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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.

114. The temptation to scapegoat everyone

If I find anyone to be "wrong" in ANY WAY, for ANY reason, I am scapegoating. It doesn't even matter what the reasons are. Even if the reasons are valid. If someone is making a wrong decision. . . if I identify they are wrong to make that decision, I am scapegoating. If someone is behaving a certain way, and I identify. . .

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113. Gradual and total forgiveness

In forgiveness, we usually start out the "fixing" of our mind by believing that someone ELSE is at fault. That the cause is external. It's usually a split minded state, riddled with dissociation, denial and projection. Scapegoating is happening and fingers are being pointed. The general consensus is that you then work on unravelling this "confused" state of mind, recognizing. . .

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112. 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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111. The way out of hell

Before the separation, you were simply in heaven having a great time. Immortal, invulnerable, happy, loving, full of life. Then the separation happened and we produced a state exactly opposite to heaven - heaven's logical opposite. A physical world in which bodies gave us constant "false perception", deceived by everything, seemingly at the effect of everything and prone to attack. . . .

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110. There are two worlds not three

For many years I have thought that there are kind of 3 states. There is false perception, then true perception, then heaven. And this is kind of true, and some aspects of ACIM support this. However, what there really is are just two states. Heaven and hell, reality and illusions. Life and death. Knowledge and Perception. When we think about. . .

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109. What is true and what is false?

This is the VERY SIMPLE essence of our work with ACIM to return to sanity. We simply need to identity and recognize, correctly, WHAT IS TRUE, AND WHAT IS FALSE. This recognition comes about through the DISTINCTION between the two. Some things are simply inherently true - such as the creations of light. Some things are simple inherently false -. . .

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108. The perception of heaven as the real world

"Do not perceive ANYTHING God did not create, or you ARE denying Him. " So you can PERCEIVE something God CREATED, which is in heaven? "ALL His Thoughts are thus perfectly united within themselves and with each other because they were created neither partially nor in part. . . . The Holy Spirit enables you to PERCEIVE THIS WHOLENESS NOW. " These statements clearly. . .

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107. 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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106. 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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105. The two mechanisms of perception

"This ultimately reawakens the spiritual eye, simultaneously weakening the investment in physical sight. The alternating investment in the ***two types or levels of perception*** is usually experienced as conflict for a long time, and can become very acute. " Since starting to do ACIM almost 2 decades ago, what has NOT changed, is my ability to see physical objects. What some. . .

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104. The experience of personal hell

"Some illusions are shared, and some are part of your personal hell. " In this world, there are circumstances, events, happenings, situations, scenarios, some of which seem tolerable, and some of which are a nightmare. And rest assured that the world is set up in such a way that problems are endless and inescapable, all roads lead to death, and it. . .

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103. I am not at the effect of the world

In the separation, we tried to invent a world which was completely opposite to God's Kingdom. This resulted in false perception, and also the reversal of cause and effect. The son, who is an effect of God, who is our cause, tried to be the cause of God, to create effects in Him. This was a kind of role reversal,. . .

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102. Levels in A Course in Miracles

In ACIM's teaching, there was originally just one "level" or realm in which to exist - The Kingdom of God, Heaven. This is true because the Kingdom is one logical state or nature. In the separation, we invented a second level or logical state, by trying to be opposite to the Kingdom. This wasn't a partial opposition it was a. . .

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101. What is true perception and forgiveness?

I've been trying to find away to describe forgiveness in a way that is fully encompassing. I'm getting closer. First of all we were in heaven and everything was, and still is, perfect and whole and innocent and beautiful and immortal. Then we did the separation idea which is an attempt to dream that you are exiled from heaven and. . .

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99. 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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98. Enlightenment is but a recognition and not a change at all

There isn't really anything that you need to do about the ego. It's really a matter of recognition. You simply don't as yet recognize it for what it IS, and you think it is something else. Recognition requires you to have a full picture, all the information, nothing hidden, nothing missing. And in this light of the whole truth, everything. . .

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97. People are not bodies

“The body is not the means by which the real world can be seen. ” What that implies is. . . you have NEVER seen another REAL person with your body’s eyes. You have to learn then to recognize that a body IS NOT a person. It is a wall of flesh, clothing, a disguise, HIDING what the body’s eyes cannot even see. . . .

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