This information begins a set on which A Course in Miracles (ACIM) means when it speaks of the “miracle” and the “mind.” Some students can cite definitions from the Course, understanding the non-dualistic meaning within the knowledge of dualism takes some time to master and apply. It is only with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit that individuals can attempt unlearning-learning process. Correction is in your brain of the perceiver and not through forms as true choice is between listening two voices: God or the ego. Claims to be of a “miracle mind” is truly the ego, forgiveness-to-destroy and spiritual specialness. The ego speaks first and the loudest. Love is quiet; and love is expressed nowadays through right-minded forgiveness.

Spiritual specialness is from the unconscious arrogance of the ego wrong mind which believes it is in competition with God. Since we’re yet, we’re actually competing with everyone constantly until we learn this lesson. All conflict arises from the idea of competition living miracles store. Spiritual specialness makes some relationships holy and others not as the ego’s agenda is that individuals don’t remember that the point given anything is in your brain from choosing with God or the ego. To get back our decision making ability is the point of the Course.

The ego’s voice, which we mistakenly believe may be the Holy Spirit, contains no humility nor dependence on God. Rather, it is the voice if you are self-created, i.e., the authority problem. Most of us have confusion regarding the writer of our existence (ego or God) and the difference between form (illusion) and content (mind where correction take place). To be miracle-minded, we can not be in conflict on any level for the right-mind itself is conflict-free. There’s a distinction between right-miracle-minded and the miracle mind of the ego.

We have no honesty when we use spiritual specialness as we are saying we’re more holy, more chosen by God than another. This can be a defense against the alternative and we will be discussing this subject in greater depth in subsequent article. Being more chosen may be the antithesis of the Course’s message.

To continue this discussion, let’s begin with some word symbol definitions. We will look at the ego definition and the Course’s definition. Only the ego is fully definable because it is limitation itself. Perceived lack through projected forms (illusions) leads straight to spiritual specialness.

The Ego’s Miracle:

In the dictionary, the term symbol definition for “miracle” is: “An astonishing or welcome event that’s not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore regarded as the task of a divine agency.” The meaning for “agency” is, “An organization with several parties.”

This can be a perfect example wherein two separate parties, the ego god and its version of the vengeful God, compete for forms within the dualistic illusion as the “divine agency.” For this reason forms don’t need correction but alternatively your brain that perceives this silliness is needing correction. Asking the ego god for magic event (to replace a form with a form) distorts prayer and the Son forgets who He is. The ego becomes the writer of the Son’s existence and spiritual specialness takes root wherein the Son who is choosing the ego, competes with God to make himself special to get noticed by God. As long as we don’t look at this, we remain a prisoner of this world.

A common mistake for getting noticed here by God is to trust that changing our mind will change our life (forms, bodies, behaviors, relationships, etc.). In line with the ego, if we have a great life, we avoid punishment but you’ll find so many versions (forms) of a great life so that’s saturated in judgment. Again, changing forms make error real because it applies judgment that certain form is much better while condemning another.

There’s no life beyond Heaven. Purpose is in your brain; and our life’s purpose is to master and practice forgiveness when we should be miracle-minded. Peace, or inner peace, is all about content and not form. It is from choosing what’s not of this world (the right-minded content of the Holy Sprit) which is the true miracle-mind within the illusory world. The miracle is a shift in perception and not really a shift in form (illusion).

The Course’s Miracle:

In the Course, the term symbol definition for “miracle” is fairly long as a result of what all magic accomplishes. We’ve referenced some aspects but to completely understand the miracle, spend time and willingness to unlearn the ego version and learn the ACIM version by beginning with Chapter 1: The Meaning of Miracles. Additionally, Kenneth Wapnick has written a guide called, “The 50 Miracle Principles of A Course in Miracles.” For the goal of this brief article, it is sufficient for people to incorporate the following into the discussion:

“The miracle forgives; the ego damns (C-2.10). Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction because it does not have any element of judgment at all (T-2.V.A). Wholeness may be the perception content of miracles. Thus they correct, or atone for, the faulty perception of lack (T-1.I.41). Miracles arise from the miraculous state of mind, or state of miracle readiness (T-1.I.43). Miracles are an expression of inner awareness of Christ and acceptance of His Atonement (T-1.I.44).”

The Ego’s Mind:

In the dictionary, the term symbol definition for “mind” is: “The element of a person that allows them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to believe and to feel, the intelligence and brains, reasoning and judgment.” Intelligence is a key point which reveals the choice being created using the ego wrong mind.

Intelligence is defined as, “The capacity to acquire knowledge and skills, intellect, judgment and reasoning.” Intelligence makes the entire world real (error real) by applying judgment that certain form is better than another. If we look back at the Course’s definition for the miracle, “Miracle-minded forgiveness is the only real correction because it does not have any element of judgment at all (T-2.V.A).

How quickly intelligence gets used as a weapon through spiritual specialness to compete with God is astounding. We believe we’re following a Holy Spirit’s guidance if it is truly the ego god. For instance, everywhere we use intelligence to handle other people’s issues which is really a blame projection. You will find no “other people’s issues” unless we first believe in separation and differences and desire to see our repressed guilt in another. Everyone and everything is a part of our mind. Further, to claim it is our job to handle or correct other’s issues take specialness to a much more arrogant level to be chosen by God. We are literally saying with your ego that individuals may do the Holy Spirit’s job a lot better than Him which takes out a billboard sign announcing our direct competition with God. It uses, “I’m a lot better than you” forgiveness-to-destroy, the absolute most massive in separation between God and our brothers.

The intellect can be to blame behind our need to produce a curriculum of teaching the Course through retreats and workshops for money. In other words, we are now saying the Course’s curriculum by Jesus is insufficient and we can do better. We try this because we do not understand the Course’s point that individuals are all unhealed healers attempting to do what we cannot do for ourselves and thus why we truly need the Voice for God. This is another point to be discussed in a future article. Very, very few are right-minded enough to allow the Holy Spirit lead just how because most believe they’re in competition with God and others.

Nowhere does some of this signify we may not need boundaries with ego’s crossing the line with spiritual specialness. In reality, it is unkind not to have boundaries when spiritual specialness takes over since it includes such massive arrogance of someone believing they’re a lot better than another. Competition makes egos act incredibly vengeful because of the total belief in lack.

The Course’s Mind:

In the Course, the term symbol definition for “mind” is, “The activating agent of spirit, supplying its creative energy (C-1.1).” This is broken on to, “Right-mindedness which refers to the Holy Spirit, forgives the entire world, and through Christ’s vision sees actuality in its place (C-1.5); and wrong-mindedness which listens to the ego and makes illusions (C-1.6). These days, the only real remaining freedom may be the freedom of preference; always between two choices or two voices (C-1.7).”

As Kenneth Wapnick once said, “Love is quiet and will not need to make assertions.” The miracle-minded understand that prayer is always to ask to learn to forgive first in order that true prayer is released back into song. Our goal is usually to be miracle-minded with the true miracle mind of the Holy Spirit right-mind and that’s only through choice. The power of decision is the one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world You can choose to see right (T-12.VII.9).