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A Course in Miracles teachings, insights, inspiration and clarification by Paul West. Learn more about ACIM on a wide variety of topics through our ongoing blog posts.

1629. Understanding contradictions in ACIM

In ACIM Jesus sometimes says things which SOUND contradictory, but they are not. He will claim one thing, then claim another, sometimes in the same sentence. And it will sound like the two things are totally opposite. So then you'll tend to conclude only one of the two statements can be true. But this is a mistake. Here are some. . .

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1628. Unwillingness is the ego's version of free will

"An unwilling will does not mean anything, because it is a contradiction in terms which actually leaves nothing. You can make yourself powerless only in a way that has NO MEANING AT ALL. When you think you are unwilling to will with God, you are not thinking. God's will IS thought. It cannot be contradicted by thought. " "And His Sons,. . .

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1626. To forgive the body is to overlook it, which heals it

"To forgive is to OVERLOOK. " Your mind in its natural healthy state, extends outwards and joins with other minds, connecting to them intimately. Your mind extends past your body, past the body of others, and joins with the holiness in them. It shares itself with them and thus unites with the Holy Spirit in them. But if your mind is. . .

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1625. What is a brother?

A brother is an equal sibling, who shares the same parent as you. Right? Yes. So in order for there to be brothers, there has to be more than two children coming from the same parent, right? Yes. When the children exist as brothers, does the parent become obliterated? No, of course not. Does the fact that there are brothers,. . .

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1624. Repairing your broken relationship with God

The secret of salvation tells us that we are doing everything to ourselves, but this is often used only to try to "re-frame" the stuff we thought other people were doing to us. If we open it up, there's a bigger picture here. It's really actually about our RELATIONSHIP with God and with ourselves and our brothers. We need to. . .

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1623. Changing your perception of the world

At first we believe physical sight is perception. And everything the body's eyes look upon is taken as real. And thus we learn that the world appears to be an inherently bad place. Regardless of trying to be optimistic or positive, bad shit happens frequently. And people seem to die. Assuming that everything we see is real, we might not. . .

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1622. The vanishing forgiven world

When the world is seen with false perception, that is, with the body's eyes being believed and seeing nothing else, blinded by perception of form, the world seems like a dark prison and God is nowhere. When you lift up and see with Christ Vision, or true perception, which is a spiritual seeing by the mind itself, not dependent on. . .

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1621. The translation of the world

There are some parts of the course which suggest that if you will just change HOW you look at the world, or what meaning you GIVE it, suddenly seemingly horrifying scenes are interpreted as healed and lovely. Obviously this loveliness MUST transcend the FORM of what is happening, because a broken leg is still a broken leg, and an explosion. . .

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1620. The world is in your mind

When we are introduced to this world, it is through false perception. That means we SEEM to "see it with" the body's eyes, and we believe the body's way of seeing. And the body shows us the world of form, which is cruel and dark and a place of death. We do not even realize our mind is in any. . .

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1618. The perfect choice

"Real choice is no illusion. But the world has none to offer. " Whenever you are presented with a choice in this world, you'll find it always entails an impossible situation. It's not "you" that is making choices difficult, it is the nature of the world. "It is the world you see that is impossible. " Option A will offer something which. . .

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1617. Shine your light into your brother's mind to heal them

You are quite literally A LIGHT. "The Thought God holds of you is like a star, unchangeable in an eternal sky. " Like a giant magnificent powerful light bulb. You have a brightness. You shine. You radiate light. You are a light being, shining brightly in heaven. "Who is the light of the world except God's Son?" "It is not humility. . .

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1616. Your natural relationship with God

There is a divine order to your creation. God is the primary source and creator. Without him nothing exists, not even you. God created you. Just to be clear, that means everything that you are, everything that you have, everything you are capable of, came solely from God. You did not receive any attributes from the environment, from food, from. . .

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1615. Sending love to someone heals you both

It may be the most counter-intuitive, impossible thing you can imagine, but if you are feeling like shit, the best thing you can do is to send love to someone. That sounds like a tall order, in fact maybe seemingly the hardest thing you could do at the time. Because it you feel shit then you really don't want to. . .

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1614. Life sucks and then you wake up

The world was made to die. It is hell. Bad shit happens, sooner or later. Everything breaks down, suffers, dies in the end. It's an insane world. However. When a whole shit ton of bad shite happens, and it keeps coming, at first it seems to attack all the defenses you made against its nature. All your safeties are called. . .

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1613. The world is dead and can never be your home

If you'll take a look, willingly, for a while, you'll notice that everything in the world goes wrong sooner or later. The food goes moldy. The leaves die off. The cars break down. The tv stops working. The shoes develop a hole. The carpet gathers dirt. The river drowns someone. The volcanos explode. The lightning strikes a cow. Suns go. . .

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1612. The world will always disappoint you

Let's take a good hard look at something that very few people want to ever admit. Something dark and awful, but true. Planet Earth, and the rest of this universe, were made in a thought of opposition to Heaven. This was an attempt to make hell real, by dreaming up a world that runs completely opposite to the beautiful divine. . .

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