voice is the ego. A primary focus of ACIM is to teach us how to tell these two voices apart. Once we do that we must choose to listen to the Holy Spirit and trust the Holy Spirit's counsel. We will always hear the voice of the ego while here in the dream but we should not accept it's guidance or counsel about anything. ACIM is not about the death of the ego, but how to properly relate to it.
Since we are actually dreaming the physical world and everything in it, all our many brothers and sisters are part of that dream as well. They are behaving just as we have asked them to. As such, having grievances about them is having a grievance about ourselves. When we hold onto grievances we attack ourselves and we feel: weak, vulnerable and have pain accordingly. A major part of the ACIM teaching is learning how to let go of all of our grievances. We do this by a practice of "complete forgiveness" which is different from what is usually called forgiveness in the world. Complete forgiveness starts by our realizing that whatever is happening, we have asked for. We then offer up our perceptions and thoughts about the reality of the grievance to the Holy Spirit and ask for a new perception to be given us. Once the Holy Spirit gives us this new perception we must choose it as ours. This is how grievances are truly let go. Since our brothers and sisters bring us these forgiveness lessons, our relationships are actually our salvation. When not bringing us forgiveness and grievance lessons, are brothers and sisters give us opportunities to celebrate our joy and our eternal nature, thus strengthening our belief in them. ACIM is literally salvation through relationships.
A Course In Miracles has a strong focus on healing. We heal by recognizing the eternal Spirit in ourselves and in all our brothers and sisters. We let Holy Spirit guide us as to what to do in the physical world to manifest the healing of ourselves and others. Frequently this spiritual healing produces shifts in the appearance of physical reality – such as shifts in the appearance of the health or sickness of our body and the bodies of others. Sometimes this spiritual healing does not produce such shifts in appearance. We are asked to believe in the truth of the healing regardless of the appearance of "symptoms." The "miracle" is the mental shift in perception. It frequently has observable effects but not always.
A Course In Miracles teaches us to be patient with our spiritual healing process and not to judge it in any way. We have no way of knowing how far along we are on the path.
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