Monday, May 29, 2017

Its only purpose is to provide a way in which some people will be able to find their own Internal Teacher.

Being able to access that “Internal Teacher” is central to allowing forgiveness to guide ones life in the world, hence to be at peace and of service. The Course is not about making a better world, but it is about making a more peaceful human being through the agency of spirit and the memory of the Love of God that the “Internal Teacher” holds for all in that part of spirit called “mind.”
A better world will occur when minds are healed of their ego beliefs in separation and competing interests.
In the preface to the ACIM Text, which Helen Schucman wrote about a year after A Course in Miracles had been published, she stated: It is not intended to become the basis for another cult. Its only purpose is to provide a way in which some people will be able to find their own Internal Teacher."
So the first four chapters are as they are. Despite everything I've been saying, they still are remarkable in what they contain. The ideas don't flow nicely one from the other, as one finds later, but the ideas and statements here are incredible in terms of containing the entirety of the thought system of the Course, even if it is not necessarily expressed nicely, and at times even obtusely. So there is still a kind of a treasure field here for us to mine, but Helen would just like me to apologize to everyone if the writing is not up to what is found later. From Classes on the Text of A Course in Miracles
Possession really means “Not under Christ-Control”, thus making him (the mind?) vulnerable to projection. The reference to the earth-bound entering bodies really refer to the “taking over” by their own earth-bound “thoughts”. This IS Demon Possession. After all, Lucifer fell, but he was still an angel. He is thus the symbol for man. Atonement is the knowledge that the belief that angels can fall is false. It is true that mind can create projections as well as miracles, but it’s NOT true that projections are REAL. Any psychologist should understand this. This is what is meant by “ The Truth shall set you free.”
Christ-controlled miracles are part of the Atonement, but Christ-guidance is personal, and leads to PERSONAL salvation. The impersonal nature of miracles is an essential ingredient, because this enables Me to control their distribution as I see fit. The Relationship of Miracles and Revelation urTezt ACiM
When you come to the place where the branch in the road is quite apparent, you cannot go ahead. You must go either one way or the other. For now if you go straight ahead, the way you went before you reached the branch, you will go nowhere. The whole purpose of coming this far was to decide which branch you will take now. The way you came no longer matters. It can no longer serve.
No one who reaches this far can make the wrong decision, but he can delay. And there is no part of the journey that seems more hopeless and futile than standing where the road branches and not deciding on which way to go.
It is but the first few steps along the right way that seem hard, for you have chosen, although you still may think you can go back and make the other choice. This is not so. A choice made with the power of Heaven to uphold it cannot be undone. Your way is decided. There will be nothing you will not be told if you acknowledge this. ACIM CH22,V
The secret of true prayer is to forget the things you think you need. To ask for the specific is much the same as to look on sin and forgive it. Also, in the same way, in prayer you overlook your specific needs as you see them and you let them go into God’s hands.” Song of Prayer

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