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I’m new to A Course in Miracles. There seem to be so many books about and teachers of ACIM and often what they teach seems to conflict. How do I know who to follow?
The only Perfect Teacher is the Holy Spirit within you. Teachers in the world are imperfect. We teach because we are still learning. Teachers are at various stages in their awareness of Truth. This can make it seem like we contradict each other when it is just that some are more aware of…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on May 22, 2013 at 11:10am — No Comments
So if I am choosing my illness, what about animals? What about plants? They get diseases, too. What about infants and small children who get sick? Are they all choosing, too?
The entire universe of form, including all plants and animals, is a projection of not-Truth from the split mind. As not-Truth it is inherently limited, imperfect, and disordered. The split mind projects itself into not-Truth by projecting itself onto only one animal – humans. Your…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on May 15, 2013 at 11:41am — No Comments
I get confused about if there is one projection that we all share or if we are each living in our own projection…
It’s both. Not-Truth is a universe of form projected from one split mind. This projection includes billions of versions of the split-mind which make their own projections of meaning onto the universe of form. These projections are what make the experience seem dense, multi-layered, complex, mesmerizing, and convincing to each seemingly-individual…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on May 8, 2013 at 11:25am — No Comments
I had an encounter with someone who I would classify as a narcissist. During a particular conversation, he lost control himself and became irrational and demanding. What followed is a long story but basically he blames the whole argument on me. We are no longer on speaking terms which, to be honest, is a good thing because he started to be nasty even before that conversation.…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on May 1, 2013 at 1:32pm — No Comments
Can you help me understand Separation, and the solution to it as the only problem humans have?... –PM
God, or Reality, is formless, limitless Being. As a self in a body in a world you seem to experience a different reality. This experience of lack, limitation, and loss is obviously the opposite of God. So you seem to be “separate from God”. Your belief in this other reality is your only problem because if you did not believe in it you would not experience lack,…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on April 24, 2013 at 10:58am — No Comments
I have been a student of ACIM for about 5 years, being brought to it by someone who has been studying it for 30 years and who considers himself to be a great expert in it. The trouble is he is a difficult personality who sometimes becomes very judgmental of people and situations. I think someone who is so into the Course should not be like this and I point this out, in what I consider to be a calm and loving way. He, however, hates any criticism and gets very angry with…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on April 17, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments
Over many years now I have experienced the light through the Course, with intervals of seeming to fall back into darkness… To remember the warmth and Great Love from God that is in me when I write about it seems to vague out when my thoughts change back to human thoughts…It is also like living through the mirror into Alice in Wonderland’s chessboard. In these multiple sets of realities I seem to be experiencing I find it very difficult if not impossible to live as a real self let…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on April 10, 2013 at 12:36pm — No Comments
…Liz, I would like to know what a current day is like in the mind of an Advanced Teacher of God. Specially, I'd like to know spiritually what a whole day is like for you from waking to bedtime…some real life situations as to what you do in your mind relative to practicing ACIM with everyday practical situations. What is your waking hour like in terms of meditation or prayer? How do you deal with life situations that arise during the day like finding out your water is off due to a pipe in…Continue
In the process of reading the ACIM Text a second time, the following stumps me a second time: Chapter 2.V.1 "Before miracle workers are ready to undertake their function in this world, it is essential that they fully understand the fear of release. Otherwise they may unwittingly foster the belief that release is imprisonment, a belief that is already very prevalent."… - MS
The passage you quoted is where A Course in Miracles first discusses physical…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on March 27, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
“…I'd like to know more about the experience that only God is real. Are there any references to this experience in any of the 5 Course books/supplements? Do we have any way to speed up experiencing only God as real? Does this experience grow and mature, is it permanent once experienced initially or does it come and go in our mind? Tell us what you can about this please.” - JK
There are many descriptions throughout the books of A Course in Miracles of the…Continue
Is it safe to say that the ego always responds emotionally and the Holy Spirit always responds rationally?
The Holy Spirit (Teacher of Truth in your mind) does always respond rationally. But the ego (personal thought system in your mind) can be either emotional or rational. Its initial response to anything is emotional. This is how you can recognize it. But it may revert to rational thought quickly to repress or deny.
When you are rational you can tell which…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on March 13, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments
“What does it mean to look at things with Holy Spirit. What are we actually doing? You wrote an answer to a person who spoke about being lied to and you said to look at it with Holy Spirit. How does one do that? And when we invite Holy Spirit to look at things with us....what are we actually asking for and what is the experience?” – K
The Holy Spirit (Teacher of Truth) comes from God (Truth) in your mind. It is the thought system in your mind that is aware that…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on March 6, 2013 at 4:23pm — No Comments
“I have a friend who likes to say actions speak louder than words. And recently, I found out that she lied to me and it appears purposely deceitful…Initially, I felt sadness that a person who professed to love me would for lack of a better description lie to me. When I did tell her I knew about the whole event she acted like she wanted to counsel me on my sadness. This seemed to make me angry...All I ever ask for is the truth. As the truth stands on its own. I am having a challenge…Continue
“Can you give me any insight on Manifestation which is the big thing now? Jesus is always the example of the great Manifester, but what does ACIM say about manifestation, and does the Enlightenment that ACIM allows to a lucky few come with Manifestation possibilities?” – DH
This quote best sums up what A Course in Miracles says about manifestating:
You see what you expect, and you expect what you invite. Your…Continue
“I've never really had love… I've been the one out here who was born illegitimate, mom was a state child and abused. So when I was born I really wasn't shown love but lots of rejection. My own grown adult kids have shut the door in my face, I long to have my family but they threw me away. I wasn't abusive towards them...I have sought God all my life and at this point of age 62, I realize there is still hope, but I've found people can be nice, but it's all just words, nothing more and love…Continue
“How do we best cultivate "willingness" or is it by grace that we come to this? After a trauma in my life, it took me 4 years of suffering all the while thinking I was 'willing'...while praying and saying 'words' of surrender ...to realize that I was really being resistant!” – L
A Course in Miracles points out that you do not have to look for Love because you already have It. You only have to look for your obstacles to Love so that you can remove them and be…Continue
) …The Course speaks repeatedly about relationships, especially "The Holy Relationship". However, if those that we have had relationships in the illusion do not really exist, who do we have relationships with in Heaven? If, in Truth, there is no duality which means "all is one" - how does that allow for a relationship? Doesn't it take "two to tango"? Or, is it what I sometimes intuit, that when we see the Truth in another, we are really seeing a reflection of the Truth in us. …Continue
When ACIM talks about guilt is it talking about guilt for things I’ve done or is it talking about guilt for separating from God or both?
In a practical sense both, not because they are the same, but because the personal thought system (ego) blends them.
In the world there are laws and moral codes that are set up for the civilized functioning of society. These laws and codes vary from culture to culture and over time. When you are a child adults…Continue
In this time of financial woes, hopefully many can benefit from some words for guidance on surviving the money crunch. Trying to see things from the perspective of abundance and not from lack does get difficult when in the physical world bills pile up, debts get larger and income starts to shrink. Please share some of the thoughts that can keep us in line with Truth in these difficult times… – MLN
Do not define yourself by what does or does not appear in the…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Cronkhite on January 16, 2013 at 11:58am — No Comments
You say there are no individual spirits but what about ghosts? What about people who say they’ve seen Jesus? Or people who have near-death experiences say that they see their loved ones…
Just like material bodies, ghosts are projections of the split mind. Just like material bodies, any meaning you see in them you give to them. They are another form of not-Truth, or illusion.
Part of the confusion is that the word “spirit” is commonly used for…Continue