Reclaiming your True Power [ACIM Series Part 4]

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In this part of the A Course in Miracles series, I want to give you an insight into what is the main goal of the Course and how it applies to our daily lives.
The reason why I started to write about ACIM is not because it is more true or better than other systems of spiritual development. Let’s not forget, that ACIM is just an illusionary book in a dream world, so how could it be any better than others anyway? The reason is, that I know of no other system, that offers so many insights on so many different spiritual, psychological or philosophical topics. It’s a way of looking differently and then, when seeing the different options clearly, to make our own decision.
It doesn’t tell us, what our decision should be!
The Course never tells us what to do in form - it’s only focus is the content.

ACIM is also very radical, because it contradicts everything our Egos thought system is made of. In the end, it describes exactly, how our Ego works and offers the exact opposite thought system, as a way of undoing it.
It doesn't take away the choice though! This is a very important point.
ACIM basically offers us two totally different thought systems and tells us: “Now that you know them, it's up to you to choose!“.

The Decision Maker

This raises the question, who the Course is addressing its message to?
It can’t be the Ego, because the Ego is already itself a decision and it can’t be God, because „he“ doesn’t need the Course. So who is it talking to?
This understanding changed everything for me, so I wanted to share it with you too.

In other systems of non-duality (like Advaita Vedanta) there is only the Ego (duality) on the one hand and All-that-is (non duality, Truth, God etc) on the other.
You are either in Maya (illusion) or you are enlightened. That’s it.
The way it is described in these systems is, that through some realization, years of meditations, the grace of a Guru or some insight, „you“ shift your stance from Maya (Samsara) to Truth (Nirvana).
ACIM has a totally different approach. It says, that the difference between Samsara and Nirvana is a decision.

So there is an instance in our Mind (with a capital „M“ - since it means the universal Mind/Spirit and not the personal ego mind, that is part of the brains functioning), that is called the „decision maker“.
The „decision maker“ could also be called our Soul. (Now ACIM doesn’t use the word soul at all, because most people will associate a soul with some kind of non-physical super-ego, which is not meant here.)
Another word would be the „I AM“ principle.
So whatever you call this instance in our Mind, this decision maker is our „first principle“, that came into existence with the illusionary belief in the separation from God.
Remember that, like I described in previous articles, nothing else happened until now. We just ate the apple in the Garden Eden and since then we are hallucinating…. 😉

Job description: „Master of the Universe“

The sole function of the decision maker is to decide each moment between two possible thought systems. It does nothing else.
Now what sounds like a very boring job, is actually the most important and powerful job in all of existence!
Every moment, we can now decide, if we prefer the Egos thought system of sin (past), guilt (present) and fear (future). This is called „the unholy trinity“.
Or we can choose the Holy Spirits (Jesus or any other symbol of truth) thought system of Peace and Love.

As a sidenote and because many of you will think, that the Ego and its world can also stand for happiness , joy and beauty:
Yes, the illusion seems to be beautiful sometimes, and from my experience, as long as Maya appears beautiful, there will be no motivation to wake up. You will rearrange the furniture on the Titanic and keep the music playing. This is exactly, what the Ego promises us: to make things work in this world and to learn to accept things, that don't work. Most spiritual and psychological paths will exactly teach that Ego dream.
ACIM is also not here to tell us, that we have to dislike Maya (this is a trap our dualistic mind falls into)! Why should you dislike something, that is not there anyway?
By all means: Try to make the world work for you!
But one thing can be said for sure: if you don't look on the main causes of suffering in the world and you haven't reached a state of total disillusionment, you won't look for a different solution and a different way to see things.
So yes, ACIM is surely not for "everyone“, because if your world works out well, you won’t have the need for another option.
Just be aware, that if there is no need for another option, you have also nothing to decide for or between! (and therefore have no Power)

True inner power

In other words: if your only option is the Egos thought system, you will be trapped inside it and trying to decide from inside the Ego.
You will be caught in the victim-attacker-circle.
The reason for this is, because from inside the Egos thought system, there will always be cause and effect. (and they have a different source)
Either something outside of you (another person, a virus etc) is the cause for your inner state (of sickness, misery or even happiness) or the other way around.
To make things worse, this is also true for the resolution of this state.
If the cause comes from the outside, so will be the solution.
The Egos system is fool-proof from inside, but it’s not God-proof…

Luckily there is another option to the Egos thought system! That’s the good news (and actually the only good news there is)…
Once you are aware of another option, you (=the decision maker) can really decide and with that, become the source of your salvation.
This is the meaning of true empowerment!

Here is an excerpt from Lesson 70 from the ACIM workbook called „My salvation comes from me.“:

When you realize that all guilt is solely an invention of your mind, you also realize that guilt and salvation must be in the same place. In understanding this you are saved. The seeming cost of accepting [that the salvation comes from you]: It means that nothing outside yourself can save you; nothing outside yourself can give you peace. But it also means that nothing outside yourself can hurt you, or disturb your peace or upset you in any way. Today's idea places you in charge of the universe, where you belong because of what you are. This is not a role that can be partially accepted. And you must surely begin to see that accepting it is salvation.

( „Guilt“ in ACIM means „the belief in the separation from God“, as described in the previous parts of this series.)

So once you see, that there is a totally different way of looking at things as you previously did, you can really reclaim your power as the decision maker and make this your only job each and every moment of your daily life.

In the next part of this series, I want to explain in more detail, what „this other option“ looks like and we will go into detail into one of the courses most important concepts of „ideas leave not their source“.
I hope this helps in understanding these groundbreaking concepts better, and lead to the realization, that what we are, is pure Mind and not an Ego in a physical body.
Again, the decision maker is not located in a physical body, but is a focus inside the (universal) Mind. This has to become utterly clear, for all other realizations to follow.

True inner power is the power to decide between Samsara (Ego) and Nirvana (God). This is not a philosophical concept, you just think about after having some glasses of wine with your best friend. This is a day to day - moment to moment - decision, on how you want to live your life.
To reclaim your power, you have to be aware, that there really is an option and for that, you have to have a sober look at what your current world is made of.

Love and Blessings,
Atmos


P.S: The picture above was again taken by a friend at her recent trip to Hawaii and shows the pure power of a vulcano in form. Thank you, Cella! ❤️


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True! I have an entire article dedicated to the cause and effect interplay, and once I am done with my 7-day Music Challenge I have been nominated for, I will post this as one of my next posts.

To your article:

There indeed is this victim-perpetrator-rescuer circle, each of which comes along with increased guilt in the order I put it here. Many people might think that it is just the victim and perpetrator who engage in this guilt game, but also the rescuer is partaking in it to some degree, for he still draws a categorizing judgement as to what is right and what is wrong. So the rescuer too engages in fixing the outside world instead of fixing himself only. We don't need to rescue anything and anyone, we only need to fix ourselves, and by fixing ourselves everything that is part of our Heartfelt dreams will flow with us most beautifully. For me, this major insight was one that made me feel deep sighs of relief over many years, like: "puuh, how good that I am not dependent on anyone but myself to conjure up the most wonderful dream for myself and all those closest to my Heart!" ☺

Cool article, I guess ACIM will allow for a 100-part series! ;)

Yeah! This is a big relief, because even when you are asked for help, you do (or don't) whatever is asked of you, but internally you'll always know, that your inner peace is not disturbed and whatever action you take is not the solution for the presented problem. True help is staying in your decision making mind and choosing not to take the judgement route.
Looking forward to your article and yes, since even now I get new insights daily through ACIM, there is no end in sight. I may someday stop calling this a series at all 😀

Interesting and very comprehensive post, I enjoy your writings and exploration.
I would like to offer a slightly different take when you suggest..

In other systems of non-duality (like Advaita Vedanta) there is only the Ego (duality) on the one hand and All-that-is (non duality, Truth, God etc) on the other

This is not a description of non-duality, or the Direct path, to me. Advaita, as I'm sure you are completely familiar with, alludes to there not being two. ie there is no separation. And this does not mean there is only 'oneness.'
The difficulty, of course, is that there can be no description with a dualistic language for that which is not divided or dual. It's an impossible task. Hence the best we can do is point to what it is not the case.

It's a tricky on for sure. But true Non-duality is only ever a pointer to the ever-existent,how can we say - 'ISness of being?' (maybe) There is never a suggestion of an ego/Truth split as you suggest.

The Course itself infers this in its own way when its speaks of the removing the blocks to the awareness of Loves presence and on innumerable occasions throughout.

We also have a subtle way of making this term 'ego' into somekind of 3rd party in the scene. Your ego, my ego, the ego. The sense of self-doership, me-as-author of my life (the personal 'me'), can grab and run with the idea of this separate ego and hide itself behind a myriad of constructs it can the project onto this public-enemy-No 1 .
Just some observations.
Thanks for sharing this series.

Thank you for your in depth comment!
Regarding Advaita, you are right about the core message being that there is only One, but contrary to ACIM, there is no instance of the decision maker.
Maybe the I AM principle I mentioned, but this is never taught as an agent of free will to decide between the two different thought systems.
Of course, both thought systems are part of the illusion (as I may elaborate in the next part), but what is called "the right mind" in ACIM, is the way of undoing the egos thought system (=to cancel it out).
Yes, there is the concept of Ramana "to use a thorn to remove another thorn", but this whole issue of "to whom is the teaching speaking?" is not resolved with this...

What ACIM has done recently for me, is to bring non-duality from a 25 years exploration with many deep insights, to a daily moment to moment experience.
For me it was no enough to say, that there is no ego. What in my case had to happen, is a deep understanding of how the belief in the ego works and why "we" make the decision for it. In a way it was necessary to find out, how exactly this non-existent ego works and what it makes it seem so real.

Yes, language is tricky, but we can use it, as long as we don't believe it to be the truth. If we believe it to be truth, we fall into the trap many Advaita students do, of avoiding "I", "me" and "mine" in their expressions - thinking that this way they can show their deep understanding of the topic.

You are right, I maybe could have explained the difference in teaching between ACIM and Advaita better, but there are not many readers with such a deep insight in both as you. :) Thank you for giving me the opportunity to elaborate what I wanted to express and thank you for your compliments on my series!

I think that's the beauty of posts such as yours, we can feel our way around and play with our expressions, as it were. I have to say that I don't feel there is a singular expression of non-duality, not one school per se. So it's expression is often deeply influenced by the 'teacher's own inclinations.
I guess the channeled nature of ACIM bypasses much of this aspect.
I agree about the avoiding of the personal pronouns, mental understanding is a million miles from revelation, and there is no way to begin to understand this. :)

I read your post as a book that I do not want to finish, you have so much knowledge in you that it is fascinating to read what you write, you are fascinating, I am your most faithful follower

Thank you so much! You make me blush 😀

Once again ..Such a pleasure to read your writings..@atmosblack i guess you're not posting so often it make us eager for writings .. suppose if you post 2 times a day it might be boring .. and waiting never disappointed you proved again...
And in my case how i improved my inner strength in hard way like ... If they hadn't told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn't tried to break me down, I wouldn't know that I'm unbreakable. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Thank you.

As always, thank you for reading and your wonderful comment!
Yes indeed, I only write, when I really have something to say. That's why, more than 1-2 posts per week are not possible and people also need the time to digest the stuff I'm putting out there on the buffet <3

Nice bro,your always Welcoming ❤

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Very Intresting post sir ...thanks for share

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Hello how are you? it's in part 3 but now I'm catching up reading part 4 I've been very busy but I have the time to read it.

But I agree with you the mind has so much power that sometimes we do not notice it, now I'm going to read part 5

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