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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.

28. True perception vs false perception

False perception is not merely a state in which you have illusions ABOUT the world. It’s a state in which TWO things are happening: 1) Things which are illusions, false, unreal, are MISTAKEN for things that are real and true. 2) Things which are actually real and true, are MISTAKEN for things which are illusions. BOTH of these are happening. . .

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27. Forgiveness is a state of mind not an activity

"Forgiveness, salvation, Atonement, true perception, all are one. " For the longest time I was told and believed that forgiveness was all about doing something, applying, being practical, trying to change my mind. But this did not add up with what ACIM says. It tells us that forgiveness looks and is still and does nothing. That it recognizes there is no. . .

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26. Miracles are an expression of love

In order to perform a miracle, your mind has to be in a state of love, because miracles are expressions FROM love. Miracle mindedness is a state of love, and when you express from that state your expressions have power, capable of healing others. Love is strong and "there is nothing my holiness cannot do. " Being miracle minded is the. . .

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25. Immortality is your true nature

Accepting your true nature as an immortal being is the conclusion of this course. God created you immortal and you will return to your immortality. Nothing can hurt you. You cannot die. Do not try to prove otherwise or you will seem to suffer an illusion of suffering which does nothing real. "What is immortal cannot BE attacked; what is. . .

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24. The difference between being miracle minded and working miracles

Your miracle WORKING, DOING, PERFORMING, is supposed to restore the right mindedness of SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS *NOT* IN THEIR RIGHT MIND!!!!!!! "We said in a previous section that ***the miracle is an expression*** of miracle-Mindedness. Miracle-Mindedness merely means Right-Mindedness in the sense that we are now using it. Right-Mindedness neither exalts nor depreciates the mind of the miracle worker. . .

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23. The atonement truth - you cannot sin and you haven't

"The miracle establishes you dream a dream, and that its content is not true. This is a crucial step in dealing with illusions. " "Nothing at all has happened but that you have put yourself to sleep, and dreamed a dream in which you were an alien to yourself, and but a part of someone ELSE'S dream. " The VITAL thing thing. . .

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22. The powerful demonstration of Jesus' resurrection

The powerful demonstration of Jesus' resurrection

"We said before that the purpose of the Resurrection was to "demonstrate that no amount of misperception has any influence at all on a Son of God. " This ***demonstration*** ***EXONERATES*** those who misperceive, BY ESTABLISHING BEYOND DOUBT that they have NOT hurt anyone. " The curriculum of ACIM ends in resurrection. Resurrection is the final state prior to going to Heaven. . . .

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21. Be part of the atonement plan as a disciple of Jesus and physician of the Lord

  To accept the atonement for yourself isn't the end. You must help others to awaken also. "29. The miracle restores the Soul to its fullness. By atoning for lack, it establishes perfect protection. The strength of the Soul leaves no room for intrusions. The forgiven are filled with the Soul, and their Soul forgives in return. It is the. . .

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19. There is nothing to learn

In recognition that we are already perfect and were created perfect, it iapparent that we only need to remember and accept that perfection is ALREADY TRUE OF US, in order to awaken. And so I asked Jesus, what about this entire journey into the dream and all the things we seem to have to LEARN? Is there anything to learn?. . .

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18. Revelations indicate God has multiple children

In ACIM Jesus describes that revelation is direct communication between God and one of his creations. It also describes revelation as intensely personal. It also describes revelation as being knowledge which cannot be directly shared, but that God wants us to bring or express the truth of the knowledge to OTHERS. Now, we can do some pretty simple logical reasoning. . .

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17. The selfish atonement

I'm somewhat tired of hearing people say that, given this world is an illusion and doesn't exist, all you need to do is recognize this and disappear off to heaven. This "seems" to make some logical sense, to the ego. This is not only level confusion, it is also selfish. It is the EGO trying to interpret what atonement means,. . .

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16. Willingness to accept the atonement

When there are ego beliefs which say, there is some truth to something opposite to God's truth, you will not be willing, ready, or able, to accept atonement. You'll want to accept it but there will be something in you which objects or nags or gives you a sense of suspiciousness, that something just isn't quite acceptable or true about. . .

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15. The unwillingness to accept the truth

The truth is plain and clear. It can be presented in a perfectly clear manner. It can be spelled out with such logical clarity that anyone in their right mind would have absolutely no problem accepting it makes sense and is true. "No-one can argue with a fact" IF they are in their right mind. However, when someone is not. . .

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14. You are not supposed to only accept the atonement for yourself. You EXTEND IT through miracles

"It is in this that the teacher of God must trust. This is what is really meant by the statement that the one responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself. " Often overlooked here is not just that it is the responsibility of YOU to accept atonement for yourself, but it is the responsibility of a. . .

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13. Accepting the atonement for yourself means sharing it with everyone

Accepting the atonement for yourself means sharing it with everyone

"The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself. This means you recognize that mind is the only creative level, and that its errors are healed by the Atonement. Once you accept this, your mind can only heal. By denying your mind any destructive potential and reinstating its purely constructive powers, you place yourself in. . .

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12. Do we need miracles for our own Atonement?

Do we need miracles for our own Atonement?

Mark asked: "In ACIM Jesus makes the statement “The reason you come before me is that I do not need miracles for my own Atonement, but I stand at the end in case you fail temporarily. ” This implies we do need miracles for our Atonement. Could you possibly expand on that?" In A Course in Miracles, chapter 1, section 3,. . .

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11. How do you accept the atonement and live from it?

How do you accept the atonement and live from it?

John asked: "I often have the experience with the course that i understand the power and truth of what is being presented as i feel from what you wrote about atonement etc, but sincerely meeting the world in the spirit of ‘this hasn’t really happened’ as an actual action or total experience, i’m wondering if you could say how you. . .

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