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32. Souls don't care about keeping bodies from dying

Saturday, Feb 10, 2024 2057 words 9 mins 8 secs

Why do we try to keep bodies from dying? This is a very deep question. ACIM tells us we are immortal beings, incapable of sickness or death. That God has created us to live forever, because nothing real can...

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31. Forms and bodies do not mean anything

Monday, Feb 20, 2023 1619 words 7 mins 11 secs1 comments

The form that something takes is NOT its meaning. A form is like an instance, or example of something, or a certain variant of its possible range of states, or a specific configuration amongst many possible configurations. Something can...

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30. Spiraling full-circle with the course

Sunday, Feb 12, 2023 1697 words 7 mins 32 secs

I recently seemed to come full circle with the course. And I mean, right back to the very beginning.

I found myself in states of false perception, looking at the world and its hellish ways. There was "tolerance for...

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29. You're making it all up as you go along

Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 1783 words 7 mins 55 secs

Over time with ACIM you may come to realize that you're making everything up as you go along. What things mean when stuff happens isn't actually a part of what happens. There is a judgement happening which comes in between...

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28. When the world tells you that you should suffer

Friday, Feb 10, 2023 1401 words 6 mins 13 secs

There was a situation in which something went wrong, but there wasn't any evidence whatsoever that the person involved caused it to happen. It seemed like there was no way they could've caused it. I noticed that as a...

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27. Uprooting all your values

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 775 words 3 mins 26 secs

The aspects of the Earth that you don't like, the things you are not fond of, the stuff you say is bad and wrong, the people you think of as guilty and sinful, are these really a part of...

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26. Open mindedness vs narrow mindedness

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022 1429 words 6 mins 21 secs

I've recently come to appreciate what these two terms mean. When I am taking over control, doing everything myself, identifying what things are and what they mean, assigning labels and projecting judgements, I am actually "narrowing down".

I narrow...

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25. The struggle of judgement

Thursday, Sep 29, 2022 1277 words 5 mins 40 secs

To judge, is to evaluate, or to decide upon the meaning. We assess, we deduce, and we theorize as to what something is. It's kind of like an attempt to study something, to learn something about it, to understand...

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24. Letting go of defining the meaning of everything

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022 3777 words 16 mins 47 secs1 comments

I have been noticing in myself lately that I keep being judgemental. My thoughts feel like judgements. Even just basic thoughts of "what something is" feels like a judgement. I wondered to myself why I seem to be judging...

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23. The world is meaningless and nothing in itself

Sunday, Aug 07, 2022 2180 words 9 mins 41 secs1 comments

"Heaven remains your one alternative to this strange world you made" .... "earth the other's sorry outcome which is Heaven's opposite in every way".

We made this world, the physical world, complete with stars and galaxies and planets and bodies,...

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22. The illusion of meaning in form

Saturday, Apr 09, 2022 502 words 2 mins 13 secs

"See how the body's eyes rest on externals, and CANNOT go beyond. Watch how they STOP at nothingness, unable to go BEYOND the form to meaning."

Physical sight is blinded by perception of form. It looks only at the...

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21. This meaningless world is a mirror for God's reflection

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2022 1384 words 6 mins 9 secs1 comments

It's important for us to be willing to look at the world and recognize that it HAS NO MEANING. The world ITSELF is utterly meaningless. It was made as a projected idea of the opposite of God. God is...

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20. What is it for? Don't ask what, ask why

Sunday, Mar 20, 2022 2542 words 11 mins 17 secs1 comments

"The test of EVERYTHING on earth is simply this: "What is it FOR?" The answer makes it what it IS for you. It has NO meaning of itself, yet you can GIVE reality to it, according to the purpose which...

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19. The true meaning of projection in ACIM

Thursday, Dec 30, 2021 2843 words 12 mins 38 secs

Projection doesn't just mean you're trying to blame others. ACIM has a much larger definition, and blame is only a small part of it.

Projection is actually a natural function of ALL minds, including God's. Projection really means extension,...

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18. The true meaning of the separation from God

Sunday, Dec 12, 2021 2754 words 12 mins 14 secs

"Separation" is an ACIM buzzword and yet often misunderstood. Most people associate separation with something unnatural, something to remove, and a sign of the ego. Separation is bad, oneness is good. Anything that even hints at a sign of separation...

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17. Being truly helpful and not destructive

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 1358 words 6 mins 2 secs

Your mind has the ability to be either constructive (creative) or destructive. Using the mind for destructive purposes is what the entire ego thought system is about. The whole world was made in an attempt to destroy God and Heaven.


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16. What is the meaning of the world?

Tuesday, Oct 01, 2019 784 words 3 mins 29 secs

"The idea for today is, of course, the reason why a meaningless world is impossible. What God did not create does not exist. And everything that does exist exists as He created it. The world you see has nothing to...

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15. What is it for? What is the purpose?

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 998 words 4 mins 26 secs

This idea, that should always ask "what is it for", is a fairly popular ACIM teaching. And it's useful to remember this. But I struggled to relate to this wording as if, the answer was obscure and unknown. We might...

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14. The ultimate purpose of the body, the world, space-time and perception

Sunday, Jun 02, 2019 421 words 1 mins 52 secs

"The final judgement on the world contains no condemnation. For it sees the world as totally forgiven, without sin and ***wholly purposeless***. Without a cause, and now ***without a function in Christ's sight, it merely slips away to nothingness.**** There...

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13. Jesus redefines the meaning of life and death

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 1398 words 6 mins 12 secs

In A Course in Miracles, Jesus gives a new definition for what is life, and what is death. He does not mean that life is "the stuff in this world" and that death is "when bodies are totally dead and...

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