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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.

132. The problem of over-simplifying oneness

"And reason now can lead you to the logical conclusion of your union. It must extend, as you extended when you joined. " Some of us like to describe reality as oneness, or perhaps that "its all God", or "non-duality". A state with no separations or differences. But there is a problem with this. If you take something and you "boil. . .

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131. Reason, logic and why there is no world

When something is logical, you start with a premise, and then as the nature of this premise "extends", it produces logical conclusions. The conclusions that will come from this premise are really established in the premise itself. The limitations or scope of the premise determines what can come from it, and what comes from it is completely in accord with. . .

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130. You cannot see both worlds!

There is a clear teaching in ACIM that there are TWO worlds, and you can ONLY see one of the two in its entirety at any given time. Seeing one, REQUIRES you NOT TO SEE the other. You CANNOT see both of them in full simultaneously. And each of them uses a different KIND of vision, designed ONLY to see. . .

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129. Unwillingness is the ego's version of free will

"An unwilling will does not mean anything, because it is a contradiction in terms which actually leaves nothing. You can make yourself powerless only in a way that has NO MEANING AT ALL. When you think you are unwilling to will with God, you are not thinking. God's will IS thought. It cannot be contradicted by thought. " "And His Sons,. . .

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128. The course is more than words

While ACIM, as a book, is a collection fo words, these words are twice removed from reality. They are symbols of symbols. Jesus, who wrote the material, was not operating on a level of symbols upon symbols, or even a level of symbols. He is operating from a level of total awareness and experience of truth. He is in heaven,. . .

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127. 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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126. 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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125. 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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124. Many opinions on the truth? The first law of chaos

"The first chaotic law is that the truth is different for everyone. Like all these principles, this one maintains that each is separate, and has a different set of thoughts which sets him off from others. This principle evolves from the belief there is a hierarchy of illusions; some are more valuable, and therefore true. And each establishes this for. . .

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123. The supernatural nature of miracles

God's Kingdom is the level of primary reality. We then made a SECOND world, with the power of our minds. When we made the world we also invented all the rules of the world, all of the laws of physics, all of the ways spacetime would function, and populated it with every object and body and planet and galaxy. What. . .

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122. Are you wiling to let God define the truth?

”Yet in this learning is salvation born. And what you are will TELL you of Itself. ” “I am come to tell you that the choice of which is true is not yours. ” I consider myself fairly devoted to ACIM. My attitude about is that it contains an expression of Truth, and that Jesus knows what the truth is. I have. . .

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121. The difference between horizontal and vertical perception

There is one reference to "vertical perception" in ACIM, as part of miracle principle 41. Jesus says: "41. The miracle is a learning device which lessens the need for time. The sudden shifts from horizontal to vertical perception which the miracle entails introduces an interval from which the doer and the receiver both emerge much farther along in time than. . .

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120. Nothing real can be threatened

Nothing real can be hurt. Nothing real can be attacked. Nothing real can be damaged. Nothing real can be made sick. Nothing real can ever die. Nothing real can suffer. Nothing real can be afraid. Nothing real can commit a crime. Nothing real can be sinful. Nothing real can be guilty. Nothing real can be punished. Nothing real can be. . .

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119. What is time? Is it eternity? Is time reality? God's creation?

WHAT IS TIME? IS IT ETERNITY? IS TIME REALITY? GOD's CREATION? There have been a couple of posts here talking about time, and speculating with wishful-thinking that time is eternal or a creation of God. This is not true. The course is very clear on this. "Time and Eternity cannot both be real, because they contradict each other. " - ACIM"For. . .

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117. Get the fact straight!

There are some basic facts in the course. These facts are completely clear cut, black and white. They do not have any exceptions. There is no “maybe” to them. They are so perfectly defined and clear that all you can do is either accept them or deny them. Such is the truth. e. g. The fact is, God is eternal. So. . .

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116. God can only create in his own likeness - Creation is extension and inheritance

Here is the simple LAW OF GOD’S EXTENSION. 1. God can ONLY create (cause) that which is LIKE HIM (as the source), made OF HIM (same substance), with the same inherited abilities. 2. What God creates must be able to do what God does. It must SHARE all of God’s properties, AND pass them on fully to its own creations. . . .

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115. Take back your power!

ACIM is simple. You've given your power away to illusions which have no power of their own. You have projected causality outside yourself, making you an effect. You think the world is responsible for causing you, so you try to persuade it to cause you in ways you prefer. This is all backwards. Reverse this causality and you're done. We. . .

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