THE STATED PURPOSE OF A COURSE IN MIRACLES IS TO CHANGE OUR PERCEPTION, FROM SEEING WITH SEPARATED EYES TO SEEING WITH UNIFIED EYES; IT CALLS THIS CORRECTION OF SEEING. WHEN PERCEPTION IS CORRECTED, WE THEREAFTER SLIDE BACK INTO THE NON-PERCEPTUAL WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE, HEAVEN
A course in miracles is written in poetic form. It states the truth in poetic form but not all of us can understand the language of poems.
I am not a poet, so I translate the truth in A course in miracles to prose. What the course is saying in lesson fifteen of its workbook (see below) is that in eternity, heaven we have knowledge. Knowledge obtains in unified state.
We chose to separate from unified state; we opposed the will of God; the will of God is that he and his sons are one shared self with one shared mind; God wills that he and his sons are unified (God is unified spirit self).
All things are forever unified; if they separated God and his sons would die; if the universe is separated it must die, as our physical universe must end; only in union, which is only possible in formless spirit state, are things eternal, permanent and changeless.
Beginning with the big bang, 13.8 billion years ago, we now seem separated from the whole, God, and from each other. We now live as separated, individuated and independent selves. We now live in a world of space, time and matter, a world of multiplicity.
I am here and you are over there. Each of us has a wall of flesh around his self and mind. Because we live-in space and time and in bodies we think that we cannot know what is in each other’s minds.
Our thinking is now no longer the type of thinking done in heaven. In heaven we think wholistically, with joined minds hence are creative. On earth we think with separated minds which are not creative but inventive.
Separated thinking is not thinking; it is mere image making. When, in ego separated states, we think we make images and project those images out and see them in forms, the physical universe and think that we are seeing real things.
The physical universe does not exist; it is a mere dream state and what we see in dreams are not there. Where we see the physical universe is nothing. In fact, where we see our world and people, we are seeing nothing.
Our minds are blank when we think with separated minds; blank or not it is separated minds that produced our physical universe so we must not minimize its power.
To think as in heaven, we must do so with connected, joined minds. That unified thinking is creative. When we think with unified mind, think in tandem, in concert with all minds we create things.
Unified thinking, our pattern of thinking in heaven is creative; separated thinking invents mirages, delusions that we believe are real but without belief are not there.
The physical universe is hallucination, delusion, insane world that we see as real but is not even there!
We are now in the world of perception, the world of seeing. I see you in body and you see me in body, but I cannot know what you are thinking, and you cannot know what I am thinking. We use our bodies to hide our thoughts from each other. We are ignorant of each other’s real intentions.
We try to read body language and use other means, such as astrology, to enable us to understand what each other is thinking but the fact is that if we are in separated states, we cannot know what is in each other’s minds. We are in the world of appearances and only see us in bodies.
Even our bodies we do not see correctly. We see flesh. Flesh is made from matter; matter is made from the ninety-two elements in the universe. Our bodies are made of mostly carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, copper and so on. Those elements are made of electrons, protons and neutrons; those particles of the atom are made from light. Thus, where we see our bodies is really nothing but physical light.
If our seeing is corrected, we see each other not in bodies but in light forms.
If you want to correct your perception then love and forgive everything you see, including people, animals, plants, and the entire universe.
If you look at people and the universe with love and forgiveness you will see them in light forms. When we see with love and forgiveness hence see things in light forms, A course in miracles says that our seeing is now corrected and has approximated knowledge but is not knowledge.
Our world is corrected by the Holy Spirit. The term Holy Spirit is poetic term for seeing with love and forgiveness; when we see with love and forgiveness all things will be seen in the light.
From the world of light forms we all collectively return to knowledge, to perfect awareness that we are parts of one formless self, God, with infinite sons.
The knowledge of formless, unified spirit self with infinite sons, all of whom sharing oneself and one mind, is called return to God, return to heaven.
That knowledge of eternal oneness cannot be gained through dense perception of matter or corrected perception in light forms but only when all forms, dense or light are given up.
First, we must correct our dense seeing and make it seeing in the light and thereafter return to a world beyond seeing, heaven, a world that no words can describe for in it although there are infinite selves they are one, there is no space, time and matter separating them so they know what each other is thinking and instantaneously respond to each other at that level.
This is what Professor Helen Schucman is saying in her A course in miracles, workbook, Lesson 15. She talked in poetic form, and I translated what she said to prose. I did not add or subtract from what she said.
Each of us performs his function, hers is to author a spiritual poem, mine is to translate it to spiritual science.
Now, see her exquisite poem below.
October 27, 2021
Two days ago, I learned that Judith Skutch Whitson (1931-2021), the lady responsible for making Dr. Helen Schucman’s book, A course in miracles, available to the world died on October 19, 2021. May her soul rest in the light and, hopefully, thereafter, transit to the formless world of God.
A COURSE IN MIRACLES, WORKBOOK, LESSON 15
My Thoughts Are Images That I Have Made.
It is because the thoughts you think you think appear as images that you do not recognize them as nothing. You think you think them, and so you think you see them. This is how your “seeing” was made. This is the function you have given your body’s eyes. It is not seeing. It is image making. It takes the place of seeing, replacing vision with illusions.
This introductory idea to the process of image making that you call seeing will not have much meaning for you. You will begin to understand it when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects which you see now. That is the beginning of real vision. You can be certain that real vision will come quickly when this has occurred.
As we go along, you may have many “light episodes.” They may take many different forms, some of them quite unexpected. Do not be afraid of them. They are signs that you are opening your eyes at last. They will not persist, because they merely symbolize true perception, and they are not related to knowledge. These exercises will not reveal knowledge to you. But they will prepare the way to it.
In practicing the idea for today, repeat it first to yourself, and then apply it to whatever you see around you, using its name and letting your eyes rest on it as you say:
This _______ is an image that I have made.
That _______ is an image that I have made
It is not necessary to include many specific subjects for the application of today’s idea. It is necessary, however, to continue to look at each subject while you repeat the idea to yourself. The idea should be repeated quite slowly each time.
Although you will obviously not be able to apply the idea to very many things during the minute or so of practice that is recommended, try to make the selection as random as possible. Less than a minute will do for the practice periods if you begin to feel uneasy. Do not have more than three application periods for today’s idea unless you feel completely comfortable with it, and do not exceed four. However, the idea can be applied as needed throughout the day.
(From A course in miracles, workbook, lesson fifteen, page 25.)