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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.

1591. The body as a teaching and healing device

The body is a symbol. It teaches either healing and life, or it teaches attack and death. The body symbolizes and represents the attitude of the MIND that is using the body. The body is a SYMBOLIC MESSAGE. When the mind is loving, its message is love and healing. The body TAKES ON THE FORM of this, by showing up as healed,. . .

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1590. Heal yourself and others

The course is really all about healing. It's asking us to heal ourselves, and to heal others. Your mind needs healing because it is confused and insane. When your mind receives healing it becomes able to extend that healing to heal others. "The Disciples (that's YOU, if you are following Jesus's teaching) were officially and specifically told to heal others,. . .

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1589. The myth of perfection in the world

On the level of the physical world, all objects and forms can never be perfect. This is sobering to recognize. It's actually because of the nature of spacetime. In order to have space, or locations, it's necessary that something is in one location and NOT another. It's also therefore necessary that any given object LACKS what any other given object. . .

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1588. Being in the world but not of it

While your physical body is clearly anchored in THIS world, your true self is clearly anchored in ANOTHER world. Your soul, your holy self, is entirely LOCATED in God's Kingdom. "The soul never leaves the sight of God. " The only transition you make is between being BODY (physical) identified, which is the same as believing "I am in the physical. . .

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1587. You are safe in God

"You are safe in God, dreaming of exile, but perfectly capable of waking to reality. " The world we're in offers no safety. It is a world of threat, danger, risk, attack, conflict, vulnerability and damage. "The world is a picture of the crucifixion of God's Son. " "The world was made as an attack on God. " "The world of bodies is. . .

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1586. The power of choice leads to salvation

In ACIM, there is a central pillar which was not clear to me before. It is an unexpected strategy for acheiving salvation, which is pointed to and reinforced over and over again. And in effect is the ONLY way. We may be familiar with the idea that ATONEMENT is the goal. Yes it is. The course also states that atonement,. . .

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1585. The power of your free-will choice

Jesus merely asks us to choose again. To keep choosing again until we make the correct choice. "I must have made a wrong decision because I am not at peace. I made the decision myself but I can choose otherwise. " He tells us that whenever we are not at peace, ie suffering in any form, it is because we have. . .

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1584. Swear not to die you holy son of God

What if you decide that you are not going to die? Immediately this flies in the face of everything the world's population holds as true and inevitable. It flies in the face of an entire weight of collective thoughts and beliefs about what is normal and natural in this universe. You wouldn't be the first to accomplish this either. St. . .

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1583. Whose lives really matter?

If we are really trying not to be racist, then we really need to recognize that people are equal regardless of their body shapes or sizes or colors right? And this means regarding people as NOT bodies. Because the only way to say that all skin colors are equal is to say that people are not their skin colors. Which. . .

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1582. Ego emotions are fake human feelings

There are various feelings you can seem to experience, but they are not real feelings. When you're in the ego, lost and confused, you'll discover a wide variety of different feelings. Ego emotions include sadness, grief, loss, frustration, anger, excitement, guilt, fear, dread, anxiety, worry, hurt, shame, embarrassment, unworthiness, and all kinds of other sensations. These all include some element. . .

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1581. Anger is an attempt to make someone guilty

"Anger takes many forms, but it cannot long deceive those who will learn that love brings no guilt at all, and what brings guilt cannot be love and must be anger. All anger is nothing more than an attempt to make someone feel guilty, and this attempt is the only basis the ego accepts for special relationships. Guilt is the. . .

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1580. Miracles are the way out of hell

If this world is real, then it is a cruel world. And all its paths lead eventually to death. There is no escape in the world. "The world was made that problems could not be escaped. " In this world, when something goes wrong, it stays wrong. Unless you can find a physical solution which seems to solve the problem. But. . .

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1579. Don't eat the animals?

The requirement to eat and get food is built into spacetime, did you know that? If space is the idea that something is "over here and not over there", then the thing over here lacks what is over there. This makes all of spacetime fundamentally lack based. Which means that everything that relies on it, which is all physical matter,. . .

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1578. Your body does not exist

How do you know that you have a body? Do you see it with your body's eyes? Do you hear it with your body's ears? Do you taste it with the body's tongue, touch it with the body's flesh, and smell it with the body's nose? Is this not a completely circular logic within a closed system? You are using. . .

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1577. Recognizing that evil people are not evil

Believing that evil is real, is a mistaken perception. It's actually a failure to recognize what the so-called evil is. Only in a total lack of recognition, does it appear to be "real evil" at all. Without forgiveness, it seems to take on a kind of authenticity, as if it's actually a viable opposite to God, or some kind of. . .

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1576. Thus is the body healed by miracles

A collection of quotes from A Course in Miracles about how and why the body is healed by miracles. "Thus is the body healed by miracles BECAUSE they show the mind MADE sickness, and employed the body to be victim, or EFFECT of what it made. ""The BODY is healed BECAUSE YOU CAME WITHOUT IT and joined the Mind in which all. . .

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1575. What is evil? Does the devil exist?

There is no real evil in God's reality so it does not really exist. But evil is an illusion of something being true that isn't. It's what you get when reality is confused with illusions, and the truth is confused with what is false. Everything becomes switched around. You mistake an illusory thing for a real thing. You think stuff. . .

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1574. The whole world is made of the idea of sin

Jesus's redefinition of terms continues to amaze me. When you suddenly realize that he has a whole different MEANING to a term, it suddenly opens up a whole box of insights. For example "The world of bodies is the world of sin. For only if there were a body is sin possible. " Jesus says that bodies are needed for sin. . . .

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