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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.

39. God is not affected by the separation

"What God DOES know is that His communication channels are not open to Him, so that He cannot impart His joy and know that His Children are wholly joyous. This is an ongoing process, not in time, but in eternity. God's extending outward, though not His completeness, is blocked when the Sonship does not communicate with Him as one. So. . .

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38. Heaven is a place, and a state of mind. Heaven is for real

Some people say heaven is not a place. It’s usually based around the quote “heaven is an awareness of perfect oneness. ” This is one of those things where you have to look at what other quotes say to build a full picture. Logically, this world that you think is a place, is not a place, because it is an opposite. . .

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37. Let's talk about life forms (forms of error)

This includes the kittens and puppies and adorable farm animals and all the wild creatures of the earth, including the human bodies and aliens. I would like to know if you find it difficult to let go of the idea that these "creatures" are real, that they are "alive", that they were somehow "made by God", or that they even. . .

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36. God created many minds - there are many dreamers

Here are examples of ACIM quotes which specifically speak to God having created many minds. This means, these minds are REAL, are PERMANENT, and are NOT part of the ego dream of separation. This is part of why “one mind” or “one dreamer” is false. There is not just one dreamer any more than there is just one mind. This is. . .

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35. God is a creator of free-willed beings

The main thing I don't really like about ideas of non-duality and oneness, is that it really ignores the CREATIVE qualities of God. If there is only God, and there is nowhere to go, and nothing to do, and God is just sitting there by himself, as a "oneness", in which there is no "duality" or separations of any kind,. . .

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34. God created many separate beings

In this passage from “creation and communication”, Jesus talks about how God created us as individual beings and minds. There are more than *35* references to multiple sons/minds/creations/individuals in this section alone. These mentions are not metaphors or concepts. Heaven actually DOES contain multiple minds, and each mind is responsible for choosing freely to do God’s will. This is why. . .

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33. ACIM is STILL not non-duality

Here is even more proof. God created free-willed individual souls. That is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE if God is purely a concept of "no parts" or "a single thing". Even ONENESS cannot mean "one thing", because a "one thing" does NOT create "separate beings" as quoted below. Nor can the son of God dream WITHOUT God being part of the dreaming, if. . .

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31. The dead world - this world is not heaven

This world is part of death. Heaven, in which there is eternal life, is the only "place" where there is life. Everything this side of the separation idea, which includes this entire universe, this planet, and all bodies, is part of the idea of an opposite to life, thus death. This is why it's a "dream of death". Everything in. . .

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30. What is the real world? A perception of heaven from outside of it

I'm trying to clarify what the real world is or it not. I'm just going to waffle on about it here as I look at each quote. "The real world is a symbol, like the rest of what perception offers. Yet it stands for what is opposite to what you made. This suggests the real world is something perceptual because. . .

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28. Heaven is not a place? Earth is not a place!!

When Jesus said heaven is not a place he meant only it is not part of spacetime. In the following section He talks about this. Notice the section is called “beyond the body”, not staying in the body. “VI. Beyond the Body1 There is nothing outside you. That is what you must ultimately learn, for it is the realization that. . .

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27. Demonstrating Heaven

If it is true that we are still as God created us, and we are still immortal spirit, and nothing has happened, then if we were to fully express this truth in this world, we would show up in a "perfect" healthy form with no sign of corruption or decay or sickness. Jesus asks that we do this, because if. . .

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26. Stop becoming spiritual - you are already perfect in God

When God created you, He created you perfect. You were created whole, complete, absolutely divine and lacking nothing. He created you incapable of sin, capable only of extending love and joy. It is IMPOSSIBLE for you to change what you are, what God created, your identity, your nature, or anything about you. It is LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE for you to BE. . .

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25. You are as God created you

God has created you as an infinite, immortal soul, who is perfectly complete and lacking nothing. There is nothing that you need to add to yourself to improve yourself or to make yourself in any way better than God created. You are lacking nothing at all. You are perfect. God created you as a beautiful soul filled with love and. . .

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24. ACIM IS NOT PURE NON-DUALITY - PURE NON-DUALITY IS BULLSHIT

When we talk of duality, non-duality, pure-non-duality, we're talking concepts. Duality means polar opposites (good/bad, right/wring, up/down etc) Non-duality usually means both opposites are one thing. This also usually means the opposites still exist, ie the world is real, but it's all one thing. Close to a Buddhist teaching for example. Pure-non-duality typically means the world doesn't exist at all,. . .

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23. Do I really know anything?

So often I believe I know. I think that I have the facts or the information. Or that I have experiene. Or that my assumptions are true. Or that I know better than someone else. Or that they are wrong so I must be right. But I am reminded to ask myself, do I really, REALLY know? I mean, do I. . .

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22. God does not create conflicting creations, only Heaven is Real, Earth an illusion

God does not create conflicting creations, only Heaven is Real, Earth an illusion

"He (God) did not make two minds, with Heaven as the glad effect of one, and earth the other's sorry outcome which is Heaven's opposite in every way. God does not suffer conflict. Nor is His creation split in two. How could it be His Son could be in hell, when God Himself established him in Heaven?" God did not. . .

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