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A Course in Miracles is an Experience not an Intellectual Exercise

Updated on June 12, 2014

ACIM is a call 'Wake Up'

A Course in Miracles is an experience rather than an intellectual exercise. It invites us to apply its principles in our daily lives and experience for ourselves in a very practical way what it has to offer.

The course explains that we are each living in our heads believing ourselves to be separate from each other and from God. The world we make up inside our heads is not real but until we snap out of this dream state we are tied to the cycle of death and rebirth.

The ego

The dream we live is perpetuated by a construct of our own minds called ego. It is an idea that has gained so much energy that we believe it to be the “I” we think we are. The ego survives and thrives in an environment which keeps us separate from each other and from God. It does this by creating conflict not just without but within giving rise to the split mind.

The ego continuously seeks ways to make us feel defensive. It is by feeling fearful and vulnerable that we feel compelled to defend ourselves. We feed the ego by judging and criticising. Attack begins when we make up the meaning for things in our heads. The meaning we give things is the way we make judgements. Our judgements are the basis for perception and the way we create our illusory world.

ACIM offers a way to 'Wake Up'

The waking up process begins as soon as we start questioning our illusions. The chink in the ego's armour is the idea that absolute truth cannot exist because we have bought into the idea of subjective truth. Absolute truth cannot be perceived because perception in itself is subjective. However there is a way around this and this is the way taught by A Course in Miracles.

It is by reading the course yourself and applying its principles to your life that you experience how to extricate yourself from the world of ego perception and wake up from the dream we call 'reality'.

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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Denise. I wholeheartedly agree with you when you say "a connection to the soul was the missing link to their illness" and I commend you for sticking to your principles. I will most definitely check out the Diamond Approach and thank you for sharing this with me.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Xavier, well written and informative. I'm quite familiar with the ACIM text. Although I have never studied or read through the entire book, I was once part of a Unity church and our leading pastor was Marianne Williamson. She promoted study groups and there was a mad rush to the book store.

      I'm not sure why I was disinterested at the time. Nevertheless, spirit leads us and eventually I found my nonreligious spiritual path. It incorporates doing, not thinking, and experiencing each moment of Presence in the Universal 'One' Consciousness.

      After almost ten years I am able to move through my daily routine without separation from that which I am. The path I follow, should you be interested in investigating, is: the Diamond Approach. One of its founders is Hameed Ali. The school website is:

      What attracted me to the school, after reading the website, is the combination of psychology and spirituality. As a mental health nurse working with many depressed clients I always felt that a connection to the soul was the missing link to their illness. Therefore, despite caution to never bring 'religion' into a therapeutic exchange, I began to explore that subject with my clients and discovered it really made a difference. It grounded them back to Source and purpose. Two decades later, I felt my theory was validated and I was following a guidance that was more beneficial than had I followed protocol.

      I enjoyed listening to the first video about the history of ACIM. Thanks for your insights about A Course in Miracles.

      Up/U/A/I and shared throughout...

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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      Yes, Ruby I fully understand and agree. Religion is a sign post not a destination and I have never been a fan of organised religion and that is why ACIM is like a breath of fresh air. Thank you for the visit and much appreciated support.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I must say that i was enlightened by watching the first video and could relate with some of her statements, ie, Church of Scientology. I was very much in that mode at one time. I also thought i wanted to become a catholic, then i bought every book written by Edgar Cayce. I joined a baptist church and was baptized. My point, i was never completely sure about any religion. Over time, i have come full circle. I believe in God not religion. I understood what she meant about Christ mind. I believe we are here to spread love and help the needy. It is a process of learning and doing. I would like to read 'A course in miracles' Thank you for sharing...