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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.

158. 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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157. Mind seems to sleep, dream of a world, then wakes up

This is a pretty deep and abstract passage from lesson 167, “There is one life and that I share with God. ” It speaks of how immortal mind is permanently awake, it thinks of being asleep in which it dreams of a world of spacetime, everything in that dream is nothing with no consequences (there is no world) because it’s a. . .

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156. Miracles are expressions of power and life

A miracle, is actually a THING. It's discreet thing. Like a ball of energy, if you will, expressing from you and causing something to happen. "Miracles are a spark of life. " "Miracles are energizers". "Miracle impulses". "Miracles are thought creations. " There is actually a SOMETHING that arises out of the christ mind and expresses and transfers from the giver, TO. . .

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155. The body can and must be healed

"***Now is the body healed*** because the source of sickness has been opened to relief. " "***The body CAN be healed*** by its EFFECTS, which are as limitless as is itself. " "Now in the hands made gentle by His touch, the Holy Spirit lays a picture of a DIFFERENT you. It is a ***picture of a body still***, for what you. . .

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154. Soul, spirit, mind, being, sons, egos, separation

If you look at the various things ACIM says, it becomes clearer and makes more sense when you don't think of "mind" or "one mind" or "christ mind" as being the highest or deepest level of existence. We need to distinguish that mind IS NOT the same thing as spirit, soul, SON or being. For example, there is a distinction. . .

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153. The purpose of removing blocks to awareness

Your natural condition is that you are a powerful, loving, mind-causal, capable, miraculous being, who can do literally anything. "There is nothing my holiness cannot do. " "There is no order of difficulty in miracles. " That "nothing" is utterly literal and all encompassing. Anything you can possibly imagine you can do, no matter how radical. When there are blocks to awareness,. . .

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151. The body needs no healing

"The body needs NO healing. But the mind that thinks it IS a body is sick indeed!" This is a difficult one to accept. To suggest the bodies needs NO healing, is not an attempt to make it "ok" that bodies are in "conditions" of sickness. It's not saying that "you should not heal the body" or attempt to be. . .

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150. Healing the body

The following passage from “if I defend myself I am attacked”, speaks of ”confusing” or merging mind and body, a level confusion, or a mis-identification of what you are. Seeing what’s in the mind as if it’s in the body, projected onto the body makes the body sick. (“Sickness is anger taken out upon the body. ” “All sickness comes from. . .

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149. Would you rather be right or happy, or wrong, or correct?

Would you rather be right or happy, or wrong, or correct?

Sometimes in the heat of conversations, people throw forth the "you'd rather be right than happy" quote. Funnily enough this quote is usually given by someone trying to be right. ;-) Anyway, what is this "being right" thing? It begins when someone believes they are wrong, ie guilty of something. The wrongfulness is projected. You accuse your brother of your. . .

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148. There's a place in you that's already holy

Regardless of how much ego you have right now, your true enlightened holy immortal self is already in you. It is merely HIDDEN behind ego blocks to awareness. You are STILL as God created you. Even right now you can part the seas of the mind and access the love of God. “I rest in God. ” “There is a place. . .

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147. You CAN change the world with your mind

YOU *CAN* CHANGE THE WORLD WITH YOUR MIND "Projection makes perception; the world you see is what you GAVE it, nothing more than that. " "The world you see but shows you how much joy YOU have allowed yourself to see in you, and to accept as YOURS. And, if this IS its meaning, then the power to GIVE it joy. . .

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146. Beliefs are constant decisions, not brief moments

A very common-place belief is that you choose something at one moment in time, the "change" is implemented at that time, and then you stop making any changes. It then seems that the effects that you choose are on a kind of auto-pilot, just carrying over from the past, as if you are not making any decisions NOW that are. . .

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145. 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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144. You can walk on water - unless you decide that you can't

Someone said to me that they do not believe it's possible to walk on water. The simple response to this is, you are unlimited and there is nothing your holiness cannot do. Your beliefs are your CHOOSING. If you want to believe something is not possible, it's not because it isn't possible, it's that you're CHOOSING that it not happen. . . .

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143. Overcoming fearful attack thoughts

Yesterday was quite a breakthrough. After making a video about immortality and writing a long post about how fear is self attack, Holy Spirit invited me to "practice" the ideas during a visit to a doctor. Usually at these visits (for another person) I pick up all kinds of anxiety and have reactions and fear thoughts. So what I did. . .

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142. People pleasing is hell

When you are a people pleaser, it means that you hide yourself from others. You do this by putting a mask or "persona", a facade or "face" over the top of yourself, showing to the world only what you want them to see. You present yourself to them as all smiles, nothing going wrong, everything is great, as if you're. . .

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141. What is a split mind and how do you heal it?

"Any split in mind must involve a rejection of part of it, and this is the belief in separation. " What is a WHOLE mind? A whole mind is at least as large as the universe. As Jesus states, "both heaven and earth are in your mind" and "you maintain the world in your mind with your thoughts". Realize that your. . .

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