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Spiritual Concepts for Awakening based on “A Course in Miracles”

"This is a course in how to KNOW yourself. You have TAUGHT what you are, but have NOT let what you are, teach YOU. You have been VERY careful to avoid the obvious, and NOT to see the REAL cause and effect relationship that is PERFECTLY apparent. Yet, within you, is EVERYTHING you taught. What can it be, that has NOT learned it? It must be this that is REALLY outside yourself... Remember always MIND IS ONE, and CAUSE IS ONE". ~Jesus Christ



Course Teaches Spirituality Not Religion

Metaphysics, Psychology, and  Mysticism...

Enlightenment and Spiritual Understanding.  


A Course in Miracles first impression is that it is religious in that it seems to advocate the Christian religion. This is because the Christian religion is supposedly based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Course indicates Jesus as the author and the scribes state, course was given by Jesus through channeling or inner-dictation.

"Channelers, also sometimes known as psychic mediums, often use what are called "spirit guides," friendly spirits who give them knowledge and help them on their spiritual journeys."  Live Science.

Course states it only "teaches what we can understand, and ... "A universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible but necessary.  It is this experience toward which the course is directed. Here alone consistency becomes possible because here alone uncertainty ends. The course is simple. It has one function and one goal. Only in that does it remain wholly consistent because only that can be consistent."

Course does not advocate dogma or religion or any particular form of worship, not even of Jesus. Course does teach we are spirit beings with free will who have chosen this world and experiences, and have forgotten why.  Course provides spirit/mind training lessons to help awaken our spirit/mind for spiritual evolution.

Course could be deemed metaphysical.

"Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy responsible for the study of existence. It encompasses everything that exists, as well as the nature of existence itself. It says whether the world is real, or merely an illusion. It is a fundamental view of the world around us."  Online Dictionary

Course teaches what existence is, that we really can't comprehend it and explains why everything we experience seems to exists. It teaches that the world is not real, that it is an illusion and explains why.  The course's theme provides a guide to awaken to our spirituality, to accept what we are and why we are as we are, and that all here chose this world for a purpose.

Course was scribed by two professors of Medical Psychology through inner dictation and specifically states that it is "a mind transforming course" and a "guide to behavior".  Wikipedia

Psychology is the science of behavior and mind, including conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feeling and thought. Wikipedia.

Although the scribes beliefs may not have played a part in the interpretations of the messages being received, experience and training would have.

The Course teaches mysticism.  Mysticism is a religion or religious belief based on union or communion with a deity, or divine being. Mysticism is what lets you transcend the physical to experience enlightenment — let's just say you'll recognize it when it happens.  Online Dictionary

The Course teaches mysticism on one point and that is, we are "One".  We just have to learn why to understand that that we all are part of that "Oneness".  Communion is just a thought, a belief that is practiced for mind transformation. We are not separated, never have been, but believe that we are.

It is generally believed that what we believe is a choice. Why not choose to believe you are a spiritual being who is in fact divine, instead of a body with an ego that dies.  Why not believe that we are one in mind and brothers of one kind, instead of separated bodies we see and fear, and believe are unkind? Study the course.  Start with the "Overview Video".  You will be enlightened into your right-mind and understand how you are divine.

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All Topics provided are actual teachings taken  from "A Course in Miracles" and other related sources on spirituality.  Teachings have been curated, combined and rearranged, but not re-interpreted.  What's provided on this website can also be found in the course manuscript and on many other related sites.  It is recommended that entire curriculum for teachings be studied for full benefit.  Click Here to get your copy of the mind training workbook lessons;  Free Online URText edited version;  or  download the original URText unedited version,  or buy the complete edited versionAlso recommended, as a companion study is the book,  "Jesus, My Autobiography", by Tina Louise Spalding.

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Course Says Its Required

The goal of the curriculum, regardless of the teacher you choose, is KNOW THYSELF.  There is nothing else to learn. To learn this course requires willingness to question EVERY value that you hold. Not one can be kept hidden and obscure, but it will jeopardize your learning. NO belief is neutral; every one has the power to dictate each decision you make. For a decision is a CONCLUSION, based .....    MORE


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What You Are

Course spirituality teaching is that, "God did not make the body, because it is destructible, and therefore not of the Kingdom. The body is the symbol of the WHAT YOU THINK YOU ARE. It is clearly a separation device, and....       More




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About Creation

The course emphases that in relationship to spirituality, the creation of the Soul itself has already been perfectly accomplished, but the creation BY Souls has not.The confusion between your own creation and what you create is so profound that it has literally become impossible to know anything, because knowledge is always stable. It is quite evident that human beings are not.         MORE



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You Are the Dreamer in World of Dreams

Course teaches, you are the one who makes the dreams and do NOT see yourself as making them, and that your reality does NOT depend on yourself. Whatever cause your dreams have, they are quite APART from your spirituality, and what you see is SEPARATE from your mind.  You CANNOT doubt your dreams’ reality BECAUSE you do not see the part you play in MAKING them, and MAKING them seem real.

You Are the Dreamer in World of Dreams

And yet the laws of love, are not suspended because you sleep. And you have followed them through all your nightmares, and have been faithful in your giving, for you were NOT alone. Even in sleep has Christ protected you, ensuring the real world FOR you when you wake.

Once you were unaware of what the cause of everything the world appeared to thrust upon you uninvited and unasked must REALLY be.

Of one thing you were sure; of all the many causes you perceived as bringing pain and suffering to you, your guilt was NOT among them.  Nor did you, in ANY way, REQUEST them for yourself.

This is how ALL illusions come about.  You, the one who makes them, does NOT see yourself as making them, and your reality does NOT depend on yourself.

Whatever cause they have is something quite APART from you, and what you see is SEPARATE from your mind.

You CANNOT doubt your dreams’ reality BECAUSE you do not see the part you play in MAKING them, and MAKING them seem real.

No-one can waken from a dream the world is dreaming FOR him. He becomes a part of someone ELSE’S dream.

You CANNOT choose to waken from a dream you did not make. Helpless you stand, a victim to a dream conceived and cherished by a SEPARATE mind.

Careless indeed of you this mind must be, as thoughtless of your peace and happiness as is the weather, or the time of day. It loves you not, but casts you as it will, in any role that satisfies its dream.

So little is your worth that you are but a dancing shadow, leaping up and down, according to a senseless plot conceived within the idle dreaming of the world.

This is the ONLY picture you can see, the ONE alternative that you can choose, the OTHER possibility of cause, if you be NOT the dreamer of your dreams.

And this IS what you choose, if you deny the cause of suffering is in YOUR mind. Be glad indeed it is, for thus are YOU the ONE decider of your destiny in time.

The choice IS yours to make between a sleeping death and dreams of evil, or a happy wakening and joy of life.

What COULD you choose between, but life or death, waking or sleeping, war or peace, your dream or your reality?   MORE

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No Dream Without Body

Course teaches the spirituality of our minds and that the ultimate purpose of the body is to render itself unnecessary. Learning to do this is the only real reason for its creation.  The body is the symbol of the WHAT YOU THINK YOU ARE. It is clearly a separation device, and therefore does not exist.  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.

No Dream Without Body (cont.)

The body takes the central place in every dream, which tells the story of how it was made by OTHER bodies, born into the world OUTSIDE the body, lives a little while, and dies, to be united in the dust with other bodies, dying like itself.

In the brief time allotted it to live, it seeks for other bodies as its friends and enemies. Its safety is its main concern. Its comfort is its guiding rule. It tries to look for pleasure, and avoid the things that would be hurtful. Above all, it tries to teach itself its pains and joys are different, and CAN be told apart.

The dreaming of the world takes many forms, because the body seeks in many ways to PROVE it is autonomous and real. It puts things on itself that it has bought with little metal discs or paper strips the world proclaims as valuable and good.

It works to get them, doing senseless things, and tosses them away for senseless things it does not NEED, and does not even WANT.

It hires OTHER bodies, that they may protect it, and collect more senseless things that it can call its own. It looks about for special bodies which can SHARE its dream. Sometimes it dreams it is a conqueror of bodies weaker than itself. But in some phases of the dream, it is the slave of bodies which would hurt and torture it.

The body’s serial adventures, from the time of birth to dying is the theme of every dream the world has ever had. The “hero” of this dream will never change, nor will its purpose. Though the dream itself takes many forms, and SEEMS to show a great variety of places and events wherein its “hero” finds itself, the dream has but ONE purpose, taught in many ways.

This single lesson does it try to teach for the awakening of your spirituality again, and still again, and yet once more; - that it is CAUSE and NOT effect. And YOU are ITS effect, and CANNOT be its cause. Thus, the body is NOT the dreamer, but the DREAM.  MORE

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Spirituality is of the mind, nothing else.  You SEEM to meet, and make your strange alliances on grounds that have no meaning. For your beliefs converge upon the body, the ego’s chosen home, which you believe is YOURS. 

What God creates has NO alternative. The truth arises from what He knows. And your decisions come from your beliefs as certainly as all creation rose in His Mind BECAUSE of what He knows.

Beliefs are THOUGHTS, and thus come under Christ-guidance, NOT (Christ)control.

Abilities are beliefs which are BASED on the scarcity fallacy, since they do not mean anything apart from within-group comparisons... “nobody has none of an ability, and nobody has all of it.”

All beliefs are real to the believer.

Watch your minds carefully for any beliefs that hinder its (the mind's) accomplishment, and step away from them. Judge how well you have done this by your own feelings, for this is the one RIGHT use of judgment.

Perception as well as knowledge derive meaning from RELATIONSHIPS. Those which you accept are the foundations of your beliefs.

ANY concept of “punishment” involves the projection of blame, and RE-ENFORCES the idea that blame is justified. The behavior that results is a LESSON IN BLAME, just as all behavior teaches the beliefs that motivate it.

Course teaches, altars are BELIEFS, but God and His creations are BEYOND belief because they are beyond question. The Voice FOR God speaks only for BELIEF beyond question, but this IS the preparation for BEING without question.

As long as belief in God and His Kingdom is assailed by ANY doubts in your minds, His perfect Accomplishment is NOT apparent to you. This is why you MUST be vigilant ON GOD’S BEHALF.  MORE

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The Dynamics of the Ego

What is the ego? Who has need to ask? Where is the ego? Who has need to seek for an illusion now that dreams are gone?  The ego IS the belief of the mind that it is completely on its own.  The ego is NOT the self.  The ego is nothing more than a PART of your belief about yourselves.

The Dynamics of the Ego

Let us begin this lesson in “ego dynamics”, by understanding that the term itself does not mean anything.

In fact, it contains exactly the contradiction in terms that MAKES it meaningless.

“Dynamics” implies the power to DO something, and the whole separation fallacy lies in the belief that the ego HAS the power to do ANYTHING.

The ego is fearful BECAUSE you believe this. But the truth is very simple; ALL POWER IS OF GOD. What is NOT of Him has no power to do ANYTHING.

When we look at the ego, then, we are NOT considering dynamics, but delusions.

We can surely regard a delusional system without fear, for it cannot have any effects if its source is not true.

Fear becomes more obviously inappropriate if one recognizes the ego’s GOAL, which is so clearly senseless that any effort exerted on its behalf is NECESSARILY expended on nothing.

The ego’s goal is quite explicitly EGO AUTONOMY.

From the beginning, then, its PURPOSE is to be separate, sufficient unto itself, and independent of any power EXCEPT ITS OWN.

This is WHY it is the symbol of separation. Every idea has a purpose, and its purpose is always the natural extension of what it IS.

Everything that stems from the ego is the natural outcome of its central belief, and the way to undo its RESULTS, is merely to recognize that their SOURCE is NOT natural, being out of accord with your true nature.

The ego did NOT arise out of the unconscious.

A lower-order perception cannot create a higher-order one, (which is the way you perceive the structure of the psyche if you look at it from the bottom UP) because it doesn’t understand it.

But a higher-order perception CAN create a lower-order one by understanding it in terms of MISperception.

The ego IS the belief of the mind that it is completely on its own.  The ego is NOT the self.

The ego is nothing more than a PART of your belief about yourselves.

Your other life life, your spiritual life as a soul, has continued without interruption, and has been and always will be totally unaffected by your attempts to dissociate.  The ratio of repression and dissociation of truth varies with the individual ego-illusion, but dissociation is always involved, or you would not believe that you ARE here.  MORE

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What is Death?

There IS no death, but there IS a belief in death.  The “reality” of death is firmly rooted in the belief that God’s Son is a body. And if God created bodies, death would indeed be real.  

What is Death (cont.)
Death is the symbol of the fear of God.

His Love is blotted out in the idea, which holds it from awareness like a shield held up to obscure the sun.  The grimness of the symbol is enough to show it cannot coexist with God.  The shrouded figures in the funeral procession march not in honor of their Creator, Whose Will it is they LIVE. They are not following it; they are OPPOSING it.

And what is the black-draped body they would bury?

A body THEY dedicated to death, a symbol of corruption, a sacrifice to sin, OFFERED to sin to feed upon, and keep ITSELF alive.

A thing condemned, damned by its maker, and lamented by every mourner who looks upon it as himself.

It holds an image of the Son of God in which he is “laid to rest” in devastation’s arms, where worms wait to greet him and to last a little while by his destruction.

Yet the worms as well are doomed to be destroyed as certainly.

And so do all things live because of death.

Devouring is nature’s “law of life.”

The body neither lives nor dies, because it cannot contain you, who ARE life.

When your body and your ego and your dreams are gone, you will know that YOU will last forever.

Many think that this is accomplished through death, but NOTHING is accomplished through death because death is nothing.

EVERYTHING is accomplished through life, and life is of the mind and in the Mind.

The world you see is the delusional system of those made mad by guilt.

For this world is the symbol of punishment, and all the laws which seem to govern it are the laws of death.

Look carefully at this world, and you will realize that this is so.

We know that the RESULT of an idea leaves not its source.

And death is the result of the thought we call the ego, as surely as life is the result of the Thought of God.  MORE

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Laws of World

Your gods do not BRING chaos; you are ENDOWING them with chaos, and accepting it OF them.Here are the laws that rule the world you made. And yet they govern nothing, and need NOT be broken; merely looked upon and gone beyond.

Laws of World (cont.)
#### 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 HIMSELF, and MAKES it true by his attack on what another values.

This is justified BECAUSE the values differ, and those who hold them SEEM to be unlike, and THEREFORE enemies.

#### The second law of chaos dear indeed to every worshiper of sin, is that each one MUST sin, and therefore DESERVES attack and death.

This principle, closely related to the first, is the demand that errors call for punishment, and NOT correction.

For the DESTRUCTION of the one who makes the error places him BEYOND correction, and beyond forgiveness.

What he has done is thus interpreted as an irrevocable sentence on himself, which God Himself is powerless to overlook.

Sin cannot BE remitted, being the belief the Son of God can make mistakes for which his own destruction becomes inevitable.

#### The third preposterous belief that seems to make chaos eternal.

For if God cannot BE mistaken, then He must accept His Son’s belief in what he is, and HATE him for it.

See how the fear of God is REINFORCED by this third principle.

Now it becomes IMPOSSIBLE to turn to Him for help in misery.

For now He has become the “enemy” Who “caused” it, and to Whom appeal is useless.

Nor can salvation lie within the Son, whose every aspect seems to be at war with Him, and JUSTIFIED in its attack.

And now is conflict made inevitable, and beyond the help of God.

And now salvation MUST remain impossible, because the Saviour HAS become the enemy.

There can be NO release and NO escape.

Atonement thus becomes a myth, and vengeance, NOT forgiveness, is the Will of God.

From where all this begins, there IS no sight of help that can succeed.

ONLY destruction can BE the outcome.

And God Himself SEEMS to be siding with it, to overcome His Son.   MORE

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Time is a trick; a sleight of hand, a vast illusion in which figures come and go as if by magic. Yet there is a plan behind appearances which does not change.

It is worth repeating that ultimately there is no compromise possible between everything and nothing.

The purpose of time is essentially a device by which all compromise in this respect can be abolished.

It seems to be abolished by degrees precisely because time itself involves a concept of intervals which does not really exist.

The faulty use of creation has made this necessary as a corrective device.

Eternity is an idea of God, so the soul understands it perfectly.

Time is a belief of the ego, so the lower mind, which IS the ego’s domain, accepts it without question.

The only aspect of time which is really eternal is NOW.

That is what we REALLY mean when we say that NOW is the only time.

The literal nature of this statement does not mean anything to the ego.

It interprets it, at best, to mean “don’t worry about the future.”

This is NOT what it really means at all.  MORE

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About Illusions

The mind that sees illusions thinks them real. They have existence in that they are thoughts.  It is the mind that interprets the eyes’ messages and gives them “meaning.” And this meaning does not exist in the world outside at all.  By definition, an illusion is an attempt to make something real that is regarded as of major importance, but is recognized as being untrue.

About Illusions

Illusions are but beliefs in WHAT IS NOT THERE. And the seeming conflict between truth and illusion can ONLY be resolved by SEPARATING YOURSELF FROM THE ILLUSION, and NOT from truth.

Who believes illusions but the one who made them up?

Who else can see them and react to them as if they were the truth?

Man’s mind can be possessed by illusions, but his Spirit is eternally free.

Illusions are not pure.

By definition, an illusion is an attempt to make something real that is regarded as of major importance, but is recognized as being untrue.

The mind therefore seeks to make it true out of its intensity of desire to have it for itself.

What YOU accept into your minds, does not REALLY change them.

Illusions are travesties of creation.

Illusions attempt to bring truth to lies.

Finding truth unacceptable, the mind revolts against truth and gives itself an illusion of victory.

Finding health a burden, it retreats into feverish dreams. And in these dreams the mind is separate, different from other minds, with different interests of its own, and able to gratify its needs at the expense of others.

Illusions are always illusions of differences. How could it be otherwise?

Where do all these differences come from?

Certainly they seem to be in the world outside.

Yet it is surely the mind that judges what the eyes behold.

It is the mind that interprets the eyes’ messages and gives them “meaning.” And this meaning does not exist in the world outside at all.   MORE


Video- Lesson 71- On Salvation

Salvation and It's Secret

The term “salvation” does NOT apply to the Soul, which is not in danger and does not need to be salvaged.  Salvation is for the mind, and it is attained through peace. This is the only thing that CAN be saved, and the ONLY way to save it. Any response OTHER than love, arises from a confusion about the “what” and the “how” of salvation. And this is the ONLY answer.

Salvation and It's Secret
Salvation and forgiveness are the same. They both imply that something has gone wrong; you need to be saved from or forgiven for; something amiss that needs corrective change, something apart or different from the Will of God.

Thus do both terms imply the thought of the impossible which has occurred, resulting in a state of conflict now between what is and what could never be.  The impossible becomes the thing you need forgiveness for; salvation from.

The secret of salvation is but this: That you are doing this unto yourself. No matter what the form of the attack, this still is true. Whoever takes the role of enemy and of attacker, still is this the truth.

Salvation is a secret you have kept but from yourself. The universe proclaims it so. But, to its witnesses, you pay no heed at all. For they attest the thing you do not WANT to know. They seem to keep it secret FROM you. Yet you need but learn you choose but NOT to listen, NOT to see.

How differently will you perceive the world, when this is recognized! When you
forgive the world YOUR guilt, YOU will be free of it. Its innocence does NOT demand your guilt, nor does YOUR guiltlessness rest on ITS sins.

This is the obvious; a secret kept from no-one but yourself. And it is this that has maintained you SEPARATE from the world, and kept your brother SEPARATE from you. Now need you but to learn that BOTH of you are innocent OR guilty.

The one thing that is impossible is that you be UNLIKE each other; that they BOTH be true. This is the only secret yet to learn. And it will be NO secret you are healed.

For you would not react at all to figures in a dream you knew that you were dreaming. Let them be as hateful and as vicious as they may, they could have no effect on you unless you failed to recognize, it is your dream.

This single lesson learned will set you free from suffering, whatever form it takes.

The Holy Spirit will repeat this one inclusive lesson of deliverance until it has been learned, regardless of the form of suffering that brings you pain.

Whatever hurt you bring to Him He will make answer with this very simple truth. For this one answer takes away the cause of every form of sorrow and of pain.

The form affects His answer not at all, for He would teach you but the single cause of all of them, no matter what their form. And you will understand that miracles reflect the simple statement, "I have done this thing, and it is this I would undo."

This is salvation's keynote: What I see reflects a process in my mind, which starts with my idea of what I want. From there, the mind makes up an image of the thing the mind desires, judges valuable, and therefore seeks to find.

These images are then projected outward, looked upon, esteemed as real and guarded as one's own.

Whatever seems to be the cause of any pain and suffering you feel, this is still true.

From insane wishes comes an insane world. From judgment comes a world condemned. And from forgiving thoughts a gentle world comes forth, with mercy for the holy Son of God, to offer him a kindly home where he can rest a while before he journeys on, and help his brothers walk ahead with him, and find the way to Heaven and to God.

Souls cannot rest until everyone has found salvation. This happens to be true. It is the privilege of the forgiven to forgive.  MORE


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