Questions About The A Course In Miracles Teaching

A Course In Miracles does not teach any "specific" behaviors like many other spiritual disciplines or religions. Actually, what religions or spiritualities frequently teach about behavior is what not to do. ACIM does not teach that it is a sin to be sexual outside of the "sacrament" of marriage. ACIM does not teach that homosexual behavior is wrong. ACIM does not teach that eating meat is "murder." Therefore ACIM does not teach vegetarianism or sexual abstinence. ACIM doesn't teach that you have to go to church on Sunday. ACIM doesn't teach that you need to tithe 10% of your income to a central organization. In this sense, ACIM isn't about behavior.

However, it is the author's opinion that to make a general statement that ACIM in not about behavior is simplistic. The author does not believe that it is true. "God offers only mercy. Your words should reflect only mercy because that is what you have received, and that is what you should give." (OrEd.Tx.2.20) That's a behavioral guideline. Our words should be merciful / loving. This is ACIM telling us how to speak. That's behavior. It also in not 100% true that ACIM never teaches anything specific about behavior either. "It is not wise to lie down for [your quiet time]. It is better to sit up, in whatever position you prefer. Having gone through the workbook you must have come to some conclusions in this respect." (OrEd.Mn.16.5) Better to sit up than to lie down for our quiet, prayer meditation time. That is definitely a specific behavior.

ACIM is very clear that Holy Spirit and Jesus should be guiding our behavior. "In everything be led by Him and do not reconsider." (OrEd.Tx.13.81) Holy Spirit and Jesus are charge of our behavior. That's a powerful behavioral teaching from ACIM. It's clearly repeated in the Workbook. "What would You have me do? Where would You have me go? What would You have me say, and to whom?” (OrEd.WkBk.71) This passage teaches us to ask Holy Spirit what to do and say. That is a clear behavior teaching. In truth, there are many powerful behavior teachings all throughout ACIM. Here's another one, "You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think." (OrEd.Tx.2.73) We get our thinking "straight" and aligned with Holy Spirit, with Jesus, then we will "behave" correctly. That is a behavior teaching.

It is actually accurate to say that ACIM is a profound teaching on "Miracle Minded" behavior. In many place there is an actual call to action, a "Great Crusade." "As you share my inability to tolerate lack of love in yourself and others, you must join the Great Crusade to correct it. The slogan for the Crusade is Listen, learn and do: Listen to my voice, learn to undo error, and do something to correct it." (OrEd.Tx.1.31) The "slogan" for our life's mission is "listen, learn, and do." Doing is behavior. This is a behavioral teaching. In another place ACIM teaches us that we will be "busy doing" when we follow the Holy Spirit's or Jesus' guidance. "This quiet center, in which you do nothing, will remain with you, giving you rest in the midst of every busy doing on which you are sent. For from this center will you be directed how to use the body sinlessly." (OrEd.Tx.18.70) Continuing on these themes of Crusade and busy doings there is this quotation, "Let us not rest content until the world has joined our changed perception. Let us not be satisfied until forgiveness has been made complete. And let us not attempt to change our function. We must save the world." (OrEd.WkBk.SpTp241.5) ACIM is teaching us that we are going to be so busy doing on this Great Crusade that we can not rest content.

It is also extremely clear that ACIM is requiring us to use our bodies in the salvation process, even specific parts of our bodies. "My eyes, my tongue, my hands, my feet today -- Have but one purpose—to be given Christ -- To use to bless the world with miracles." (OrEd.WkBk.353) The same idea is expressed again here, "Pray that the Second Coming will be soon, but do not rest with that. It needs your eyes and ears and hands and feet. It needs your voice. And most of all it needs your willingness." (OrEd.WkBk.SpTp301.5) The "Second Coming," the "Great Crusade," the Atonement itself needs the behavior of our bodies as a whole and of specific parts of our bodies as well. In this way ACIM is a dynamic and profound behavioral teaching.

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A Course In Miracles does not teach any "specific" behaviors like many other spiritual disciplines or religions. Actually, what religions or spiritualities frequently teach about behavior is what not to do. ACIM does not teach that it is a sin to be sexual outside of the "sacrament" of marriage. ACIM does not teach that homosexual behavior is wrong. ACIM does not teach that eating meat is "murder." Therefore ACIM does not teach vegetarianism or sexual abstinence. ACIM doesn't teach that you have to go to church on Sunday. ACIM doesn't teach that you need to tithe 10% of your income to a central organization. In this sense, ACIM isn't about behavior.

However, it is the author's opinion that to make a general statement that ACIM in not about behavior is simplistic. The author does not believe that it is true. "God offers only mercy. Your words should reflect only mercy because that is what you have received, and that is what you should give." (OrEd.Tx.2.20) That's a behavioral guideline. Our words should be merciful / loving. This is ACIM telling us how to speak. That's behavior. It also in not 100% true that ACIM never teaches anything specific about behavior either. "It is not wise to lie down for [your quiet time]. It is better to sit up, in whatever position you prefer. Having gone through the workbook you must have come to some conclusions in this respect." (OrEd.Mn.16.5) Better to sit up than to lie down for our quiet, prayer meditation time. That is definitely a specific behavior.

ACIM is very clear that Holy Spirit and Jesus should be guiding our behavior. "In everything be led by Him and do not reconsider." (OrEd.Tx.13.81) Holy Spirit and Jesus are charge of our behavior. That's a powerful behavioral teaching from ACIM. It's clearly repeated in the Workbook. "What would You have me do? Where would You have me go? What would You have me say, and to whom?” (OrEd.WkBk.71) This passage teaches us to ask Holy Spirit what to do and say. That is a clear behavior teaching. In truth, there are many powerful behavior teachings all throughout ACIM. Here's another one, "You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think." (OrEd.Tx.2.73) We get our thinking "straight" and aligned with Holy Spirit, with Jesus, then we will "behave" correctly. That is a behavior teaching.

It is actually accurate to say that ACIM is a profound teaching on "Miracle Minded" behavior. In many place there is an actual call to action, a "Great Crusade." "As you share my inability to tolerate lack of love in yourself and others, you must join the Great Crusade to correct it. The slogan for the Crusade is Listen, learn and do: Listen to my voice, learn to undo error, and do something to correct it." (OrEd.Tx.1.31) The "slogan" for our life's mission is "listen, learn, and do." Doing is behavior. This is a behavioral teaching. In another place ACIM teaches us that we will be "busy doing" when we follow the Holy Spirit's or Jesus' guidance. "This quiet center, in which you do nothing, will remain with you, giving you rest in the midst of every busy doing on which you are sent. For from this center will you be directed how to use the body sinlessly." (OrEd.Tx.18.70) Continuing on these themes of Crusade and busy doings there is this quotation, "Let us not rest content until the world has joined our changed perception. Let us not be satisfied until forgiveness has been made complete. And let us not attempt to change our function. We must save the world." (OrEd.WkBk.SpTp241.5) ACIM is teaching us that we are going to be so busy doing on this Great Crusade that we can not rest content.

It is also extremely clear that ACIM is requiring us to use our bodies in the salvation process, even specific parts of our bodies. "My eyes, my tongue, my hands, my feet today -- Have but one purpose—to be given Christ -- To use to bless the world with miracles." (OrEd.WkBk.353) The same idea is expressed again here, "Pray that the Second Coming will be soon, but do not rest with that. It needs your eyes and ears and hands and feet. It needs your voice. And most of all it needs your willingness." (OrEd.WkBk.SpTp301.5) The "Second Coming," the "Great Crusade," the Atonement itself needs the behavior of our bodies as a whole and of specific parts of our bodies as well. In this way ACIM is a dynamic and profound behavioral teaching.

Please help support the healing work of the Community Miracles Center by becoming a Supporting Member. Our members receive many ongoing benefits that help them grow into a full realization of the A Course In Miracles philosophy guiding their mirs. Together this ministry is bringing the Real World into manifestation.

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First, the world is not a creation. It is a making or a manifestation. Creation in A Course In Miracles refers to Eternal things, like Us or like our own True Creations. Things that seem to exist in this world of time and space are made and not created. So, how did we make the world? What always works for me is to remember that ACIM tells us that the world is a dream in our minds. We make it just like we make up all the dream worlds we find ourselves in when we sleep at night. It's a mental construct, an hallucination really. ACIM tells us we took a "scrap" from here and a "thread" from there and assembled them into a chaotic world that doesn't exist. "... here the maker of the dream believes that what he made is happening to him. He does not realize he picked a thread from here, a scrap from there, and wove a picture out of nothing. For the parts do not belong together, and the whole contributes nothing to the parts to give them meaning." (OrEd.Tx.24.41)

Usually in dreams we have at night we do not realize that we are dreaming. We think the dream is real. That's all that's happening right now with this world we seem to be in. We're dreaming it, but we don't realize it. It seems real. ACIM helps us to learn we are dreaming the world we appear to be in. At first we learn it as an intellectual idea. However, as we continue to practice ACIM we begin to have more an more experiences that prove to us that what the Course has taught to us intellectually is actually so. Once we learn that we are the cause of the world we are saved, and we bring salvation to the world. "I am not asked to take salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith. For God has promised He will hear my call and answer me Himself. Let me but learn from my experience that this is true, and faith in Him must surely come to me." (OrEd.WkBk.327.1)

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Your question is very well worded and shows how much you do know. It only "seems" hard. In truth it isn't hard. It seems hard to think we are a Divine being because we cling stubbornly to thinking of ourselves as something else and we want that something else to be true. A Course In Miracles has numerous ways of explaining this, however all the explanations don't truly help if all we do is intellectually learn them. The only way out of this illusion is through it. For me, I keep doing my best to come from an awareness of my Divinity, my God self, and then offer up to the Holy Spirit for correction all the beliefs that I can identify that stand in the way of this. When I remember that it can not actually be hard to remember who and what I am I feel encouraged to keep doing my best.

One way ACIM describes "why" is because we, in our insanity, believe that God is going to punish us for the the "sin" of separation we think we have committed. So we, in another futile act of defiance, punish ourselves first by believing we are limited, weak, and mortal. It's like we're say, "I'll show you Divine Creator. You think you're so omnipotent do you? I punish myself worse than you could ever think of. I'll get sick, have terrible pain, and die! Yah! How's that Big One?" ACIM says, "But if he chooses death himself, his weakness is his strength. Now has he given himself what God would give to him and thus entirely usurped the throne of his Creator." (OrEd.Mn.5.3)

We are very attached to this type of thinking. Instead of surrendering into our eternal, infinite perfection we inflict suffering on ourselves to show the Divine, God, that we're just a big and powerful as It is. Except the God doesn't want to punish us. That's our insanity. This is the thinking that makes it all "seem" difficult.

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This is a very common confusion. A Course In Miracle is quite clear that the Real World is not Heaven. The Real World is still a "world," however it is a world that reflects Reality or Heaven. "The real world still is but a dream. ... It is a dream in which no one is used to substitute for something else nor interposed between the thoughts the mind conceives and what it sees. No one is used for something he is not ... And what was once a dream of judgment now has changed into a dream where all is joy because that is the purpose which it has. Only forgiving dreams can enter here, for time is almost over." (OrEd.Tx.29.67) There are many other passages which would say the same thing.

There is a special topic in part two of the Workbook titled, "What is the Real World?" (Right after Lesson #290) That also contains clear statements that the Real World is not Heaven or Reality. Here are a few selected quotations from there. "The real world is a symbol like the rest of what perception offers. Yet it stands for what is opposite to what you made. Your world is seen through eyes of fear, and brings the witnesses of terror to your mind. The real world cannot be perceived except through eyes forgiveness blesses, so they see a world where terror is impossible and witnesses to fear can not be found. -- The real world holds a counterpart for each unhappy thought reflected in your world, a sure correction for the sights of fear and sounds of battle which your world contains. The real world shows a world seen differently, through quiet eyes and with a mind at peace. Nothing but rest is there. There are no cries of pain and sorrow heard, for nothing here remains outside forgiveness. And the sights are gentle. Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself. -- The real world is the symbol that the dream of sin and guilt is over and God’s Son no longer sleeps. His waking eyes perceive the sure reflection of his Father’s Love, the certain promise that he is redeemed." (OrEd.WkBk.SpTp291.1.2.4)

The Real World is sometimes called "The Last Illusion" or the "Final Dream." It's the happy dream that God wakes us up from. We can't wake up from a nightmare

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