"The goal of the curriculum, regardless of the teacher you choose, is KNOW THYSELF. There is nothing else to learn. Everyone is looking for himself and the power and glory he thinks he has lost."
"Above all else you want the freedom to remember who you really are."
"You have forgotten Who you really are."
"But you might remember that the reason FOR the course is that you do NOT know who you are."
The separation from God was also the separation from yourself. You blocked your awareness of who you really are. Your real self became obscure to you, forgotten and buried beneath layers of denial, distortion, lies and darkness.
What remains now, which you might think of as who you are conscious of being, is a very narrow and limited view of yourself. This narrowness confines you and seems to define you as small and imprsioned in a body. As if you are body-sized instead of universe-sized.
You think that the scope of your conscious awareness is the total scope of your whole self. Whatever of yourself you are aware of, that seems to be all of you. But it isn't. There is more to you.
It's kind of like you've got a bad case of amnesia, you are not consciously in touch with your actual real nature, and are no longer centered in the wholeness of your real self. You think you've turned yourself into someone else. So now you have a false and confused sense of identity. Especially if you think you are a physical body, or the ego.
In the back of your mind, underneath layers of denial, behind clouds of guilt, beyond various forms of deception and illusion, there is the core of your being. Your soul. Your real identity in God. It's still there, waiting to be uncovered.
It is a perfect self. The original self that God created you to be. And it hasn't really changed at all. But it's been concreted over by various beliefs and lies and stories you've tried to teach to yourself.
Your challenge, or really all that you need to do, is uncover and get back in touch with your real self. To sort through the garbage pile and clear away the blockages so that you can have a fuller sense of seeing, able to be aware of who you really are. Of who you have really always been, but you just forgot for a while.
The whole of ACIM is geared towards you remembering WHO YOU ARE. It's goal is to know yourself again. To uncover your real identity as Christ. And to restore your awareness of your place in God. It is a path of "self-realization". Who are you? God knows who you are. And the Holy Spirit can remind you.
"Your goal is to find out who you are, having denied your identity by attacking creation and its Creator"
"To hold a grievance is to forget who you are."
"You have handled this wish TO KILL YOURSELF by NOT KNOWING WHO YOU ARE, and identifying with something ELSE."
"Your Father's Name reminds you who you are, even within a world which does not know; even though you have not remembered it."
"And thus, if you confuse your function with the function of Another, you MUST be confused about yourself and who you are."
"You will lose all your fear of teaching and relating in any form once you know who you are."
"But what you really are must be revealed to you."
"And no one CAN know his function unless he knows who he IS."
"No course whose purpose is to teach you what you really are could fail to emphasize there is no difference in what you are and what love is."
"Atonement remedies the strange idea that it is possible to doubt yourself and be unsure of what you really are."
"Your real worth IS your divine authorship, and your Soul is its acknowledgement."
"And if your reality is God's, when YOU attack, you are not remembering HIM."
"By deciding AGAINST your reality, you have made yourself vigilant AGAINST God and His Kingdom. And it is THIS vigilance that makes you afraid to remember Him."
"what you REALLY are can not be seen nor pictured"
"This IS your reality. Do not desecrate it or recoil from it. It is your real home, your real temple, and your real self."