Excerpted from ‘A Course in Miracles’:
Consciousness, the level of perception, was the first split introduced into the mind after the separation, making the mind a perceiver rather than a creator. Consciousness is correctly identified as the domain of the ego. The ego is a wrong-minded attempt to perceive yourself as you wish to be, rather than as you are. Yet you can know yourself only as you are, because that is all you can be sure of. Everything else is open to question.
Conceptually, the ‘separation’ referred to can be thought of as our inward turn into our minds, leaving our bodies behind. Our total intelligence would be our minds plus the body where the ‘mind’ as we perceive it is just something that observes thoughts and whatever else it perceives. It cannot think. We are currently existing in a state of not consciously thinking. Conscious thinking would involve understanding the thought behind all of our actions and the fact the we deliberated those thoughts, then decided to take the action. The action is whatever we are doing here. The un-perceived thought came from our non-physical selves. The decision to act on the thought came from our non-physical body/intelligence self that we are not even aware of. Insanity describes this condition.
Earth is a mirror of the non-physical. Our non-physical bodies resemble our Earth type bodies. We are completely disassociated from our non-physical selves and are existing in a form of psychosis, or insanity. We exist within our imagination, completely made up versions of ourselves. Our Earth lives are intended to reconnect us to our non-physical selves. This is the spiritual journey of self-acceptance. Our ‘fall’ was brought about by a rejection of our God given selves in favor of an image of ourselves we create. We cannot walk away into ‘heaven’, reconnected as a sane being u till we fully accept ourselves as we are, not as we wish to be. Until then we are flailing around in a form of insanity and unawareness resulting from the disassociation with our actual selves.
This excerpt is from lesson 96 of the book, A Course in Miracles. It helps, when trying to understand something and remember it, to write it down as you think. This way, your body is participating in the thinking, taking it out of the mind and making you, in a way, act out the thoughts, anchoring it in reality. Note: caps seem to refer to subjects residing in the non-physical.
Although you are one self, you experience yourself as two; as both good and evil, loving and hating, mind and body. This sense of being split into opposites induces feelings of acute and constant conflict, and leads to frantic attempts to reconcile the contradictory aspects of this self-perception. You have sought many such solutions, and none of them has worked. The opposites you see in you will never be compatible. But one exists.
The fact that truth and illusion cannot be reconciled, no matter how you try, what means you use and where you see the problem, must be accepted if you would be saved. Until you have accepted this, you will attempt an endless list of goals you cannot reach; a senseless series of expenditures of time and effort, hopefulness and doubt, each one as futile as the one before, and failing as the next one surely will.
Problems that have no meaning cannot be revealed within the framework they are set. Two selves in conflict could not be resolved, and good and evil have no meeting place. The self you made can never be your Self, nor can your Self be split in two, and still be what It is and must forever be. A mind and body cannot both exist. Make no attempt to reconcile the two, for one denies the other can be real. If you are physical, your mind is gone from your self-concept, for it has no place in which it could be really part of you. If you are spirit, then the body must be meaningless in your reality.
Spirit makes use of mind as means to find its Self expression. And the mind which serves the spirit is at peace and filled with joy. Its power comes from spirit, and it is fulfilling happily it function here. Yet mind can also see itself divorced from spirit, and perceive itself within a body it confuses with itself. Without its function then it has no peace, and happiness is alien to its thoughts.
Yet mind apart from spirit cannot think. It has denied its Source of strength, and sees itself as helpless, limited and weak. Dissociated from its function now, it thinks it is alone and separate, attacked by armies massed against itself and hiding in the body’s frail support. Now must it reconcile unlike with like, for this is what it thinks it is for.
Waste no more time on this. Who can resolve the senseless conflicts which a dream presents? What could the resolution mean in truth? What purpose could it serve? What is it for? Salvation cannot make illusions real, nor solve a problem that does not exist. Perhaps you hope it can. Yet would you have God’s plan for the release of His dear Son bring pain to him, and fail to set him free?
Your Self retains Its [own] Thoughts, and they remain within your mind and in the Mind of God. The Holy Spirit holds salvation in your mind, and offers it the way to peace. Salvation is a thought you share with God, because His Voice accepted it for you and answered in your name that it was done. This is salvation kept among the Thoughts your Self holds dear and cherishes for you.
We will attempt today to find this thought, whose presence in your mind is guaranteed by Him Who speaks to you from your one Self. [See How A Guide May Be Set Up]. Our hourly five-minute practicing will be a search for Him within your mind. Salvation comes from this one Self through Him Who is the Bridge between your mind and It. Wait patiently, and let Him speak to you about your Self, and what your mind can do, restored to It and free to serve Its Will.
Begin with saying this:
Salvation comes from my one Self. Its Thoughts are mine to use.
Then seek Its Thoughts and claim them as your own. These are your own real thoughts you have denied, and let your mind go wandering in a world of dreams, to find illusions in their place. Here are your thoughts, the only ones you have. Salvation is among them; find it here.
If you succeed, the thoughts that come to you will tell you you are saved, and that your mind has found the function that it sought to lose. Your Self will welcome it and give it peace. Restored in strength, it will again flow out from spirit to the spirit in all things created by the Spirit as Itself. Your mind will bless all things. Confusion done, you are restored, for you have found your Self.
Your Self knows that you cannot fail today. Perhaps your mind remains uncertain yet a little while. Be not dismayed by this. The joy your Self experiences It will save for you, and it will yet be yours in full awareness. Every time you spend five minutes of the hour seeking Him Who joins your mind and Self, you offer Him another treasure to be kept for you.
Each time today you tell your frantic mind salvation comes from your one [True] Self, you lay another treasure in your growing store. And all of it is given everyone who asks for it, and wil accept the gift. Think, then, how much is given unto you to give this day, that it be given you!
Ideas on our relationship to our bodies, taken from ‘A Course In Miracles’.
T- 19.IV.B.14. Why should the body be anything to you? Certainly what it is made of is not precious. And just as certainly it has no feeling. It transmits to you the feelings that you want. Like any communication medium the body receives and sends the messages that it is given. It has no feeling for them. All of the feeling with which they are invested is given by the sender and the receiver. The ego and the Holy Spirit both recognize this, and both also recognize that here the sender and receiver are the same. The Holy Spirit tells you this with joy. The ego hides it, for it would keep you unaware of it. Who would send messages of hatred and attack if he but understood he sends them to himself? Who would accuse, make guilty and condemn himself?
We are the energy of consciousness interacting with the physical universe. Our interaction with physical energy produces an energy field around us that we call our body. It is the attention of our conscious energy that warps physicality into resonance with our thoughts and feelings. When we pull our attention away from the physical energy of the universe, we change perspective back to formlessness. This formlessness, our existence outside of the physical is what we refer to as ‘Heaven’. The experience ther resembles the type of experience we have in the formless dream state.
So our bodies are fields of physical energy created by our own thoughts. Anything we feel, we feel within our bodies. Another body can feel a certain way and effect the way our body feels if we resonate with it. So someone can project the energy of anger, which we can feel, but the anger is theirs. They feel it in their own body. If we choose to resonate with it, we can feel it in our body. If we choose not to resonate with it, then we sense their anger with our body, but do not feel it as our own. Essentially, we decide not to join them in acting out anger.
So it appears to the person that he is sending out anger, but he is also receiving the feeling within his own body. He is sending out his thoughts which produce anger in his own body. This is how the sender and receiver are the same. This is also how emotions can be transmitted to people if people decide to resonate with it – their bodies feel it, they put attention to it, recognize it as anger, decide they are angry, then make up a reason why – ‘that person yelling at me just made me angry’.
T- 19.IV.B.15. The ego’s messages are always sent away from you, in the belief that for your message of attack and guilt will someone other than yourself suffer. And even if you suffer, yet someone else will suffer more. The great deceiver recognizes that this is not so, but as the “enemy” of peace, it urges you to send out all your messages of hate and free yourself. And to convince you this is possible, it bids the body search for pain in attack upon another, calling it pleasure and offering it to you as freedom from attack.
In the transmission of anger, someone can see themselves as under attack as another expresses anger. We are always sending our energy out when we are expressing. Because we have bodies, physical energy around us, we can hurt eachother’s bodies. These bodies are effected by the frequencies of resonance with emotions. Negative emotions are negative because we hurt ourselves when feeling and expressing them. The physical oscillations hurt the body and cause chaos in the biological systems of others as well, if they take on that resonant frequency within their own bodies.
If a person hates someone, they feel a sensation within their body. They can choose to hurt someone else by putting their attention on them and physically assaulting them or psychologically messing with them. The one assaulting is putting attention on this hate energy and increasing it, keeping it resonating. In this way, they are hurting themselves. Their intent in hurting another is to express the feeling to the other, thinking this will release it from them, or else help them feel better. It only makes it worse because extra feelings, such as guilt, are added in.
If you focus on a feeling within the body, which can feel like a knot of energy, or a burning sensation, thoughts will come to mind related to,that emotion. So let yourself feel the emotion and observe your thoughts. This will help you understand the belief behind the emotion and help to clear it..
T- 13.VI.5. The miracle enables you to see your brother without his past, and so perceive him as born again. His errors are all past, and by perceiving him without them you are releasing him. And since his past is yours, you share in this release. Let no dark cloud out of your past obscure him from you, for truth lies only in the present, and you will find it if you seek it there. You have looked for it where it is not, and therefore have not found it. Learn, then, to seek it where it is, and it will dawn on eyes that see. Your past was made in anger, and if you use it to attack the present, you will not see the freedom that the present holds. – A Course in Miracles
This is dedicated to everyone we know in our lives with whom we have ever had an argument and now hold a less than ideal version of them in our minds. Today is the first day I ever met you and have forgotten all past interactions, acknowledging that I never really looked at you when we were arguing so I wasn’t really interacting with you. I was interacting with my own attitude. Now I would like a second chance to know the real you. I’m looking forward to our next encounter.