ACIM CLARIFICATION OF TERMS 1. MIND-SPIRIT

ACIM CLARIFICATION OF TERMS 1. MIND-SPIRIT

1. The term mind is used to represent the activating agent of spirit, supplying its creative energy. When the term is capitalized it refers to God or Christ (i.e., the Mind of God or the Mind of Christ). Spirit is the thought of God which He created like Himself. The unified spirit is God’s one Son, or Christ.

2. In this world, because the mind is split, the Sons of God appear to be separate. Nor do their minds seem to be joined. In this illusory state, the concept of “individual mind” seems to be meaningful. It is therefore described in the course as if it has two parts, spirit and ego.

3. Spirit is the part that is still in contact with God through the Holy Spirit, Who abides in this part but sees the other part as well. The term “soul” is not used except in direct biblical quotations because of its highly controversial nature. It would,  however, be an equivalent of “spirit,” with the understanding that, being of God, it is eternal and was never born.

4. The other part of the mind is entirely illusory and makes only illusions. Spirit retains the potential for creating, but its Will, which is God’s, seems to be imprisoned while the mind is not unified. Creation continues unabated because that is the Will of God. This Will is always unified and therefore has no meaning in this world. It has no opposite and no degrees.

5. The mind can be right or wrong, depending on the voice to which it listens. Right-mindedness listens to the Holy Spirit, forgives the world, and through Christ’s vision sees the real world in its place. This is the final vision, the last perception, the condition in which God takes the final step Himself. Here time and illusions end together.

6. Wrong-mindedness listens to the ego and makes illusions, perceiving sin and justifying anger, and seeing guilt, disease, and death as real. Both this world and the real world are illusions because right-mindedness merely overlooks, or forgives, what never happened. Therefore it is not the One-mindedness of the Christ Mind, Whose Will is one with God.

7. In this world the only remaining freedom is the freedom of choice, always between two choices or two voices. Will is not involved in perception at any level and has nothing to do with choice. Consciousness is the receptive mechanism, receiving messages from above or below, from the Holy Spirit or the ego. Consciousness has levels and awareness can shift quite dramatically but it cannot transcend the perceptual realm. At its highest it becomes aware of the real world and can be trained to do so increasingly. Yet the very fact that it has levels and can be trained demonstrates that it cannot reach knowledge.[1]

In today’s meditational text, let us consider the terms Mind and Spirit. Spirit is the Oneness of God, it is the Thought of God – it is always unified, whole, and is the Sonship of God as well as the Fatherhood of God. This is not difficult to understand when we remove our gaze from the particular and look upon the whole, when we contemplate the Spirit, we enter into an experience of Spirit. We see that Spirit can only be whole and wholesome and holy – there can be no “evil” spirit(s), for Spirit is one. 

The word we use for “mind,” is a symbol with two meanings.  Jesus tells us that it is an activating agent. When we use our mind, we have choices – we can either choose wrongly or rightly. We choose between Holy Spirit or ego, between light or darkness, between peace or war. We choose whom we like and whom we dislike. As “individuals” we try to find meaning in our separate states of mind, we try to find meaning in opposites and opposition; I will try to find meaning in my life without you in it and you will try to find meaning in your life without me in it.  Because A Course in Miracles was designed to address our separateness, to give us direction within an illusion, to awaken us from a stupor of madness, the mind is described as separate, as being “individualized,” as you having one mind and me another – as your mind and my mind being split between ego and spirit.  However, no matter how we experience it,  the mind is never split – it is always whole and right and forever; but because we believe we are separate, we appear separate to one another; because we believe our minds have choices between right and wrong, light and darkness, love for God and for one another and hatred for God and for one another – so our minds have been polluted with fictional stories, fallacies, and falsehoods. 

This is what we must be saved from!  Our Spirit is still in touch with God because it is holy and is the only true and everlasting thing about us. Our Spirit does not begin with our earthly birth, nor does it end with our earthly death – it is forever, created in the Mind of God in Spirit, in oneness, in the fullness of Christ. 

Meditate upon this lesson and ask Holy Spirit to reveal its truth to you, for only as we open our hearts and minds to the Inner Guide will we learn the truth about our sojourn in time.  The mind of humanity can be “right” or “wrong,” it has a choice between holiness and nothingness, it can listen to one voice and then listen to the other voice and not be able to tell much difference. It learns by hook and crook; it takes two steps forward and then three steps back!  No matter what voice we listen to in the flesh, neither voice is the Mind of Christ; neither voice is God’s Will.  

We must learn this to recognize the ploys of the ego, for as long as we are engaged in what is “right” and what is “wrong,” we are stooges in the clutches of time. As long as we are engaged in the world, our only freedom will be which voice we will listen to, which voice we will heed. Will we choose ego and illusions which judges people as sinful, throws temper tantrums, seeks to punish people for their mistakes, wasting our lives getting caught up in the world’s issues or will we choose to follow the guidance of Holy Spirit, forgiving humanity and seeking the Vision of Christ to see beyond to a world forgiven of its separateness, specialness, and scurrility?  Just know that whatever world you choose to see, whichever Guide you choose to follow – neither one of them is Reality – for this whole shebang is an illusion, a place of perception-only, and the human conscious cannot transcend this realm, but only reach for and train for and be prepared for the return to Spirit, the return to God.   

Again, we urge you to consult with Holy Spirit, other teachers of A Course in Miracles, and with your holy partner for a deepened understanding of this lesson.  Perhaps our commentary was helpful in some ways and not so helpful in others – we are not going to waste our time in theology, for we seek an experience which is beyond words, definition, and a theoretical framework.  As we reach for the real world based upon holy and healed perception, we learn of God’s Kingdom, we learn through opposites and contrasts between the real and the unreal, we learn to love God rather than fear God; we learn devotion to peace and not war; we learn to practice conviviality and to put behind us forever all that is lacking and coarse and untrue. As we are reacquainted with our true Spirit, we lose our human consciousness and regain the Sonship where there are no levels, no hierarchies, no opposites or contrasts of any kind.  This is true knowledge, and  while true knowledge is beyond the scope of this course, this course leads the way to our return to God Who is Love, and the only Love that Is.


[1] A Course in Miracles. Clarification of Terms. 1. Mind-spirit. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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My love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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