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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.

166. 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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165. 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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164. What is reality?

"Reality is a constant state. " "Reality is changeless. It does not deceive at all. " "His REALITY is forever sinless. " "Reality is not insane" "In Heaven, reality is SHARED" "The only part of your mind that has reality, is the part that links you still with God. " "Man's reality is ONLY his soul. " "Reality observes the laws of God" "your reality,. . .

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163. The body is a dream

In times when I am moving into uncertainty about whether it's true that this world is unreal, I refer back to some key statements in the course which seem very clear to me. One of them is "the body is a dream". This anchors the truth that the body, and therefore everything the body is made of, and therefore by. . .

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162. The power of miracles

"What He enables you to do is clearly NOT of this world, for ***miracles violate every law of reality***, as this world judges it. Every law of time and space, of magnitude and mass, of prediction and control, is transcended, for what the Holy Spirit enables you to do is clearly beyond ALL of them. " "What the Holy Spirit enables. . .

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161. The world is an impossible lie

One thing that’s really becoming super clear for me lately, is that this world depicts things which are absolutely impossible. It’s enough of an idea that its a dream, which sometimes suggests it’s at least a something, that the stuff happening in it is somehow actually possible. But when you think about it and reason it out, this world shows. . .

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160. The illusion of problems

When problems are recognized for what they are, they are recognized as NOT EXISTING. They are recognized as being part of a larger illusion, wherein the ENTIRE illusion is one thing and NONE of it is true. Because the only problem is whether or not you are sane and happy and at peace. When you do not recognize that all. . .

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159. The problem of over-simplifying oneness

"And reason now can lead you to the logical conclusion of your union. It must extend, as you extended when you joined. " Some of us like to describe reality as oneness, or perhaps that "its all God", or "non-duality". A state with no separations or differences. But there is a problem with this. If you take something and you "boil. . .

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158. Spacetime is heaven's exact opposite in every way

The world, Earth, this universe, was made as an EXACT LOGICAL OPPOSITE to God's Kingdom. It was made on purpose to OPPOSE every possible quality of God's nature, so as to ATTACK God's nature and suggest that since this world is ABSENT of God's nature, God is absent here entirely. And so the world proclaims that God and His son. . .

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157. The world is false perception, it will disappear

The "physical world", exists only IN false perception. This is why the body's eyes can see it. The body's eyes are rooted in false perception permanently. "Everything the body sees is an illusion. " "These eyes made not to see will never see. " "The body is not the means by which the real world can be seen. " "Eyes perceive falsely" The. . .

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156. The translation of the world

There are some parts of the course which suggest that if you will just change HOW you look at the world, or what meaning you GIVE it, suddenly seemingly horrifying scenes are interpreted as healed and lovely. Obviously this loveliness MUST transcend the FORM of what is happening, because a broken leg is still a broken leg, and an explosion. . .

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154. There are different things in heaven

Ok so this might be a bit controversial. It seems to me, there MUST be "different things" in heaven, somehow. When you start to look at it, there's just too many different things happening there. 1) God created the one son or sonship, which comprises the sons of God. That's fine. If God were to have only created this we. . .

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153. The whole world is made of the idea of sin

Jesus's redefinition of terms continues to amaze me. When you suddenly realize that he has a whole different MEANING to a term, it suddenly opens up a whole box of insights. For example "The world of bodies is the world of sin. For only if there were a body is sin possible. " Jesus says that bodies are needed for sin. . . .

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152. Awake in the dream vs the end of dreaming

"Awake in the dream" is where a person has near-total christ vision and is still in a body, still seeing the world through physical senses while simultaneously overlooking it with direct mind-vision. The world appears as a thin veil, it is recognized as a dream, and is regarded as unreal. The body is still being used by this "healed mind",. . .

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151. You think you are outside the Kingdom in another world

"When God created you (in Heaven), He made you part of Him. That is why attack WITHIN the Kingdom is impossible. But YOU made the ego without love, and so it does not love YOU. You could not remain WITHIN the Kingdom without love, and since the Kingdom IS love, you believe you are WITHOUT it (exiled from Heaven). This. . .

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150. Many opinions on the truth? The first law of chaos

"The first chaotic law is that the truth is different for everyone. Like all these principles, this one maintains that each is separate, and has a different set of thoughts which sets him off from others. This principle evolves from the belief there is a hierarchy of illusions; some are more valuable, and therefore true. And each establishes this for. . .

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149. The world is a big giant lie!

A lie is when something false is presented as if it's true. The false thing is still false, but it is disguised as truth. This false thing is deceptive because it isn't what it seems to be. It seems true on the surface, but it isn't. If someone presents something false as if it's true, that person is being deceptive. . . .

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