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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.

140. Should you question everything?

Every question contains fear. Knowledge is a state of total certainty, in which there is nothing to ask, no questions, no doubts, no fear. When you have knowledge, there is no basis for needing to ask anything. When you don't have knowledge, due to a denial of knowledge, you enter into a state of lack. Here, knowledge is missing, so. . .

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139. How can you accept the world?

Is it possible to accept the world? First of all, we have to keep in mind that we have perception, and our perception of the world is going to change depending on our mindset. This renders the world not really a "static" objective thing. So as we attempt to be more accepting, most likely our perception is going to change,. . .

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138. 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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137. Know yourself as God created you

A deep message in ACIM is very simply, that God created you as a perfect being, and if you would just BE YOURSELF, the way God intended, there would be no problem. If you would just be clearly in touch with who you really are, without trying to be anything else, there would be no suffering, no death, no sickness,. . .

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136. There is no life outside of heaven

"There IS no life outside of Heaven. Where God created life, there life must be. In any state apart from Heaven, life is illusion. At best, it seems like life; at worst, like death. Yet both are judgments on what is not life, equal in their inaccuracy and lack of meaning. Life not in Heaven is impossible, and what is. . .

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135. You are immortal and you cannot die

"But you can confuse yourself with things that do. " The entire function of the Curriculum, is to return you to awareness of Heaven, your true home, where you remain with God in PERFECT IMMORTALITY. Every single thing in the course is geared towards you unlearning death and rediscovering eternal life. This is why the curriculum ends in the RESURRECTION, and. . .

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134. Nothiing in reality can be perceived, only known

This is a potent, and clarifying passage, about the fact that ALL perception (even true) is totally OPPOSITE to reality still. Even Christ vision, even sight of the real world, is STILL a state of separation. "Perception is a separated state. " "To perceive the truth is not the same as knowing it. " Knowledge is a direct experience of God's Kingdom,. . .

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133. God's reality does not involve change of any kind

"Change", is the idea that Eternity has STOPPED being what it was, it has been destroyed, it has been replaced by something that did not exist, which also will be replaced by an upcoming denial of what is. Anything that changes is NOT REAL. Anything that changes is NOT OF GOD. Changes, which require time and space, are not reality. "What. . .

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132. Why there is no world

"What seems to be the opposite of (eternal) life is merely sleeping. When the mind elects to be what it is not, and to assume an alien power which it does not have, a foreign state it cannot enter, or a false condition not within its Source, it merely seems to go to sleep a while. It dreams of time;. . .

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131. Some things are possible only in heaven

There are some things which ACIM states are not possible in this world, and which is only possible upon leaving this world, leaving the body, and returning to Heaven with God. 1. Creation2. Your creations3. Totally freed will4. Knowledge5. Eternal Life6. The peace of God 7. Communion with God 8. Extension of Spirit 9. Oneness with the Sonship and God 10. . . .

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130. Levels and level confusion in understanding A Course in Miracles

A Course in Miracles has some basic structure to it. The very simplest of these is the contrast between reality and illusions. e. g. God, reality, awakening, light, creation, eternity, wholeness, permanence, heaven, truth, the Kingdom of God, etc. . . these all represent THE ONE TRUTH. This is "really big picture stuff". Only the Holy Trinity is real. Illusions, separation, ego, denial, unconsciousness, death,. . .

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129. The separation has occurred, do you need do nothing?

ACIM: "The Separation HAS occurred. To deny this is merely to misuse denial. ""However, to  concentrate on error is merely a further misuse of legitimate psychic mechanisms. The true corrective procedure, which has already been described as the proper use of the spiritual eye (or true vision), is to accept the error temporarily, BUT ONLY as an indication that IMMEDIATE correction. . .

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128. Heaven and Earth are two different worlds

Look at all these clear statements by Jesus testifying that you can either be IN HEAVEN, or ON EARTH. They are TWO WORLDS, two places, two locations if you will. You can be IN heaven, or ON earth. When you are on earth, you are not in heaven. The two worlds do not overlap. One is real, one is illusion. . . .

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127. The big mis-interpretation of ACIM

A Course in Miracles itself contains some structures. There are for example two basic "levels" or states that are contrasted. There's reality vs illusions, God vs ego, life vs death, awakening vs dreaming, light vs darkness, health vs sickness, heaven vs hell, the Kingdom of God vs Earth. So let's say that upon reading about these things, we start to. . .

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126. No one has ever sinned - sin is impossible

Let's take a closer look at sin and find out why no-one has ever sinned. "While everything that God created is forever without sin and therefore is forever without guilt. " "Your Father created you wholly without sin, wholly without pain, and wholly without suffering of any kind. If you deny Him, you bring sin, pain, and suffering into your OWN. . .

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125. The problem with non-duality in A Course in Miracles

The idea of non-duality is an attempt to describe reality or the nature of God. What is really real and really exists. At first we have the idea of duality or polar opposites. Then we reach the idea that the world is secretly "all one thing", as though all the objects are connected together by a singular "one" something. Then. . .

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124. Eternity will shine away the world

Eternity, Heaven, is the living world of light, our home in God. It is reality. It is a "world" of light, in which there is only light. There is no darkness, no shadows, no blockages to resist the light. "Nothing there but shines and shines forever. " The separation is an attempt to deny that this is so, by trying to. . .

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