Answer: Forgiveness in A Course in Miracles is really correction of the mind. From the metaphysical aspect, you have a split mind. One side of the split mind is the ego (wrong mind). The other side is the Holy Spirit (right mind) which produces correction, also known as forgiveness. In this split mind scenario, you still retain your decision maker – observer and this allows you to choose between the split mind portions. You have never lost it. If you choose judgment, you are still choosing. Therefore, it is not hidden, but still being used. The ego does not want you to know this because choosing against the ego’s judgments is death to it.
When we talk about forgiveness, we are not speaking of forgiveness as outlined by the ego world. This is a different way of thinking and can be difficult to initially grasp. Forgiveness, in this sense a course in miracles , is forgiveness for salvation by choosing the correction of the Holy Spirit (right mind) to correct the errors of the ego (wrong mind). How does one do this? The main way is by being willing to give up the ego’s judgments and thought forms in favor of correction (forgiveness).
Why would you do this? At some point in life, everyone has had enough of the way their life is heading and feels the frustration in how this world operates. So what do they do? They begin asking themselves questions and seeking answers for the truth, such as, who they are and why they are here. The answer is simple: Forgiveness, also known as correction of the mind acim . That is your purpose in life and why you are here.
On a deep unconscious level, this solution of forgiveness was placed in the mind at the time of the original separation from God. Everyone has the ability to choose from either side. Your life won’t change until you change your internal Teacher to the Holy Spirit (right mind).
Question: How do I determine what the ego is in my life?
Answer: First, one has to study what the ego is, understand it, and then be able to look back upon it without fear or guilt. The ego is a thought system based upon a series of judgments whose very foundation is fear. This goes back to the original separation and is characterized by hate, anger, blame, grievances, judgment, self-interest, specialness, depression, projections, war, death, sin, fear, guilt, and “forgiveness-to-destroy”, just to name a few. If you honestly look around, you will observe that this world is based on a kill or be killed thought system. That is the ego. It is always one or the other and never both. What is causing difficulties in life, and in this world, is that you choose to listen to the ego’s judgments about everything and they are fear-based judgments.
A Course in Miracles teaches us that according to the mind you choose from, you will see the corresponding effect. If you choose the judgments of the ego as your cause, your effect will be from that side. By choosing the Holy Spirit (right mind) as the cause, the negative effects of the ego are undone and the true effect is received: Correction (forgiveness). By changing your internal Teacher as cause, you will see a different effect for the result. All it takes is a little willingness to learn how to do this and then following up by doing the work of choosing to turn over judgments for correction (forgiveness) from the Holy Spirit (right mind). Make no mistake: This is death to the ego!
Conclusion: The ego is a vindictive and vicious thought system that aims to keep you stuck in this world by increasing your separation from everyone else using judgment. You cannot see Heaven from judgment. If you listen to the judgments of the ego, your life is a reflection of those judgments; however, if you listen with the Holy Spirit (right mind) and choose forgiveness by turning over those judgments, all the consequences of the ego (wrong mind) choices are undone. You do this by willing to completely give up the ego on that subject matter and choose another way. Turn it over! It all comes down to the choice of the internal Teacher. You cannot be a slave to two masters.
Forgiveness is summed up simply as this: Choose a different internal Teacher for the correction of the mind. God does not recognize judgment or that any error was ever made. To enter the Kingdom, your mind must be returned to true perception which is another name for peace.
The beauty and simplicity of A Course in Miracles (ACIM) really shines through one of its major principles: The Law of Cause and Effect. This is different from the Law of Attraction, a subject on which so much has been written about these last few years. ACIM answers not only why things are the way they are with the mind, but also how to implement these mind corrections needed to change your life. What it ultimately comes down to is the choice to change beliefs while staying in this world, or the choice to correct the mind and return home.
Affirmations are not part of A Course in Miracles as they are not necessary and here’s why: There is a “wrong” ego mind, and a “right” ego mind, both of which are still part of the same ego side of the split mind. Within the ego mind (error), the wrong side is all the negative judgments; and the right side is all the negative judgments trying to convince you how wonderful it is to live here in this negative world. Neither is the truth of your nature nor where you are trying to return your mind, according to ACIM.
The Law of Cause and Effect is this: According to the mind you use as cause, you will see the corresponding effect. Ideas do not leave their source: You.
Let’s use this example:
Someone is feeling the effects of being “poor,” or lack, in this world and wants to change their beliefs to now have “rich” (abundance, prosperity, money) show up. Both “poor” and “rich” are judgments of the ego using it as cause which can only produce ego effect. Ego being an unstable thought system, what you choose as “rich” will eventually go and you end up back with “poor.” It’s only a question of “when.”
The ego’s choice system is: (1) one or the other: (2) poor or rich; and, (3) ego or God. It asks you to choose between two things within the ego illusion and not to choose out of the illusion.
This is in contrast to choosing correction of the mind (forgiveness) where both “poor” and “rich” do not exist. A choice for correction of the mind allows the Holy Spirit Right Mind to be your cause which affects the you in this world; however, it does not have the effects you imagine since the ego cannot relate. It returns a portion of the mind to peace and ends senseless worry over rich and poor. It also produces effects in your life here but you will have to choose correction to experience them.