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ACIM Articles about Suffering

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38. The separate life

Friday, Sep 30, 2022 919 words 4 mins 5 secs

Separation is really about trying to do everything alone, without God. After all, if you separate yourself off from God, who was essentially doing everything for and with you, you end up in a position where you have do...

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37. Invulnerability to death

Saturday, Sep 24, 2022 1068 words 4 mins 44 secs

Being vulnerable in itself isn't a bad thing. To be vulnerable is to be exposed and open to something. Able to be affected by it. If you expose yourself to God openly you would resurrect into eternal life and...

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36. The one thing you do that leads you into hell

Sunday, May 01, 2022 2346 words 10 mins 25 secs

Somewhere in your mind, before all the consequences and side-effects that cascade, spiraling down into hell, there is a FIRST STEP. There's an initial "something" that you do, which leads to all the rest. It's the CAUSE of every aspect...

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35. 10 Steps to hell and back

Thursday, Apr 21, 2022 266 words 1 mins 10 secs

1. We had the idea we could be separate from God.

2. We invested the idea with belief, even though it was impossible. We believed in a total opposite to God.

3. This mad idea was projected outward and formed...

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34. It's always you doing all of it to yourself

Wednesday, Sep 08, 2021 1398 words 6 mins 12 secs

ACIM reiterates many times that WE ALONE ARE THE CAUSE of our own suffering. We are not ever at the effect of the world. We are the cause of the world, the dream, and everything we feel and think and...

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33. The root cause of all suffering

Sunday, Jul 04, 2021 1599 words 7 mins 6 secs

Upon entering the separation, we immediately entered into states of suffering. This happened because we rejected our wholeness. By choosing to believe we could be separate from God, in the fall of man, we were choosing not to be the...

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32. Being responsible for the suffering of others

Thursday, May 13, 2021 1137 words 5 mins 3 secs

Everyone has free will. Which means that all experiences are chosen. And nothing happens to anyone without their consent or choice. If this weren't true, it would be possible that someone's free will could be taken away from them, violated,...

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31. Salvation from suffering

Saturday, Apr 03, 2021 887 words 3 mins 56 secs

If you dream that an animal is attacking you, you can hardly blame the animal for attacking you. If you believe it is not you that's making the animal attack you, then you might believe the animal itself its attacking...

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30. The experience of personal hell

Sunday, Mar 21, 2021 2276 words 10 mins 6 secs

"Some illusions are shared, and some are part of your personal hell."

In this world, there are circumstances, events, happenings, situations, scenarios, some of which seem tolerable, and some of which are a nightmare. And rest assured that the world is...

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29. Why is life here so difficult?

Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 560 words 2 mins 29 secs

Change the world? Well. As it turns out, its not possible to immediately materialize changes with the mind, unless of course you are more spiritually advanced. In this world, all things tend to be governed by the ego laws, and...

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28. Freedom from all suffering

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 955 words 4 mins 14 secs

I'm kind of blown away right now, with this rapidly growing recognition that ALL suffering has ONE cause. That there is really only ONE lesson to learn.

The lesson simply is that,.... if you believe the world is REAL, YOU WILL...

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27. You cannot suffer. Who is suffering?

Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 2269 words 10 mins 5 secs

If you are immortal, you cannot suffer. You cannot be hurt, damaged, offended, upset, sad, unhappy, depressed, lacking joy, unloved, abused, made sick, killed, harmed, bruised, wounded, angered, nothing. You can only be immortal.

So what does that mean, in light...

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26. A healed mind in a body can still see suffering

Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 2611 words 11 mins 36 secs

There is a myth in the ACIM community relating to how perception works. It's based on the belief that we only have one perception, one outlook. There's us, in the body, perceiving. We read stuff about how perception shifts and...

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25. Transcending the world of suffering

Friday, Aug 16, 2019 454 words 2 mins 1 secs

If someone else is having a problem, and you feel concerned, there is something mistaken going on in your mind.

There is actually an ego reaction, based on the hierarchy of illusions, which says that based on the perceived severity of...

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24. Un-asked-for suffering - can the body be immortal?

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019 2703 words 12 mins 0 secs

Sometimes it *seems* as if something happens to us that we did not choose. Let's say, something physical in the world comes along and hurts your body. Maybe its a car crash. Maybe someone is having a bad day and...

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23. If God made the world, God made death and suffering

Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 1791 words 7 mins 57 secs

And if God created bodies, death would indeed be real. But God would not be loving."

Let's just be clear about something here. God creates or extends reality. Everything real is within God's being. Everything real comes from His Will. Ok....

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22. My complaints aren't working, damn it!

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019 809 words 3 mins 35 secs

Complaining is victimhood. And it doesn't work.

Anything that happens, you choose. If you are conscious, you make a conscious choice, with deliberate intent to produce an effect. You cause it, implement it, make it happen and put it in place,...

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21. The cause of sickness, pain and suffering

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 3011 words 13 mins 22 secs

"A major step in the Atonement plan is to undo error at ALL levels. Illness, which is really "not Right Mindedness", is the result of level confusion in the sense that it always entails the misbelief that what is amiss...

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20. Why tolerate suffering?

Friday, Apr 27, 2018 623 words 2 mins 46 secs

When I used to be sick or suffering, the only options at my disposal was to take a medication, or "wait it out" or "let it run its course" or go through the suffering until I had "fully suffered". Like...

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19. The guitless mind cannot suffer, because it heals the body

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 135 words 0 mins 36 secs

"The guiltless mind cannot suffer. Being sane, the mind HEALS THE BODY (making sickness and death IMPOSSIBLE) because it has been healed. The sane mind cannot conceive of illness because it cannot conceive of attacking anyone or anything."

This quote is...

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