A Course in Miracles (acim) is a non-dualistic spirituality which contains a set of guidelines regarding the psychotherapy of the split mind. Understanding these metaphysical aspects assists in the practical application of the principles contained in ACIM when making choices. Without actual application, these principles are just ideas; but with application they become an experience, and experience changes everything. The metaphysical portion is a great identifier of the ego’s judgmental thought system as well as a heavenly reminder of what is true about ourselves.
Looking at metaphysical descriptions on paper and becoming aware of their attributes is of great benefit in knowing what you are choosing both for and against. Keep them handy, and refer to them often as you navigate the choices in your life.
Here are some very simple points to consider about the metaphysical aspects of ACIM:
The Un-Healed Mind – the super-unconscious mind is where the “tiny mad idea” of separation began. It is accessible via the conscious awareness of what is going on in your life. The ego doesn’t want you to remember that the idea was just a choice; but the mind remembers where it came from. It naturally returns to peace when you choose the Holy Spirit Right Mind.
The Split Mind – the unconscious mind contains sin, fear and guilt from that original separation idea. This is the basis of the ego’s thought system of judgment as it divides out. Remember the ego’s judgment above: Separation is a sin punishable by death. For having separated, it now places guilt in the mind; and says you must be fearful of the now vengeful God who wants to kill you for what you’ve done. The kill or be killed (one or the other) ego judgments as seen in the sub-conscious and conscious behaviors begin to make sense considering their origin in the mind.
The Right-Mind – the split mind and the two conflicting thought systems is very evident. Compare the two sides to know what you are choosing in any given moment. These very clearly illustrate the psychotherapy of the mind and having lists makes it readily apparent why one system of thinking hurts and the other heals. You can only choose one thought system, or interpretation, at a time because it is always one or the other. You still retain the decision maker. Which one will you choose?
The ego wrong mind is based on judgment and separation from others going back to the original separation idea. That separation sin now punishable by death which also contains the beginning of guilt and fear. When you choose the judgmental ego as cause, your effect is:
victim/victimization – judgment – projection – addiction – grievances – hate – anger – war – specialness – death – forgive to destroy – sin – fear – guilt – special relationships
The Holy Right Mind is based on sharing and oneness and returning your mind back to the peace of God and out of the illusion of choice. This says that the error never occurred and you are still as God created you. There is nothing else. When you choose the Holy Spirit as cause, your effect is:
True forgiveness – Holy Relationship – Holy Spirit Judgment – Shared Interest – Sameness – Healing – Forgiveness – Love – Peace – Life – Sinlessness – Guiltlessness – Fearlessness – Oneness – Truth – Knowledge – Heaven
I invite you to further study the metaphysical aspects associated with A Course in Miracles. Understanding their ideas and principles helps in applying them to your life as you choose your way out of the illusion. They are a set of guidelines straight from A Course in Miracles that show you what each aspect is all about. More than that, you can consider the origin of both aspects and their respective intentions. When combined with how you truly feel, the ego’s motivations are obvious when compared against the Holy Spirit’s truth.
Knowing what to choose goes a long way but always remember that you are the one who must travel this inner path into the mind. You have to do the actual application of the principles contains in A Course in Miracles and do the work of choosing. It’s as simple as that. ACIM is a Course in mind training!