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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.

188. 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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187. The world is impossible

When you examine what is true, real and possible, it is very obvious that this world should not be possible at all. For example, reality is permanence, and God is permanent. Anything real is eternal. Nothing real can ever die or be attacked or threatened. Permanence is forever. How then is it possible that this world seems to depict that. . .

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186. The illusion of sin

The truth is, there is no real sin. Sin, the idea that you can attack something real, is literally impossible. Reality cannot BE attacked because it is permanent. Therefore sin is 100% impossible. The question then is, what is this "sin" thing? It must be a fake sin, some kind of artificial sin. It can't be a real one. But. . .

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185. 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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184. 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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183. The body and the world are a dream

"The body is the central figure in the dreaming of the world. There IS no dream without it, nor does it exist without the dream, in which it acts as if it were a person, to be seen and be believed. It takes the central place in every dream, which tells the story of how it was made by OTHER. . .

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182. Salvation from suffering

If you dream that an animal is attacking you, you can hardly blame the animal for attacking you. If you believe it is not you that's making the animal attack you, then you might believe the animal itself its attacking you with a mind or motivation of its own. And then you will be scared it and believe you are. . .

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181. The Earth IS flat - The hierarchy of illusions

Okay so, you hear people saying the Earth is flat - the "flat Earthers". . . and obviously it's not. But. . . technically it is. You see, there is this thing called the "hierarchy of illusions". The hierarchy is an ILLUSION that there are differences. All differences are illusions. So you've got things like different importance, different value, different size and weight, different. . .

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180. The fear of death

If you were not afraid of death, you would remember God. The fear is death is a reaction to the belief in death. And the belief in death is an attempt to give reality, truth, life, will, power and mind, to the opposite of God. By believing in death, you are trying to avoid God. Death is the attractor which. . .

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179. 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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178. Is the world just a dream?

The idea that the world is just a dream, may sound very simple. But to fully and completely embrace it is a very tall order. If the world is just a dream, it changes your ENTIRE relationship to everything, to all people and object and events and places. Every single happening is framed differently, every interaction has a different meaning,. . .

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177. There are many ways to go home to God

Notice here that Jesus says that you CAN use meditation as a way to go ALL the way to atonement. Without a holy relationship. But that a holy relationship is perhaps "more efficient" because it provides a learning environment in which both can benefit quickly. "Nor is a lifetime of contemplation, and long periods of meditation aimed at DETACHMENT from. . .

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176. What is the world for?

"The test of everything on earth is simply this; "What is it for?" The answer makes it what it is for you. It has no meaning of itself, yet you can give reality to it, according to the purpose that you serve. " The world was made for a purpose. It was deliberate, intentional, chosen. We wanted there to be an. . .

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175. Why is life here so difficult?

Change the world? Well. As it turns out, its not possible to immediately materialize changes with the mind, unless of course you are more spiritually advanced. In this world, all things tend to be governed by the ego laws, and everything is difficult. To bring about any kind of alteration requires effort and a lot of time. A lot of. . .

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174. What is forgiveness metaphysically?

Boiling ACIM down to pure logic, we end up with this. "Only the truth is true and nothing else is true. " ) God's realm and creation are TRUE. 2) The world we made in dreaming is FALSE. 3) Forgiveness means becoming TRUE while inside of the FALSE in preparation for moving into the realm of the TRUE. 4) Eventually returning. . .

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173. 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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171. The impossible world of death

I was watching a little bug crawling along the edge of the floor. I noticed how its "design" was going to mean it had a certain short amount of time to live, to crawl around trying to find food, likely to eventually starve, and die. It seemed obvious that death is built into things in this world, into the forms,. . .

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