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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.

41. Truth from the top down

With A Course in Miracles, for most of us the journey starts in darkness. The lessons are designed to gradually lift us up out of the darkness into the light. As we read the text and learn of its instructions, we gradually piece together a clearer picture of what is true and real. Our learning begins to generalize. Things which. . .

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40. Don't accept the world

There is a risk of accepting the world. Because we have to be aware that our perception and beliefs have a lot to do with what we see in the world, or as the world. If we are in ego and we believe the world is real, not an illusion, e. g. war is real, suffering is real, sickness is happening. . .

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39. What if its a dream?

Various things seem to happen in the world. Sometimes seemingly happy things, sometimes tragic. Sometimes things seem to be going well, sometimes they fuck up. There are dramas. There's emotion. People seem to be well, others seem to be dying. There is a whole lot of "material" to react to, respond to, deal with, manage, etc. It all seems plausible. . .

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38. Accepting reality - everything in the Kingdom is still perfect

"This is a very simple course. Perhaps you do not feel that a course which, in the end, teaches nothing more than that only reality is true is necessary. But do you believe it?"Before the separation from God and the fall of man, quite simply you were only as God created you, happily co-creating with God in joy and love. . .

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37. Healing the split mind

When your mind is whole, you are in your right mind, and not in two minds. Being in two minds is what happens when your mind is split in half. What happens in the state of split mindedness is quite interesting. It's not merely that you split off a part of your mind. As you introduce a split, ie a. . .

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36. Transcending the world of suffering

If someone else is having a problem, and you feel concerned, there is something mistaken going on in your mind. There is actually an ego reaction, based on the hierarchy of illusions, which says that based on the perceived severity of the situation, you should be having a certain amount of reaction. Just even perceiving that someone ELSE is having. . .

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35. Your soul is already perfect

YOUR SOUL IS ALREADY PERFECT! "We have also emphasized that man, insofar as the term relates to Soul, has not only been fully Created, but also been created perfect. There is no emptiness in him. ""The Soul always remains changeless, because it never leaves the sight of God. ""The soul is in a state of grace forever. Man's reality is ONLY his. . .

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34. You have a permanent self which will not end

This false non-duality idea of "you don't have a self" is not part of ACIM itself and is only something that people have projected onto it in attempting to mis-understand it. You DO have a self, a PERMANENT soul, which God created. There is a you in Heaven. God loves YOU and always will. Being in ego, it really means. . .

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33. Some things are possible only in heaven

There are some things which ACIM states are not possible in this world, and which is only possible upon leaving this world, leaving the body, and returning to Heaven with God. 1. Creation2. Your creations3. Totally freed will4. Knowledge5. Eternal Life6. The peace of God 7. Communion with God 8. Extension of Spirit 9. Oneness with the Sonship and God 10. . . .

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31. The secret of salvation is based on your free will

Let's say that you have totally free will, and I also have totally free will. That means that there you are FREE FROM my will. It literally means I CANNOT do anything to you. There you are, fully causal, fully choosing, and whatever you will happens, and whatever you don't will doesn't happen. So there is no room or scenario. . .

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30. You are free

You have free will. “All loving creation is freely given. ” God has given you freedom. You can choose. There was nothing to really choose “between” in reality, until you dreamed of an alternative. God did not stop you from dreaming. He didn’t frown at you. He didn’t judge you. He didn’t tell you you were wrong, sinful, and shouldn’t be. . .

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29. God is with you always

This might sound obvious and a no-brainer, but it can be quite obscure to both realize and believe and accept that God is with you at all times. Like, intimately inside you. It can feel safer, for example, to relate to the Holy Spirit or Jesus, keep an abstract, nebulous idea of God further afield at a distance. After all,. . .

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28. Transcending what's happening? Being at peace?

Let's talk a bit about this notion that all you have to do is transcend "what's happening" in order to be at peace. The major assumption here is that stuff is happening "on its own". The world is ticking over, events are occurring out of nowhere, no-one is necessarily responsible for making anything happen, attack thoughts pop into the mind. . .

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27. The entire world is absolutely nothing

"There is no world. This is the central lesson the course would attempt to teach. " You may not realize what this implies. But consider this. It means that this entire world, planet Earth, its surrounding environment, the sun, all the stars and galaxies, which you made, you are dreaming of. And that means none of them really exist. It means. . .

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26. A completely new model of a course in miracles

I've come up with a new model of ACIM which promises to resolve numerous contradictions and potentially unite the two major camps: those who believe they can experience heaven while in the dream, and those who believe heaven is elsewhere. In this model, think of "the world you made" as a room with no windows, like a prison cell. You. . .

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25. How to recognize illusions for what they are

"Illusions recognized must disappear. " Let's say there is a monster behind the door. It's dark back there, and there was a strange noise. Something seemed to move. Because of the darkness, there is a lack of ability to see clearly, and things are obscure. You're having to make evaluations based on a lack of clarity and not having all the. . .

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24. You are permanently immortal and you can prove it

"Against this sense of temporary existence, the Soul offers the knowledge of permanence and unshakeable BEING. No one who has experienced the revelation of this can ever fully believe in the ego again. How can its meager offering to you prevail against the glorious gift of God?" "You look for permanence in the impermanent; for love where there is none;. . .

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