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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.

1570. The physical atonement and resurrection of the body

"Only the mind AND body need atonement. " So long as the effects of sin remain, there is evidence which proves and teaches that your brother DID COMMIT A SIN, and therefore is NOT exonerated. Only by healing your body and removing the consequences of attack can he be innocent. Your healed body teaches him HIS innocence AND heals HIS body,. . .

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1569. The effects of sin must be undone!

If the EFFECTS of sin remain and are not healed or undone, there remains PROOF that SIN HAPPENED. This is not good enough. Jesus states clearly that these effects continue to condemn your brother. PHYSICAL SIN has to be undone through miracles. The effects of sin MUST BE REVERSED. Miracles reverse EVERYTHING that the world says can NEVER BE UNDONE. . . .

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1568. Complete forgiveness is accepting atonement

In ACIM, Jesus spells out that forgiveness and atonement are the same thing, and so is true perception. These are all a state in which there is recognition, accurate perception, and a forgiving attitude which sees that there is no sin. Or moreso, it is the acknowledgment and re-acceptance of God's truth and the willingness to accept your permanent innocence,. . .

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1567. You did not do what you think you did!

Here's something that is very radical to many people. And this will sound crazy and ridiculous. But here is a fact. Anything that seems to happen in this world is taking place in a dream, has NO REAL CONSEQUENCES, and does not cause anything to really happen. Ever! Mind. . . "It dreams of time; an interval in which what seems to. . .

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1565. Selfishness and specialness

"The ego is the idea of selfishness. " At the very foundation of the entire ego thought system is the idea of selfishness. But more accurately, it is the idea of not sharing. It's an idea of being exclusive, the ownership of something which is considered "yours alone", and inaccessible to others. "You had everything when you were created, just as. . .

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1564. The making of a separated self

As Jesus says, "the separation has occurred". The separation is another name for the fall of man. We did in fact "fall asleep" and dream of another world in which we believed in and thus made/maintained "en ego". It has not been fully created because it is not created, but made. But we DID have the tiny mad idea and. . .

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1563. Undoing effects by removing the cause

Cause produces effects. This is God's permanent law, without exception. It applies everywhere always. There is a secret to performing miracles based on this, resulting in the undoing of effects. This is directly tied into the Atonement and The Miracle. "the word "atone" really means "undo. " (remove illusory effects) "The miracle does nothing. All it does is to undo (removes. . .

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1562. The fake emotions of the ego

The only real feelings are those whose nature is in alignment with God's, and which apply to and are shared with everyone equally, openly and freely. These include love, joy, happiness, peace. There are other feelings, which arise in and of the ego, such as guilt, fear, grief, loss, unhappiness, sadness, gratification, loneliness, abandonment, unworthiness, etc. In every case, all. . .

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1561. The fear of permadeath

It's not just death that we fear, it's permanent death. We tried to give all illusions a sense of eternity, constancy, permanence and irreversibility. We aren't just afraid of dying, or that someone will die. We're afraid it will be a total absolute permanent separation from which there is no return, a total annihilation, extermination, utter blotting out of life. . .

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1560. Is the dream dreaming you?

Whatever you believe is the cause of you, you believe is your creator. God is the cause of you, being your creator. When you displace causality and project it outside of yourself, onto the dream world that you are causing, you believe that the world is the cause of you. This now means that you think the world is your. . .

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1559. How to deal with the ego .... love it? detach from it? dis-identify from it? transcend it? change it? heal it?

Jesus says: "I am the teacher of the ego. " He also says "The ego is the idea of selfishness. " Now, consider this. Your mind is either in a state of sanity or a state of mental illness. When mentally ill, YOUR MIND is "being selfish". It believes in specialness. But when that SAME mind chooses not to be selfish, that. . .

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1558. Not recognizing what you're doing

One of the major problems we have is that while in ego, we're in a state of confusion. And that means we've lost sight of what is true and real. This then leads to confusing things which are false with things that are true, and not really knowing what is what. In such a state, it is hard to recognize. . .

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1557. The ego's either-or world vs God's both-and world

Ego's world is run by the egoic thought system, based on an EITHER-OR mindset of separation. God's world is run by God's thought system, based on a BOTH-AND mindset of sharing. EITHER-OR is based on the idea of separation - there is a separation between who has and who has not, who does and who does not, what is and. . .

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1555. The world of sin

"The world of bodies is the world of sin for only if there were a body is sin possible. " The physical world is made of the idea of sin. "The body is the idea of sin made flesh and projected outwards. " Sin is the idea of attempting to attack God. "The world was made as an attack on God". Physical. . .

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1554. The body does not forgive

The body's eyes do not forgive. They do not overlook any illusions. All they see is the forms of error, and everything they look upon is an illusion. They literally are incapable of seeing past illusions at all. Which means they cannot forgive, at all. The body's eyes are completely unforgiving. They are blinded by perception of form. They are. . .

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