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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.

179. Understanding the course from the top down

I think that for years I have been mistaken about the course. Mainly in terms of the orientation of my mind and the direction in which it was heading. We start out in false perception, in ego, in body identification. As if we are down in hell at the bottom of a ladder. And then we think of heaven or. . .

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178. The necessary bridge for healing miracles

To be a healer of another person's mind, you have to begin by forming a connection to that person. Somehow your mind has to be in a state where it has ACCESS to the other mind. The only way to gain access to a brother is through joining in love. Only love can be truly shared, and love is communication. . . .

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177. The two phases of the miracle worker

Jesus writes: "See the point about miracles as a perception corrector (for himself) ***before*** he can effect (perform) miracles as CREATIVE ENERGIZERS (for others), which they are. " Becoming a miracle worker has two phases. As Jesus writes here, in the first phase there is an emphasis on the correction of YOUR perceptual flaws. This GIVES WAY, to the second phase,. . .

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176. The power of God to work miracles through you

"The power to work miracles belong to you. " Sometimes when I am thinking about ACIM matters, Jesus interjects and finishes my sentences. I was thinking "miracles are. . . " and Jesus interjected, "the power to heal. " This kicked in a sudden cascade of many insights, as I saw a wide array of ACIM material "coming together" under a single umbrella. A final. . .

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175. The inability to forgive yourself

If you did something wrong, if you sinned or committed some crime, damaged something or hurt someone, you won't be able to forgive yourself for it while you believe it actually happened. Anything that you believe has REALITY, cannot be undone. Reality is a sense of what is ACTUAL, the facts, the irrefutable certain truth. Reality cannot be questioned or. . .

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174. The source of ego thoughts

The thoughts that arise in your mind, have a cause. They are produced BY the mind as a result of thinking. They do not show up out of nowhere. Nor are they generated without intention, because "there are no neutral thoughts. " Ego thoughts are reactions, or effects, in response to a perceived external cause. They happen in a split mind. . .

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173. The ego and the split mind

Our traditional definitions of what the ego IS, may need a rethink, based on what it ACTUALLY says in the course. Interestingly, the course tells us that we have a SPLIT mind. . . . and that this division - which IS THE SEPARATION - has produced what seems like TWO selves. And yet it does not say that either of these two. . .

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172. Shared Interests

If you had NO blocks to awareness, you would be vividly, constantly aware, that anything you attempt to do to others, you do directly and immediately to yourself. Anything you express towards others, you experience. Anything you give to others, you receive. "Giving and receiving are one. " You cannot move an inch in any way towards another without moving that. . .

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170. Can you change your perception?

CAN YOU CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION?  While it may seem in many ways that ACIM is telling you to change your perceptions, you can't actually do this by changing your perception. "Projection makes perception" tells you that perception is caused by projection. This statement confirms it. "Perception is a RESULT, not a cause. " Which means that perception is an EFFECT. And. . .

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169. Going within to God

When I rest within, go within, focus within, dwell with God within, stay within, remain calm, be at peace, connect to my holiness, step back from the world, disconnect, etc. . . . I feel that where and what I am is centered and calm and dwells inside of me. Within me according to ACIM there is an inner altar, where we are. . .

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168. Sickness is simply denial

"The denial of God is the ego's religion. " At the soul level, everyone is immortal and holy. There is no problem, no unhappiness, no sickness, no death. At the mind level, which is part of the soul, and perhaps only part of the mind at that, there is denial present. This denial is the rejection of reality, God, truth, sanity,. . .

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167. True healing is the undoing of guilt

All sickness is just a form of GUILT. And removing this guilt makes sickness IMPOSSIBLE. Guilt induces sickness because it demands punishment. It is an agreement to suffer. It is the result of NOT forgiving sin, thus believing sin is real. And once sin is real, you must become guilty and attacked, self destructive, suicidal, ready to suffer and die. . . .

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166. Shine your light into your brother's mind to heal them

You are quite literally A LIGHT. "The Thought God holds of you is like a star, unchangeable in an eternal sky. " Like a giant magnificent powerful light bulb. You have a brightness. You shine. You radiate light. You are a light being, shining brightly in heaven. "Who is the light of the world except God's Son?" "It is not humility. . .

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165. When I am healed I am not healed alone

What if when you become healed, the whole world is transformed in some way and is a little lighter? This may sound radical, but it does appear to be supported in the course in various ways. Jesus speaks of how when you are healed, others cannot be omitted from your healing. Jesus speaks of how if you change your mind. . .

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164. The power of choice leads to salvation

In ACIM, there is a central pillar which was not clear to me before. It is an unexpected strategy for acheiving salvation, which is pointed to and reinforced over and over again. And in effect is the ONLY way. We may be familiar with the idea that ATONEMENT is the goal. Yes it is. The course also states that atonement,. . .

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163. What is evil? Does the devil exist?

There is no real evil in God's reality so it does not really exist. But evil is an illusion of something being true that isn't. It's what you get when reality is confused with illusions, and the truth is confused with what is false. Everything becomes switched around. You mistake an illusory thing for a real thing. You think stuff. . .

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162. Miracle Impulses

I suspect that miracle impulses are not mere “urges” or “compulsions” to love, but rather I suspect they are actual “pulses” of an energetic expression, like a ball of light or a little spark of life force which a person transmits. And I think these pulses can be expressed/created by loving minds and transfer to others, causing instant healing. I. . .

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