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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.

82. Your body does not exist

How do you know that you have a body? Do you see it with your body's eyes? Do you hear it with your body's ears? Do you taste it with the body's tongue, touch it with the body's flesh, and smell it with the body's nose? Is this not a completely circular logic within a closed system? You are using. . .

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81. Complete forgiveness is accepting atonement

In ACIM, Jesus spells out that forgiveness and atonement are the same thing, and so is true perception. These are all a state in which there is recognition, accurate perception, and a forgiving attitude which sees that there is no sin. Or moreso, it is the acknowledgment and re-acceptance of God's truth and the willingness to accept your permanent innocence,. . .

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80. The world of sin

"The world of bodies is the world of sin for only if there were a body is sin possible. " The physical world is made of the idea of sin. "The body is the idea of sin made flesh and projected outwards. " Sin is the idea of attempting to attack God. "The world was made as an attack on God". Physical. . .

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79. The body does not forgive

The body's eyes do not forgive. They do not overlook any illusions. All they see is the forms of error, and everything they look upon is an illusion. They literally are incapable of seeing past illusions at all. Which means they cannot forgive, at all. The body's eyes are completely unforgiving. They are blinded by perception of form. They are. . .

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78. A healed mind in a body can still see suffering

There is a myth in the ACIM community relating to how perception works. It's based on the belief that we only have one perception, one outlook. There's us, in the body, perceiving. We read stuff about how perception shifts and how it changes what we see. So we think ok, my one perception will shift and it will show me. . .

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77. Learning to forgive with Christ Vision

"To forgive is to OVERLOOK" "Everything the body sees is an illusion. " Years ago when I began the course, I thought I understood forgiveness. I thought it basically meant not blaming people, and trying to learn that everyone is innocent. It's kind of that. But over time and with deeper study my grasp of forgiveness kept expanding. I realized at. . .

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76. 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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75. Reasons why miracles are NOT a shift in perception

First we must acknowledge, there is miraculous stuff going on in Heaven, which has nothing to do with perception or the realm of illusions. e. g. "Miracles are a universal blessing from God""God's miracles are as total as His Thought, because they ARE His thoughts. God shines in them all with perfect light. ""You are a miracle" (in heaven)"The miraculous power of the. . .

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74. Who am I behind my reactions to the world?

Who am I behind my reactions to the world?

The more I learn that I am responsible for everything I experience, the clearer it becomes that anything I experience is not "because of" the world. It used to be that everything I experienced seemed to be a reaction to the world, seemingly caused by it. I could not separate out myself from any of it, and any upsets or. . .

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73. Rethinking the cold-hearted world

When I came to A Course in Miracles, it was through Gary Renard's books, which I later learned were deeply based on Ken W's teachings. They also presented a view that was championed as "non-duality". The books spoke of the world as being a shitty place, a hell hole, psycho planet, a world of death and suffering, spinning its wheels. . .

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72. Forgive yourself first to forgive the world

"Forgiveness is the only gift I give because it is the only gift I want, and everything I give I give myself. This is salvation s simple formula. "   "Only the self-accused condemn. "   "It can be but myself I crucify. "   "The secret of salvation is but this: That YOU are doing this UNTO YOURSELF. "   "You but accuse. . .

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71. 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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70. What is it for? What is the purpose?

This idea, that should always ask "what is it for", is a fairly popular ACIM teaching. And it's useful to remember this. But I struggled to relate to this wording as if, the answer was obscure and unknown. We might find it easier if we ask, "what is my purpose in using this?" ie, WHY am I using this, what. . .

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69. 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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68. What the body sees, and what it cannot see

"The body's eyes see ONLY form (matter, objects, bodies). They cannot see beyond what they were MADE to see. And they were made to look on error, and **not see past it**. Theirs is indeed a strange perception, for ***they can see only illusions*** (matter is an illusion - ANYTHING SEEN WITH PHYSICAL SIGHT IS AN ILLUSION), unable to look. . .

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67. You can see sickness without being sick

Below are two very important paragraphs. I say this because these MIGHT be the only two paragraphs which make this specific point in the whole course. A teacher of God is someone who is still in the dream, in a body, thus USING the body's eyes, while ALSO having a highly developed spiritual eye/christ vision. They do not have 100%. . .

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66. Mind is projecting the body and world fresh right now

"When he said “mind is the builder,” he did not realize that it is only what it is building NOW that really creates the future. The past, in itself, does not have the ability to do this. Whenever we move from one instant to the next, the previous one no longer exists. " Here's a little statement which correlates to the. . .

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